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15 OCTOBER 2020 — thursday

  • Left Margin LIT presents The Memoir of Childhood Memoir Workshop with Tommy Moulton, a John Steinbeck Fellow, focusing on childhood memories and the emotion and truth they evoke as a creative foundation for memoir writing, $245, online, runs four-weeks, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (Enroll here: https://www.leftmarginlit.org/memoir-of-childhood-mouton)
  • Litquake presents nonfiction writer Bridget Quinn and her book She Votes: How U.S. Women Won Suffrage, and What Happened Next, in conversation with artist and historian Nell Irvin Painter, moderated by author and photographer Tabitha Soren, free, online, 4:00-5:15 pm PDT (Register to attend: litquake2020festival.sched.com/event/dlQI/she-votes-how-us-women-won-suffrage)
  • Point Reyes Books presents writer and essayist Hugh Raffles discussing The Book of Unconformities: Speculations on Lost Time, a meditation on the suddenness of death and the objects and relationships that can anchor us to the world, in conversation with Stephen Sparks, owner of Point Reyes Books, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/hugh-raffles)
  • 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)

16 OCTOBER 2020 — friday

  • The Elysian Valley Arts Collective and Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice present Reading the River: The Poetry of Lewis MacAdams, a celebration of the life and work of Lewis MacAdams (1944-2020), poet, activist, and founder of Friends of the Los Angeles River, where he worked to clean up the Los Angeles River and advocated for its preservation; featuring readings of MacAdam's poetry by poets Adam Saroyan, Mike Sonksen, and some surprise guests, moderated by journalist Rex Weiner, free, online, 5:00-6:00 pm PDT (Register for the Zoom event here: www.evartscollective.com/event-details/reading-the-river-the-poetry-of-lewis-macadams)
  • Litquake presents Fernanda Melchor and her debut novel Hurricane Season, a thrilling noir that takes place in a Mexican village on the Gulf Coast, in conversation with novelist and professor Yuri Herrera, free, online, 5:00-6:15 pm PDT (Register to attend: litquake2020festival.sched.com/event/dlQg/hurricane-season-fernanda-melchor-with-yuri-herrera)
  • 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)
  • Community of Writers presents Poetry First Aid, quick ten-minute consultations where you can bring a poem-in-progress, ask questions, and receive feedback, featuring Community of Writers staff poets Kazim Ali, Brenda Hillman, and Evie Shockley, available only to alums of the Poetry Workshop of the Community of Writers, $18, online, 1:30-5:30 pm PDT (Register here: communityofwriters.org/events/event/poetry-first-aid-session-1)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink presents Using Tarot to Write Love Poems Workshop with poet Tania Pryputniewicz, November Butterfly, on the connection between tarot, poetry, love, and the emphatic emotional connection they draw, $15 members/$20 nonmembers, online, Noon-1:45 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.sandiegowriters.org/ffw-tarot-love-poems-tania-pryputniewicz)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink presents Adapting for Artists, a workshop session with Tim West, noted actor, playwright, and theatre artist, demonstrating that the process of adaptation is a necessary tool for artists, across genres or mediums, $15 members/$20 nonmembers, online, 10:00-11:45 am PDT (Register to attend: http://www.sandiegowriters.org/ffw-adapting-for-artists-tim-west)
  • Point Reyes Book presents naturalist and essayist Terry Tempest Williams discussing her book Erosion: Essays of Undoing, addressing erosion, from environmental crises to the fight for democracy, a benefit event for the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, free with suggested donation, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/terry-tempest-williams)

17 OCTOBER 2020 — saturday

  • Jingletown Reading & Open Mic celebrates writers committed to social justice: José Héctor Cadena, Kin Folkz, Aimee Suzara, open mic limited to five readers, hosted by harold terezόn and Adela Najarro, online, 2:00-3:30 pm PDT (Online: Zoom: 992 1716 1772, password: justice, Facebook Live)
  • Litquake and City Lights Books presents a celebration of the latest issue of Freeman's literary journal, featuring numerous writings on the subject of love, with editor John Freeman, Los Angeles Poet Laureate Robin Coste Lewis, novelist Tommy Orange, and fiction writer Matt Sumell, free, online, 5:00-6:15 pm PDT (Register to attend: litquake2020festival.sched.com/event/dlQi/freemans-best-new-writings-on-love)
  • Litquake presents Cockette member Fayette Hauser and her illustrated book The Cockettes: Acid Drag & Sexual Anarchy, stories and rare photos about the legendary San Francisco hippie theater group, also featuring Cockette members Richard "Scrumbly" Koldewyn and Pam Tent, free, online, 7:00-8:15 pm PDT (Register to attend: litquake2020festival.sched.com/event/dlQo/the-cockettes-acid-drag-sexual-anarchy-and-san-francisco-craziness)
  • San Diego Writers, Ink presents an Online Showcase: Healing Through Story, performances and readings by students of the six-week class run by Brenda Adelman, actor and storyteller, whose one-woman show My Brooklyn Hamlet has toured in four countries and ten states, $5, online, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.sandiegowriters.org/online-showcase-healing-through-story-brenda-adelman)
  • Beyond Baroque presents "Discovering a Poet's Aesthetic: a Virtual Writing Retreat" with poet Eric Morago, a workshop emphasizing craft and aesthetic, where participants give and receive constructive critiques of their poetry, $80 members, $100 nonmembers, online, runs two-days, October 17-18, 11:00 am-3:00 pm PDT (Enroll here: www.beyondbaroque.org/intensive_workshops.html)

