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1 OCTOBER 2021 — friday

  • Catamaran presents a reading and discussion with Santa Cruz author Lis Bensley, The Glimpse, followed by a book signing, part of the First Friday open studios, in-person at the Catamaran studio #118, Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River Street, Santa Cruz, free, 5:30-7:00 pm PDT (For more information:
  • Gold Rush Writers presents novelist Tommy Orange, There There, winner of the 2019 American Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist, discussing his work, in conversation with publisher Monika Rose, part of the annual Gold Rush Writers Conference running October 1-3; this ticketed event is open to the public, Leger Hotel, 8437 Center Street, Mokelumne Hill, tickets $20, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:

2 OCTOBER 2021 — saturday

  • Red Hen Press is partnering with Renaissance Heart for a poetry and music performance, featuring readings from poets Francesca Bell, Bright Stain, A Love That Hovers Like a Bedeviling Mosquito, and Douglas Manuel, Testify, with music by Renaissance Heart, a global music project blending jazz, world music, folk, and classical, in-person, Village Studios, 1616 Butler Avenue, Los Angeles, $35, 7:00 pm PDT, doors open at 6:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:
  • City Lights Books presents novelist Max Porter, Lanny, longlisted for the Booker Prize, reading from his new book, The Death of Francis Bacon, an experimental short fiction based on the famous painter's final moments, free, online via Zoom, Noon PDT (Register to attend:

3 OCTOBER 2021 — sunday

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5 OCTOBER 2021 — tuesday

6 OCTOBER 2021 — wednesday

7 OCTOBER 2021 — thursday

  • Lunch Poems reading series presents Phillip B. Williams, Mutiny and Thief in the Interior, hosted by UC Berkeley, free, online, Noon PDT (Register to attend:

8 OCTOBER 2021 — friday

  • Green Apple Books presents Lilly Dancyger, editor of Burn It Down: Women Writing About Anger, reading from and discussing her new memoir, Negative Space, in conversation with writer Nina Renata Aron, Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls: A Memoir of Women, Addiction, and Love, online via Zoom and in person, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register for Zoom here:

9 OCTOBER 2021 — saturday

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11 OCTOBER 2021 — monday

12 OCTOBER 2021 — tuesday

  • City Lights Books presents a poetry reading featuring City Lights Books editor Garrett Caples, Lovers of Today, and Cedar Sigo, Guard the Mysteries, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading by poet Paul Corman Roberts, We Shoot Typewriters, Obituaries Found on the Backs of Cocktail Napkins, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here:
  • Kepler's Literary Foundation presents novelist Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, reading from and discussing his new book, Daughter of the Deep, a modern take on Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, $25, ticket includes a signed copy of the book and a commemorative T-shirt, online, 5:00-6:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:

13 OCTOBER 2021 — wednesday

  • Copperfield's Books presents actor Peter Coyote, Sleeping Where I Fall, a memoir, reading from and discussing his debut poetry collection, Tongue of a Crow, in conversation with award-winning author Anthony Lee Head, Driftwood: Stories from the Margarita Road, a novel, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents writer and journalist Amitava Kumar, Immigrant, Montana, discussing his new novel, A Time Outside This Time, in conversation with writer Aleksander Hemon, The Lazarus Project, finalist for the 2008 National Book Award, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

