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Mechanics' Institute: Story Power Workshop

22 AUGUST 2020 — saturday

The Mechanics' Institute Library of San Francisco offers "Story Power: The Storytelling Revolution from Traditional to Personal," a workshop taught by author Kate Farrell, on the radical changes in storytelling and how to create, craft, and tell a memorable story, offered in partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference, online, $24.99 general/$19.99 MI members, 10:00-11:30 am PDT (For questions: tedwards@milibrary.org, register at www.milibrary.org/events)




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3 AUGUST 2020 — monday

  • Rivertown Poets present Aqus Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Sandra Anfang every Monday, three minutes per reader, sign up in advance, 8:15-8:30 pm PDT (https://aqus.com/event/rivertown-poets-weekly/all, Zoom:
  • The Fire Thieves Poetry Series presents "The Healing Fire," eleventh edition of this event series, with featured poets Maw Shein Win, Jennifer Barone, Genevieve Yuen, Norma Smith, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, online, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (RSVP on The Fire Thieves Facebook group page to be sent the Zoom link, www.facebook.com/events/767385277362539)

4 AUGUST 2020 — tuesday

  • First Tuesday Poets Night presents a featured reading by Poet Laureate Emerita of Belmont, California, Tanuja Wakefield, followed by an open mic, hosted by Lisa Rosenberg and Moncia Korde, online, 4:00-5:45 pm PDT (email Lisa for Zoom link: LRconsulting@me.com)

5 AUGUST 2020 — wednesday

  • Booksmith and The Bindery host a virtual event with New York Times best-selling author Aimee Bender for her new novel, The Butterfly Lampshade, tickets are $5 and can be applied towards the purchase of the book (Advance registration is required: app.gopassage.com/events/aimee-bender)
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents an author's talk by Ruha Benjamin, Princeton Professor of African American Studies, on her new book Race after Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, free, online, 4:00-5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events)
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents an event with David Sheff to celebrate his new book, The Buddhist on Death Row: How One Man Found Light in the Darkest Place, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (register to attend: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/event)

6 AUGUST 2020 — thursday

  • The Mechanics' Institute Library of San Francisco hosts "Write If You Dare," a drop-in writing workshop for all genres and levels with directed free writing and sharing, member-led, free for MI members, 11:00 am–1:00 pm PDT (for questions: tedwards@milibrary.org, online sign up: www.milibrary.org/events)
  • The Racket Weekly presents six to eight writers and poets, hosted by Noah Sanders, every Thursday, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (See Facebook page for Zoom link: theacketsf.com)
  • Aloud on Words presents Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman discussing their new book, Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close, in conversation with Glory Edim, co-sponsored by Scripts and The Library Foundation of Los Angeles, online: 5:00pm PDT (Register to attend at Eventbrite.com or email programs@lfla.org for Zoom link)

7 AUGUST 2020 — friday

  • Mechanics' Institute's CinemaLit, a salon to discuss films, with a special August focus on Black Lives, invites the public to discuss I'm Not Your Negro, an acclaimed documentary on the famed author and intellectual James Baldwin, hosted and curated by Matthew Kennedy, online, free to the public, 6:00–7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend at www.milibrary.org/events)
  • Mechanics' Institute Library of San Francisco offers a class to help writers develop and present their pitch to promote a manuscript, taught by literary agent Katherine Sands, interactive, limited to twelve students, personal feedback available in advance, $99 general/$79 MI members, online, Noon-2:00 pm PDT (For questions: tedwards@milibrary.org, register at www.milibrary.org/events)
  • Nomadic Press hosts a virtual open mic with thirty slots, hosted by Nazelah Jamison, every Friday, three minutes per reader, 6:00–7:30 pm PDT (Sign up to read: forms.gle/1ZNKSnnzRZpXxvUE7; online Zoom link is posted on Nomadic Press Facebook invitation)
  • San Francisco Public Library's World Literature Book Club meets virtually to discuss the drama Galileo, by Bertolt Brecht, free, online, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events)

8 AUGUST 2020 — saturday

9 AUGUST 2020 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by devorah major, Califia's Daughter, and James Cagney, Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link and information on how to join the reading)

10 AUGUST 2020 — monday

  • Rivertown Poets present Aqus Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Sandra Anfang every Monday, three minutes per reader, sign up in advance, 8:15-8:30 pm PDT (https://aqus.com/event/rivertown-poets-weekly/all, Zoom:

11 AUGUST 2020 — tuesday

  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents award-winning photographer and writer Jana Marcus in conversation with journalist Wallace Baine on her new book Line of Blood: Uncovering a Secret Legacy of Mobsters, Money, and Murder, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/event)