18 OCTOBER 2020 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Karen Kevorkian, Quivira, and Ramón García, The Chronicles, 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)
  • Community of Writers presents their Alumni Reading Series, featuring recently published alumni poets Robin Page, Shobha Rao, Marci Vogel, Alia Volz, and Kate Wisel, with host poet and novelist Jimin Han, free, online, 5:30-6:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: communityofwriters.org/events/event/2020-alumni-reading-series-1)

19 OCTOBER 2020 — monday

  • The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books presents playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar, Homeland Elegies, in conversation with religious scholar Reza Aslan, free, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/?3_route=/client-embeds/la-times-festival-of-books-2020/1/3/__/&)
  • Litquake presents Noir at the (Virtual) Bar: Mystery Writers of America, featuring mystery writers Cara Black, Robin Burcell, Rae James, S.A. Lelchuk, Camille Minichino, Jason Ridler, Faye Snowdon, and Jacqueline Winspear, moderated by novelist Laurie R. King, free, online, 7:00-8:15 pm PDT (Register to attend: litquake2020festival.sched.com/event/dlRA/noir-at-the-virtual-bar-mystery-writers-of-america)
  • Litquake presents "The Root Slam: Working People's Section," featuring readings from the event organizers, including Isabella Borgeson, Tianna Bratcher, Gabriel Cortez, Ciera-Jevae Gordon, Natasha Huey, Will Smith, and Sandy Vazquez, organizers of The Root Slam, an Oakland poetry venue dedicated to promoting Black, indigenous, people of color, queer, trans, gender-nonconforming, women, working class, disabled, and immigrant artists and poets, free, online, 5:00-6:15 pm PDT (Register to attend: litquake2020festival.sched.com/event/dlR6/the-root-slam-working-peoples-section)
  • Folio Books presents The Odd Mondays reading series, featuring three authors reading from new work: host Richard May, Gay All Year, novelist Mathangi Subramanian, A People's History of Heaven, and novelist Michael Nava, Lies With Man, free, online, 7:00-8:15 pm PDT (RSVP at www.facebook.com/OddMondays or email oddmondaysnoevalley@gmail.com for the Zoom link)
  • Aqus presents Rivertown Poets, featuring a poetry reading by Phyllis Meshulam, Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, and Zoya Ahmed, first Youth Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, open mic to follow, free, online, 6:15-8:00 pm PDT (RSVP and sign up for the open mic here: aqus.com/rivertownpoets)
  • Kepler's Books presents Namwali Serpell discussing Stranger Faces, essays on how people's appearances affect our actions towards them, in conversation with writer Carmen Maria Machado, free, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.keplers.org/upcoming-events-internal/serpell2020)

