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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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