12 AUGUST 2020 — wednesday

  • San Francisco Public Library presents a virtual author's talk by Mark Bieschke, Queer: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide for Teens, on his new book, Into the Streets: A Young Person's Visual History of Protest in the United States, free, online, 4:00-5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events)
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz Bookshop Santa Cruz celebrates legendary filmmaker John Waters and his new collection of essays, Mr. Know-It-All, in conversation with Steve Palopoli, editor of Good Times, ticketed, online, 7:00 pm PDT (To buy tickets: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/event)
  • Works/San José presents Flash Fiction Forum hosted by Lita Kurth and Tania Martin, featuring Ashley Jones, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Colleen Shoshana McKee, Marilyn Fahey, Lita Kurth, Jessica Zang, Deborah Kennedy, Gregory Kompes, Jan Steckel, Victoria Johnson, and more, free, online, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (Register at www.flashfictionforum.com)
  • Berkeley Arts & Letters and Quiet Lightning host a virtual event with activist and journalist Shaun King for his new book Make Change: How to Fight Injustice, Dismantle Systemic Oppression, and Own Our Future, online, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (Advance RSVP is required: app.gopassage.com/events/shaun-king)

13 AUGUST 2020 — thursday

  • The Booksmith and The Bindery host a virtual event with Man V. Nature author Diane Cook for her debut novel, The New Wilderness, in conversation with Rahawa Haile, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (Streamed live from The Booksmith Facebook page: www.facebook.com.booksmith)
  • The Museum of African Diaspora hosts Open Mic Night with featured reader Imani Cezann, poet, performer, and teaching artist, hosted by Nia McAllister, online, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (For links to sign up for Open Mic and attend: www.moadsf.org/calendar)
  • The Racket Weekly presents six to eight writers and poets, hosted by Noah Sanders, every Thursday, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (See Facebook page for Zoom link: theacketsf.com)
  • San Francisco Public Library's Poet Jam with Kim Shuck, a virtual reading with San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and guest poets, free, online, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events)
  • Mechanics' Institute Library of San Francisco hosts "Write If You Dare," a drop-in writing workshop for all genres and levels with directed free writing and sharing, member-led, free for MI members, 11:00 am–1:00 pm PDT (For questions: tedwards@milibrary.org, online sign up: www.milibrary.org/events)
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents Karen Tei Yamashita reading from her new collection of short stories, Sensei and Sensibility, co-sponsored by Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/event)

14 AUGUST 2020 — friday

  • Mechanics' Institute Library's CinemaLit, a salon to discuss films, with a special August focus on Black Lives, invites the public to discuss a documentary on the Gullah community, Daughters of the Dust, by Julia Dash, hosted and curated by Matthew Kennedy, online, free to the public, 6:00–7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend at www.milibrary.org/events)
  • Nomadic Press hosts a virtual open mic with thirty slots, hosted by Nazelah Jamison, every Friday, three minutes per reader, 6:00–7:30 pm PDT (Sign up to read: forms.gle/1ZNKSnnzRZpXxvUE7; online Zoom link is posted on Nomadic Press Facebook invitation)
  • San Francisco Public Library's On the Same Page Book Club meets virtually to discuss You Have the Right to Remain Fat, by Virgie Tovar, free, online, 2:00-3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events)

15 AUGUST 2020 — saturday

  • Jingletown Reading & Open Mic celebrates writers and artists committed to social justice and determined to make a positive change in our communities; this month's featured readers are Camille T. Dungy, Mike Sonksen, and Michael Warr, Open Mic is limited to five readers, four minutes each, with hosts harold terezόn and Adela Najarro, online, 2:00–3:30 pm PDT (Zoom: 992 1716 1772, password: justice; see "Jingletown Reading & Open Mic" Facebook page)

16 AUGUST 2020 — sunday

17 AUGUST 2020 — monday

  • Rivertown Poets present Aqus Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Sandra Anfang every Monday, three minutes per reader, sign up in advance, 8:15-8:30 pm PDT (https://aqus.com/event/rivertown-poets-weekly/all, Zoom:
  • San Francisco Public Library's On the Same Page Book Club meets virtually to discuss the acclaimed, award-winning poetry book Citizen, by Claudia Rankine, free, online, 2:00-3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events)

18 AUGUST 2020 — tuesday

  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents British-Rhodesian author Alexandra Fuller discussing her new memoir, Travel Light, Move Fast, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/event)
  • San Francisco Public Library presents Virgie Tovar, You Have the Right to Remain Fat, discussing her new book, The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color, free, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events)

19 AUGUST 2020 — wednesday

  • The Mechanics' Institute Library of San Francisco hosts a Flash Fiction Open Mic, to examine the truths and the lies we're uncovering amid this global pandemic, moderated by Lyzette Wanzer, free to the public, 6:00–7:30 pm PDT (Sign up to read: tedwards@milibrary.org, and register to attend at www.milibrary.org/events)
  • Lyrics & Dirges presents a reading to mark its eleventh year of presenting the diverse voices of the East Bay, hosted by Sharon Coleman and MK Chavez, online, 7:30-9:00 pm PDT (Online on Zoom; see Lyrics & Dirges Facebook page for link; use your real name on Zoom)