14 OCTOBER 2021 — thursday

  • City Lights Books presents poet Ari Banias, Anybody, reading from and discussing his new poetry collection, A Symmetry, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Book Passage presents best-selling novelist Myriam J.A. Chancy, Spirit of Haiti, The Scorpions Claw, reading from and discussing her new novel, What Storm, What Thunder, a story set in Haiti after a disastrous earthquake, in person, Book Passage Corte Madera, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 1:00 pm PDT (For more information:
  • The Poetry Center presents a reading and conversation featuring Angel Dominguez, poet, artist, and The Poetry Center's 7th Mazza Writer in Residence, ROSEUNWATER, Black Lavender Milk, and poet Hannah Kezema, three, in-person, The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, free, 1:00 pm PDT (For more information:
  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Gerald Fleming, The Bastard and the Bishop, and Julia B. Levine, Ordinary Psalms, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)
  • Point Reyes Books presents poet Atsuro Riley, Romey's Order, reading from his much-anticipated collection of poetry, Heard-Hoard, winner of the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (
  • Left Margin LIT presents "Inspired Notebooking Poetry Class," led by poet and editor Molly Spencer, If the House, Hinge, a two-session workshop; attendees experiment with techniques using their poet's notebooks to generate material for poems, October 14 and 28), $175, online via Zoom, 6:00-8:30 pm PDT (Enroll here:

15 OCTOBER 2021 — friday

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17 OCTOBER 2021 — sunday

18 OCTOBER 2021 — monday

  • Left Margin LIT presents "Advanced Poetry Workshop," led by poet David Roderick, Blue Colonial, The Americans, the workshop is a graduate-style workshop for writers looking for an intensive, immersive experience writing poetry, limited to eight participants, runs six weeks (October 18-November 26, with no class on November 22), $495, in person, Left Margin Lit, 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Suite B, Berkeley, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (Enroll here:

19 OCTOBER 2021 — tuesday

20 OCTOBER 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents Dodie Bellamy, celebrating her two new books, Bee Reaved, a collection of essays on grief, loss, and abandonment, and The Letters of Mina Harker, a re-release of her 1998 debut novel that reimagines the character from Bram Stoker's Dracula as an independent woman in San Francisco during the 1980s, in conversation with filmmaker and author Chris Kraus, I Love Dick, Aliens & Anorexia, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

21 OCTOBER 2021 — thursday

  • City Lights Books presents award-winning novelist Asali Solomon, Disgruntled, reading from her new book, The Days of Afrekete, the tender story of two women at midlife who rediscover themselves, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

22 OCTOBER 2021 — friday

23 OCTOBER 2021 — saturday

24 OCTOBER 2021 — sunday

  • Join poet Ja'net Danielo, The Song of Our Disappearing, for Word Women, a one-day virtual poetry writing retreat, where attendees can connect with other poets and just write, with a chance to share work at the end of the day, open to women-identifying and non-binary poets, online, free, 7:30 am-4:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • The Claremont Library's Fourth Sundays Reading Series presents a poetry reading featuring Sandra Lim, The Wilderness, winner of a Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Marcyn Clements, published in Appalachia, Eureka Literary Magazine, and elsewhere, Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00-4:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Small Press Traffic presents a reading in celebration of Festivals of Patience, a new collection of poems by Arthur Rimbaud, featuring poet and translator of the collection Brian Kim Stefans reading selections from the book, and a discussion of Rimbaud's work with poets Mathilda Cullen, Stephan Ira, Aristilde Kirby, and Anna Vitale, part of the High Dawn reading series, online via YouTube Live, free, 2:00 pm PDT (Watch here:

25 OCTOBER 2021 — monday

26 OCTOBER 2021 — tuesday

27 OCTOBER 2021 — wednesday

28 OCTOBER 2021 — thursday

  • The Center for Literary Arts of San José presents novelist and short story writer Patricia Engel reading from her New York Times best seller, Infinite Country, Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio (between 2nd and 3rd Street), downtown San José, free, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information:

29 OCTOBER 2021 — friday

30 OCTOBER 2021 — saturday

  • Point Reyes Books presents acclaimed essayist and memorist Rebecca Solnit, winner of the Northern California Book Award in Nonfiction for Recollections of My Nonexistence, discussing her new book, Orwell's Roses, a reexamination of George Orwell's life and writings through the lens of his passion for gardening, in conversation with artist and writer Jenny Odell, in-person event, Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station, $28, ticket includes a copy of the book, 6:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:

31 OCTOBER 2021 — sunday

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