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14 SEPTEMBER 2021 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents poet George Wylie, Why Did I Remain in the Garden?, with open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • City Lights Books presents author and editor Jim Downs, Sick From Freedom: African American Sickness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction, Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation, discussing his new book, Maladies of Empire: How Colonialism, Slavery, and War Transformed Medicine, in conversation with award-winning author Allyson Hobbs, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=books_events)
  • Mechanics' Institute presents historian and writer Anne B. Gass, Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine's Fight for Women's Suffrage, discussing her new book, We Demand: The Suffrage Road Trip, about the 1915 cross-country trip to get Congress to pass a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, online, free, Noon-1:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.milibrary.org/events/we-demand-suffrage-road-trip-sep-14-2021)
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents best-selling novelist Jewell Parker Rhodes, Ninth Ward, Magic City, reading from and discussing her new novel, Paradise on Fire, a coming-of-age story exploring issues of race, class, and climate change, in conversation with novelist and poet Samira Ahmed, Love, Hate, & Other Filters, online, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/jewell-parker-rhodes)

15 SEPTEMBER 2021 — wednesday

  • San Francisco Public Library presents Post Pandemico Poesia, a lunchtime reading that celebrates Latinx poetry, featuring poets Alan Chazaro, This is Not a Frank Ocean Cover Album, Florencia Milito, Ituzaingó: Exiles and Reveries/ exilios y ensueños, and Susana Praver-Perez, Hurricanes, Love Affairs and Other Disasters, hosted by Josiah Luis Alderete, curator and host of Speaking Axolotl, on the Larkin Street Steps, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, Noon-1:00 pm PDT (For more information: sfpl.org/events/2021/09/15/performance-post-pandemico-poesia)
  • Left Margin LIT offers the workshop "Writing the Personal Essay," led by journalist and writer Lauren Markham, The Far Away Brothers, attendees will read and discuss published personal essays and create their own works that delve into the personal while connecting with the experiences of others, runs six weeks (September 15-October 20), online via Zoom, $395, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (Enroll here: www.leftmarginlit.org/fall-2021-classes)

16 SEPTEMBER 2021 — thursday

17 SEPTEMBER 2021 — friday

  • Green Apple Books presents Grant Faulkner, essayist and executive director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), discussing his new collection of stories, All the Comfort Sin Can Provide, in conversation with novelist Melanie Abrams, Playing, Meadowlark, free, online via Zoom and in-person, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, 6:00 pm PDT (Register for the Zoom link here: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-grant-faulkner-and-melanie-abrams)

18 SEPTEMBER 2021 — saturday

  • Michael McClure Memorial Celebration presents music, poetry, and a celebration of the late, great poet Michael McClure's life and artistic legacy (Michael McClure, 1932-2020); featuring poet Juvenal Acosta, musician George Brooks, City Lights editor Garrett Caples, poet-musician Clark Coolidge, actor Peter Coyote, poet Jack Foley, musician Henry Kaiser, City Lights publisher Elaine Katzenberger, poet-translator Andrew Schelling, author Rebecca Solnit, plus Paul Nelson, Gyan Riley, Michael Rothenberg, Frank Wildman, and other speakers; before entering, all guests must show either proof of full vaccination or a negative test within the preceding 72 hours, masks may be required, the gate opens at noon, eventbrite.com rsvp required, California Shakespeare Theater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm PDT (Register in advance: www.eventbrite.com/e/michael-mcclure-memorial-celebration-tickets-166467505791)

19 SEPTEMBER 2021 — sunday

  • The Before Columbus Foundation presents the 2021 American Book Awards, celebrating outstanding literary achievement from America's diverse literary community, honoring the winners: Ayad Akhtar (Homeland Elegies: A Novel, Maisy Card (These Ghosts Are Family), Anthony Cody (Borderland Apocrypha), Ben Ehrenreich (Desert Notebooks: A Road Map for the End of Time), Johanna Fernández (The Young Lords: A Radical History), Carolyn Forché (In the Lateness of the World: Poems), John Giorno (Great Demon Kings: A Memoir of Poetry, Sex, Art, Death, and Enlightenment), Cathy Park Hong (Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning), Randall Horton ({#289-128}: Poems), Gerald Horne (The Drawing of the Apocalypse: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century), Robert P. Jones (White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity), Judy Juanita (Manhattan my ass, you're in Oakland), William Melvin Kelley and Aiki Kelley, illustrator (Dunfords Travels Everywheres); the Lifetime Achievement Award winner: Dr. Maryemma Graham; the Walter and Lillian Lowenfels Award for Criticism winner: Shana Redmond (Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson); and the Anti-Censorship Award winner: Jacob Soboroff (Separated: Inside an American Tragedy); celebrate these writers and their work, free, online, 2:00-4:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.beforecolumbusfoundation.com)
  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual Zeitgeist Press poetry reading by Bruce Isaacson, Leningrad to Las Vegas, and Jan Steckel, Like Flesh Covers Bone; poet and editor Deborah Fruchey presents the late Rudy Jon Tanner's If Thirst is Proof of Water, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)