20 AUGUST 2020 — thursday

  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents Green Architecture pioneer Lloyd Kahn discussing his new book, The Half-Acre Homestead, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/event)
  • The Racket Weekly presents six to eight writers and poets, hosted by Noah Sanders, every Thursday, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (See Facebook page for Zoom link: theacketsf.com)
  • The Mechanics' Institute Library of San Francisco hosts "Write If You Dare," a drop-in writing workshop for all genres and levels with directed free writing and sharing, member-led, free for MI members, 11:00 am–1:00 pm PDT (For questions: tedwards@milibrary.org, online sign up: www.milibrary.org/events)

21 AUGUST 2020 — friday

  • Nomadic Press hosts a virtual open mic with thirty slots, hosted by Nazelah Jamison, every Friday, three minutes per reader, 6:00–7:30 pm PDT (Sign up to read: forms.gle/1ZNKSnnzRZpXxvUE7; online Zoom link is posted on Nomadic Press Facebook invitation)

22 AUGUST 2020 — saturday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents "Poetry: Our Spirits Carry Our Voices," a reading by poets from the Bay Area, Ghana, and Côte d'Ivoire, inspirational work on bringing people together, free, online, 11:00 am-12:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events)
  • The Mechanics' Institute Library of San Francisco offers "Story Power: The Storytelling Revolution from Traditional to Personal," a workshop taught by author Kate Farrell, on the radical changes in storytelling and how to create, craft, and tell a memorable story, offered in partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference, online, $24.99 general/$19.99 MI members, 10:00-11:30 am PDT (For questions: tedwards@milibrary.org, register at www.milibrary.org/events)

23 AUGUST 2020 — sunday

  • City Lights Live! presents translator and editor Kristen Gehrman, in conversation with Jennifer Croft, celebrating the publication, in English, of Dola de Jong's The Tree and the Vine, a novel about Queer life in The Netherlands under occupation, translated from the Dutch, online, Noon PDT (Via Zoom, register at Eventbrite.com, see www.citylights.com/info/?fa=events)

24 AUGUST 2020 — monday

  • Rivertown Poets present Aqus Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Sandra Anfang every Monday, three minutes per reader, sign up in advance, 8:15-8:30 pm PDT (https://aqus.com/event/rivertown-poets-weekly/all, Zoom:

25 AUGUST 2020 — tuesday

  • Join a diverse community of poets at Berkeley City College in Sharon Coleman's Poetry Writing class, all levels, exploring surrealist poetics and games, Engl 91A, 92A, 93A, 94, online, this is the first day of a sixteen-week semester for about $150, Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm PDT (Sign up in advance at ; for more information and how to bypass the pre-rec, email scoleman@peralta.edu)
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents presents Dan Pfeiffer—White House Communications Director under President Obama (2009-2013), Senior Advisor to the President (2013-2015), and co-host of Pod Save America—discussing his book, Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again, with Santa Cruz County Supervisor Zach Friend, ticketed, online, 7:00 pm PDT (To buy tickets: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/event)

26 AUGUST 2020 — wednesday

27 AUGUST 2020 — thursday

  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents neuroscientist David Eagleman discussing his new book on neuroplasticity, Livewired, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/event)
  • The Museum of African Diaspora hosts Open Mic Night with featured reader New York poet Raymond Nat Turner, hosted by Nia McAllister, online, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (For links to sign up for Open Mic and attend: www.moadsf.org/calendar)
  • The Racket Weekly presents six to eight writers and poets, hosted by Noah Sanders, every Thursday, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (See Facebook page for Zoom link: theacketsf.com)
  • The Mechanics' Institute Library of San Francisco hosts "Write If You Dare," a drop-in writing workshop for all genres and levels with directed free writing and sharing, member-led, free for MI members, 11:00 am–1:00 pm PDT (For questions: tedwards@milibrary.org, online sign up: www.milibrary.org/events)

28 AUGUST 2020 — friday

  • Nomadic Press hosts a virtual open mic with thirty slots, hosted by Nazelah Jamison, every Friday, three minutes per reader, 6:00–7:30 pm PDT (Sign up to read: forms.gle/1ZNKSnnzRZpXxvUE7; online Zoom link is posted on Nomadic Press Facebook invitation)

29 AUGUST 2020 — saturday

30 AUGUST 2020 — sunday

31 AUGUST 2020 — monday

  • Rivertown Poets present Aqus Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Sandra Anfang every Monday, three minutes per reader, sign up in advance, 8:15-8:30 pm PDT (https://aqus.com/event/rivertown-poets-weekly/all, Zoom:

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