20 OCTOBER 2020 — tuesday

21 OCTOBER 2020 — wednesday

  • Litquake presents journalists Dani Anguino and Alastair Gee, Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy, and Scott James, Trial by Fire: A Devastating Tragedy, 100 Lives Lost, and a 15-Year Search for Truth, as they discuss their books about the horrific fires experienced recently in California, moderated by journalist Frances Dinkelspiel, founder of Berkeleyside, free, online, 7:00-8:15 pm PDT (Register to attend: litquake2020festival.sched.com/event/dlRS/telling-true-stories-trials-by-fire)
  • Vroman's Bookstore and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books presents Jerry Brown, former governor of California, and biographer Jim Newton to discuss Newton's book Man of Tomorrow: The Relentless Life of Jerry Brown, in conversation with Los Angeles Times columnist Gustavo Arellano, free, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.vromansbookstore.com/event/la-times-festival-books-jerry-brown-and-jim-newton)
  • College of Marin offers this Poetry Writing Master Class, led by poet Thomas Centolella, where students discuss notable poems each week and critique each other's original work, $119, online via Zoom, runs six-weeks, October 21-December 2, 2:10-5:00 pm PDT (Enroll here: marincommunityed.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=course.classinformation&coursenumber=7412)
  • A memorial reading for poet, teacher, activist, and publisher Les Gottesman (1945-2019), founder of Omerta Publications where he published numerous poets and writers, featuring readings of Les Gottesman's poetry and work by Omerta Publications' poets, including Bill Crossman, Sharon Doubiago, Herb Gold, Jack Hirschman, and more, emceed by poet and novelist Hilton Obenzinger, free, online, 3:00-5:00 pm PDT (Link to the Zoom event here: us02web.zoom.us/j/87097845937?pwd=Q01SYXVoRkRMNTVXNERqMGJnZVhKUT09#success)
  • Spoken Interludes presents novelist Darin Strauss reading from his new book The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story, a mix of fact and fiction in this evocative tale of one of television's greatest stars, $10, online, 8:00-9:00 pm EST/5:00-6:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: spokeninterludes.com)
  • Litquake presents nineteenth U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey reading from her memoir Memorial Drive, about her early adulthood of loss and absence and lingering effects of white racism and domestic abuse, in conversation with poet and professor Tonya M. Foster, free, online, 5:00-6:15 pm PDT (Register to attend: litquake2020festival.sched.com/event/dlRR/memorial-drive-natasha-trethewey-with-tonya-m-foster)

22 OCTOBER 2020 — thursday

  • Los Angeles Times Festival of Books presents Roberto Lovato reading from his memoir Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas, a heart-breaking tale of gang life, intergenerational trauma, and interconnectedness between El Salvador and the United States, in conversation with Esmeralda Bermudez, free, online, 4:30-5:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/?3_route=/client-embeds/la-times-festival-of-books-2020/1/3/__/&)
  • 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)

23 OCTOBER 2020 — friday

24 OCTOBER 2020 — saturday

  • More than ninety Bay Area poets and writers from the Beast Generation read in an all-day marathon of poetry, streaming on YouTube, hosted by Globus Books and poet Paul Corman-Roberts, free, online, 3:00 pm PDT (RSVP on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/events/689743225001174)
  • City Lights Books presents a reading featuring poets published in their Spotlight Series, including Norma Cole, Anselm Berrigan, Micah Ballard, Cathy Wagner, Eric Baus, Julien Poirier, David Brazil, Barbara Jane Reyes, Carmen Gimenez Smith, and Uche Nduka, hosted by series editor Garrett Caples, free, online, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3708)
  • Berkeley Poetry Festival presents Berkeley City College's Milvia Street Literary Journal, with readings from Jalyce Fairley, Yohana Girma Gebre, and Fungai Gora, free, online, Noon-1:00 pm PDT (Zoom link: cccconfer.zoom.us/j/93007613676)
  • Berkeley Poetry Festival presents "Afro-Latinx Craft Talk: On Craft as a Trail Between Ancestors and Ecstatic Blooms," featuring readings from poets Raina J. León, Thea Mathews, and Alan Pelaez, free, online, 2:00-3:00 pm PDT (Zoom link: cccconfer.zoom.us/j/98438359509)
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents a Drive-In Book Launch for poet Brian Sonia-Wallace's new book The Poetry of Strangers, featuring readings by L.A. poets Danny Bealo, Linda Ravenswood, Diego de los Andes, Sammy Ginsberg, Kim Dower, and DeShaun Ingram, listen from inside your car via shortwave radio, free, at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, 2:00-4:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend, parking spaces limited: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
  • Oakland Public Library Cesar Chavez Branch presents La Palabra Musical (The Music of the World), a multi-lingual reading hosted by poet and musician Avotcja, featuring poets Aideed Medina, Raymond Nat Turner, Nia McAllister, and Benjamin Bac Sierra, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 3:00-5:00 pm PDT (Join via Zoom: www.avotcja.org/upcoming-events.html)
  • Berkeley Poetry Festival presents "Speculative Poetic Futures: Looking into the Sun," featuring readings from poets Audrey T. Williams, Trey Keeve, and Amos White, free, online, 5:00-6:00 pm PDT, open mic to follow 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Zoom link for the reading: cccconfer.zoom.us/j/91912279920, Zoom link for the open mic: cccconfer.zoom.us/j/94383369984)