20 SEPTEMBER 2021 — monday

  • Rivertown Poets presents an open mic poetry reading, three-minutes per reader, hosted by poet and artist Sande Anfang, Xylem Highway, held the first and third Mondays of the month, free, online via Zoom, 6:15 pm PDT (Register to attend/sign up for open mic: aqus.com/rivertownpoets)
  • Join novelist Nathaniel Rich, Losing Earth, Odds Against Tomorrow, and nonfiction writer Chris Jennings, Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism, for a discussion of George R. Stewart's eco-novel, Storm, first published in 1941, the prescient novel is a pioneer in the genre examining humans' relationship to the natural world, hosted by Point Reyes Books, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/nathaniel-rich-and-chris-jennings)

21 SEPTEMBER 2021 — tuesday

22 SEPTEMBER 2021 — wednesday

23 SEPTEMBER 2021 — thursday

  • San Francisco Public Library presents a reading featuring poets Josiah Luis Alderete, Baby Axolotls & Old Pochos; Ricardo Tavarez, Pan Dulce Poets; Monica Zarazua, co-founder of Pochino Press; hector son of hector, Jose Hector Cadenas, and Lourdes Figueroa, Ruidos = To Learn Speak; all members of the San Francisco International Flor y Canto, a literary festival celebrating the literature and culture of San Francisco's Mission District, free, online via Zoom, 6:30-7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events/2021/09/23/performance-reading-flor-y-canto)
  • City Lights Books presents a reading featuring poet CA Conrad, While Standing in Line for Death, reading from their new collection, Amanda Paradise: Resurrect Instinct Vibration, and artist and poet Sawako Nakayasu, Pink Waves, reading from her new book, Some Girls Walk Into the Country They Are From, finalist for the Big Other Award in Poetry, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=books_events)
  • Point Reyes Books presents Pulitzer Prize-winner and best-selling novelist Richard Powers, The Overstory, discussing his new book, Bewilderment, the heartrending story of an astrobiologist raising his son after the death of his wife, and the ties of family, the natural world, and what lies beyond, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/richard-powers)

24 SEPTEMBER 2021 — friday

25 SEPTEMBER 2021 — saturday

  • Book Passage presents novelist and activist Cathy Rath reading from and discussing her debut novel, Ripple Effect, a complex story of family secrets and discovery set during the 1960s student rebellions in the United States, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, free, 4:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.bookpassage.com/event/cathy-rath-ripple-effect-corte-madera-store)

26 SEPTEMBER 2021 — sunday

  • The Claremont Library's Fourth Sundays Reading Series presents a poetry reading featuring Andrea Carter Brown, The Disheveled Bed, Brook & Rainbow, and Beverly Lafontaine, published in Blue Satellite, Waves, and elsewhere, Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00-4:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.facebook.com/events/3736094436495622)
  • San Francisco Center for the Book presents the 18th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival; this year's classic print artists are Katherine Case, Danguole Kuolas, Rik Olson, Erik Rewitzer, Michelle Wilson, SFCB, 375 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco, between 16th and 17th, San Francisco, free, 11:00 am-4:00 pm (Visit: sfcb.org/Roadworks2021)

27 SEPTEMBER 2021 — monday

  • Green Apple Books presents Keith Boykin, CNN political commentator and best-selling author of Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies, and Denial in Black America, discussing his new book, Race Against Time: The Politics of a Darkening America, a call to fight racism, xenophobia, sexism, and homophobia, free, online via Zoom and in person, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, 6:00 pm PDT (Register for the Zoom link here: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-keith-boykin)
  • The Center for Literary Arts of San José is pleased to present Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen: An American Lyric, a reflection on racial inequalities through personal, professional and artistic lenses, in a reading and conversation with Jalylah Burrell, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at San José University, online via Crowdcast, free, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.crowdcast.io/e/cla-presents-claudia/register)
  • City Lights Books presents Steven Reigns, first Poet Laureate of West Hollywood, Inheritance, reading from and discussing his new book, A Quilt for David, which uncovers the hidden history of the life and death of Dr. David Acer, a gay man accused of infecting his patients with HIV, and the media hysteria and scapegoating that overshadowed his life, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=books_events)

28 SEPTEMBER 2021 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Chen Chen, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of an A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)

29 SEPTEMBER 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents a reading of Project 1521, a collection of Southern California poets, artists, and scholars, featuring poets Gloria Enedina Alvarez, Yago S. Cura, Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, Arminé Ikandossian, Darren J. de Leon, Diana Magaloni, Linda Ravenswood de Montaño, and visual artist Sandy Rodriguez, hosted by Josiah Luis Alderete, poet and host of the reading series "Speaking Axolotl", reading from their new collection, You Will Not Be Forgotten, the debut volume of poetry from the group, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

30 SEPTEMBER 2021 — thursday

  • San Francisco Public Library presents poet Brian Komei Dempster, Topaz, reading from his new collection of poetry, Seize, winner of the Julie Suk Award and finalist for both the Eric Hoffer Book Award and the National Indie Excellence Award in Poetry, free, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events/2021/09/30/author-brian-komei-dempster-seize)

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