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Oakland Book Festival: Angela Davis, Ishmael Reed, Laura Albert, more

21 MAY 2017 — sunday

The Oakland Book Festival presents one hundred writers in fifty events on one day, this year featuring writers Angela Davis, Judith Butler, Danielle Allen, Jeff Chang, Arlie Hochschild, Sheryl Oring, Mistah F.A.B., Wendy Brown, Ishmael Ree, Laura Albert, and Anthony Marra among many others; this literary event is dedicated to books, ideas, and the pleasures of literacy, aiming to serve the reading public, to encourage debate, and celebrate Oakland; the City Hall hearing rooms host panels in which journalists, fiction writers, poets, editors, critics, and memoirists discuss challenges of gentrification, cosmopolitan, diversity, tolerance, conflict, education, more, audience participation is encouraged; live performances for all ages as well as a dedicated children's area featuring readings hosted by the Oakland Public Library, book-making projects sponsored by Oakland's Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA), and interactive programs courtesy of Fairyland, book vendors and publishers exhibit [Visit Poetry Flash and Manic D Press at Booth 33! Come see the latest books on pop culture from Manic D Press and pick up free Poetry Flash poem bookmarks and the latest on the 2017 Northern California Book Awards], Oakland City Hall and Frank Ogawa Plaza, downtown Oakland, free, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 (www.oaklandbookfestival.org)




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25 SEPTEMBER 2017 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents reading by Dave Holt, open reading follows, need a prompt for the open reading? "Outer Limits," hosted by J.D., Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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26 SEPTEMBER 2017 — tuesday

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  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Kristina Brown and Stephen Kessler, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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  • Poet Matthew Zapruder in conversation with Oscar Villalon, managing editor of ZYZZYVA literary journal, celebrating the release of Why Poetry, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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27 SEPTEMBER 2017 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • An evening with celebrated poet Yrsa Daley-Ward reading from Bone, a poignant collection of autobiographical poems about the heart, life, and inner self, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Josh Weil reads from his new novel, The Age of Perpetual Light, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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28 SEPTEMBER 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Thomas Centolella, Almost Human, and Susan Gubernat, The Zoo at Night, request ASL interpreters one week in advance at editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • The SFSU Poetry Center presents a poetry reading and conversation with Camille T. Dungy, Trophic Cascade, and Javier Zamora, Unaccompanied, The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/338-2227, www.sfsu.edu)
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  • Celebrating the release of Heaven is All Goodbyes, the much-awaited second book by Tongo Eisen-Martin, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Zoe Quinn discusses Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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29 SEPTEMBER 2017 — friday

30 SEPTEMBER 2017 — saturday


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