25 OCTOBER 2020 — sunday

  • The Before Columbus Foundation presents the forty-first American Book Awards, honoring Reginald Dwayne Betts (Felon: Poems); Sara Borjas (Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff); Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye, and Tate Swindell (Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman); Staceyann Chin (Crossfire: A Litany for Survival); Kali Fajardo-Anstine (Sabrina & Corina: Stories); Tara Fickle (The Race Card: From Gaming Technologies to Model Minorities); Erika Lee (America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States); Yoko Ogawa (The Memory Police); Jake Skeets (Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers); George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker (They Called Us Enemy); Ocean Vuong (On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous); De'Shawn Charles Winslow (In West Mills); Albert Woodfox with Leslie George (Solitary: My Story of Transformation and Hope); Eleanor W. Traylor (Lifetime Achievement Award); Kofi Natambu (Editor Award); Jasper Bernes, Joshua Clover, and Juliana Spahr (Publisher Award); Amalia Leticia Ortiz (Oral Literature Award); Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll (Walter & Lillian Lowenfels Criticism Award), free, online, 2:00-3:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events/2020/10/25/celebration-columbus-foundation-41st-annual-american-book-award)
  • Kepler's Literary Foundation presents novelist Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series, discussing his book Deny All Charges, his second book about the Fowl twins Myles and Beckett, in conversation with novelist Jonathan Stroud, free, online, 2:00-3:00 pm PDT (RSVP here: www.keplers.org/upcoming-events-internal/2020/10/25/eoin-colfer)
  • The inaugural reading for a new poetry series from Sixteen Rivers Press, Sixteen Rivers Presents, featuring poets Jay Deshpande, Love the Stranger and The Rest of the Body, and Hadara Bar-Nadav, The New Nudity and The Frame Called Ruin, hosted by poet Eliot Schain, free, online, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: sixteenrivers.org/sixteen-rivers-presents)
  • Berkeley Poetry Festival presents Poetry & Dance "To the canvas: are you ready?" featuring performances and readings by poet and dancer Noah James, dancer Ashley Gayle, and the Visceral Roots dance company, free, online, 2:00-3:00 pm PDT (Zoom link: cccconfer.zoom.us/j/95859704475)
  • City Lights Books presents a reading featuring poets published in their Spotlight Series, including Andrew Joron, Cedar Sigo, Will Alexander, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Lisa Jarnot, Alli Warren, John Coletti, Elaine Kahn, Edmund Berrigan, and Sophia Dahlin, hosted by series editor Garrett Caples, free, online, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3708)
  • Berkeley Poetry Festival presents Emerging Poets, featuring readings by poets Greer Nakadegawa-Lee, DeMareon Gipson, and others TBA, free, online, Noon-1:00 pm PDT (Zoom link: cccconfer.zoom.us/j/94941304773)
  • The Poetry Salon kicks off National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) with this poetry workshop, exploring the ways poetry and prose are connected and using poetry techniques to ground characters and plot structures, free, online, 10:00 am PDT (email tresha@thepoetrysalon.com to register)
  • Omnidawn Publishing presents a book launch for their new fall titles, featuring readings from poets Claire Marie Stancek, wyrd] bird, Leia Penina Wilson, This Red Metropolis What Remains, Maw Shein Win, Storage Unit for the Spirit House, Nathalie Khankan, Quiet Orient Riot, David Rothman, The Lower East Side Tenement Reclamation Association, and Calvin Bedient, The Breathing Place, hosted by Booksmith and The Bindery, free, online, 2:00 pm PDT (RSVP here: www.booksmith.com/event/virtual-omnidawn-fall-book-launch)
  • Berkeley Poetry Festival presents the Lifetime Achievement Award and Reading, honoring poet Michael Warr, featuring readings by poets Chun Yu and Hugh Behm-Steinberg, free, online, 4:00-5:00 pm PDT (Zoom link: cccconfer.zoom.us/j/96612455362)
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents "Ekphrastic with the Classics," a workshop with poet Jessica Wilson exploring art history as a way to reevaluate and investigate poetry, $120 members, $150 nonmembers, online, runs six-weeks, October 25-November 29, 4:00-6:00 pm PDT (Enroll here: www.beyondbaroque.org/intensive_workshops.html)

26 OCTOBER 2020 — monday

27 OCTOBER 2020 — tuesday

28 OCTOBER 2020 — wednesday

29 OCTOBER 2020 — thursday

  • Copperfield's Books presents novelist Alice Henderson and her latest book A Solitude of Wolverines, a story of mystery and survival in the wilderness, in conversation with natural historian and author Mary Ellen Hannibal, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/alice-henderson)
  • City Lights Books, with The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade, present an evening of poetry and jazz, celebrating City Lights' recent publication of the The Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman, edited by Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye, and Tate Swindell, the evening will feature over thirty video contributions by poets, artists, and musicians, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register via Zoom: linktr.ee/thepoetrycenter)
  • Skylight Books presents librarian and journalist Megan Rosenbloom reading from her latest book Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin, in conversation with Caitlin Doughty, mortician, activist, and founder of The Order of the Good Death, free, online, 7:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-megan-rosenbloom-reads-dark-archives-caitlin-doughty)
  • 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)

30 OCTOBER 2020 — friday

31 OCTOBER 2020 — saturday


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