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4 AUGUST 2022 — thursday

  • Kepler's Literary Foundation presents acclaimed LGBTQ scholar and journalist Steven W. Thrasher discussing his new book, The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide; he exposes how social and economic inequality determine who gets care, who suffers, and who lives, tracing the histories of HIV, COVID, and other viral illnesses, in conversation with Angie Coiro, radio host and journalist-in-residence at Kepler's, online, $15, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.eventbrite.com/e/this-is-now-steven-w-thrasher-tickets-383597429237?aff=news)
  • California Institute of Integral Studies presents best-selling author and clinical psychologist Dr. Shefali Tsabary, discussing her new book, A Radical Awakening, a liberating, culture-shifting path to help people rediscover who they were always meant to be, in conversation with Enneagram expert and life coach Lara Heller, online, suggested admission $20, with pay-what-you-can options, 5:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.ciis.edu/public-programs/event-calendar/dr-shefali-august-4-2022)
  • Copperfield's Books presents award-winning author Marianne Wiggins, Evidence of Things Unseen, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Award, celebrating her new book, Properties of Thirst, a stunning novel set during World War II, about family and the limitations of the American Dream, moderated by Sheryl Cotleur, book buyer for Copperfield's Books, in person and co-sponsored off site at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol, $38 tickets include a signed copy of the book, 7:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/marianne-wiggins?mc_cid=b754f34f53&mc_eid=4219a3fcad)

5 AUGUST 2022 — friday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents journalist and writer Suzanne Cope, discussing her new book, Power Hungry: Women of the Black Panther Party and Freedom Summer, and Their Fight to Feed a Movement, in conversation with Cleo Silvers, one of the book's subjects, online, free, Noon PDT (Register to attend: sfpl-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cmawRuM4Q9mZLoCIDPSUrg)
  • Point Reyes Books presents novelist and essayist Daisy Hildyard, Hunters in the Snow, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, reading from and discussing her new book, Emergency, a lyrical novel that explores the boundaries between the self and the earth, online, free, donations welcome, Noon PDT (Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/daisy-hildyard)
  • Beyond Baroque presents a poetry reading with Holaday Mason, Towards the Forest & Dissolve, Mariano Zaro, Decoding Sparrows, finalist for the Housatonic Book Award, and Judith Pacht, Infirmary for a Private Soul, all reading from new work, in person, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00-10:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)

6 AUGUST 2022 — saturday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents the multi-genre reading, "Veins & Tributaries: Tracing the Burmese Diaspora," featuring Michelle Dunn Marsh, Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint, Audrey T. Williams, Maw Shein Win, and Kenneth Wong, co-sponsored by Kundiman Northern California and Ancestral Futures, online and in person, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 1:00-3:00 pm PDT (Register for Zoom: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kaZYUuVqQLGpu3uiEUBH7w)

7 AUGUST 2022 — sunday

  • Marin Poetry Center presents the 2022 Traveling Show, a multi-reading summer poetry event where members perform their own work; Part 4 features poets Judy Crowe, Flat Water: Nebraska Poems, Barry Peterson, Francesca Bell, What Small Sound, forthcoming 2023, Paul Watsky, Telling the Difference, Sandy White, and Kathe Jordan, Riding Waves, in person, Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 3:00-4:00 pm PDT (More information here: marinpoetrycenter.org/events)

8 AUGUST 2022 — monday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents poet and editor Victoria Chang, discussing her recent works, Obit, Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence and Grief, and The Trees Witness Everything, three books released in three years that explore longing, grief, and memory, in conversation with novelist Kristin Keane, Luminaries, online, free, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events/2022/08/08/author-victoria-chang-and-kristin-keane-exploring-grief)

9 AUGUST 2022 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Farnaz Fatemi, Sister Tongue, winner of the 2021 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents Literary Pub Trivia Night, a literary-themed trivia with drinks, emceed by Amy Schneider, forty-time Jeopardy! champion, the most successful woman to ever compete on the show and the first openly transgender contestant to qualify for Jeopardy's "Tournament of Champions," come for a fun evening of trivia, drinks, and prizes, in person, The Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, $25, proceeds benefit the Bay Area Book Festival, 7:00-10:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.eventbrite.com/e/89-literary-pub-trivia-prizes-special-guest-star-tickets-384151205597)

10 AUGUST 2022 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents award-winning essayist and educator Kristen Ghodsee, Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence, discussing her new book, Red Valkyries: Feminist Lessons from Five Revolutionary Women, an exploration of the history of socialist feminism in Eastern Europe during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
  • Mrs. Dalloway's presents poet and nonfiction writer Toni Mirosevich, Pink Harvest, winner of the First Series Award for Creative Nonfiction, reading and discussing her new book, Spell Heaven and Other Stories, a linked story collection about a gay couple drawn to a group of outsiders after their move to a new coastal town, in conversation with Janine Kovac, former professional ballet dancer and author of Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home, winner of the National Indie Excellence Awards, in person, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.mrsdalloways.com/events)

11 AUGUST 2022 — thursday

  • San Francisco Writing Institute presents "Poetry Revision Workshop," led by poet Hollie Hardy, How to Take a Bullet, and Other Survival Poems, winner of the annual Poetry Center Book Award in 2016; the workshop will focus on deep revision of existing poems, attendees are welcome to write new poems to workshop, but it is not required, class time will be spent workshopping poems in small groups, this workshop can be taken on its own or as a follow-up to Hardy's previous workshop, "Generative Poetry," runs six-weeks, August 11-September 15, $425, 5:30-7:30 pm PDT (Sign up here: sfwriting.institute/events/poetry-revision-workshop)

12 AUGUST 2022 — friday

  • Copperfield's Books presents storyteller and author Shugri Said Sahl, reading from and discussing her new book, The Last Nomad: Coming of Age in the Somali Desert, winner of the 2022 Gold Nautilus Award, Multicultural & Indigenous Category, the discussion will be followed by a Q&A and book signing, in person, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/shugri-said-salh)

13 AUGUST 2022 — saturday

  • Beyond Baroque presents a reading featuring poets Mathieu Cailler, Heaven and Other Zip Codes, winner of the 2021 Los Angeles Book Festival, Zara Lisbon, Baby's First Apocalypse, Kevin Ridgeway, Too Young to Know, and Jose Hernandez Diaz, The Fire Eater, all reading from new work, in person, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00-10:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
  • Sixteen Rivers Press celebrates the launch of two bilingual collections, Plagios/Plagiarisms, Volume Two and Beyond the Time of Words/Más allá del tiempo de las palabras, featuring readings from the translators, Terry Ehret, Nancy Morales, and Celeste Kostopulos-Cooperman, joined by Marjorie Agosín, author of Beyond the Time of Words, in person, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, free, 1:00 pm PDT (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com/)
  • Writers with Drinks presents a reading with novelist Vanessa Hua, Forbidden City, poet and artist Juba Kalamka, Son of Byford, poet Shelley Wong, As She Appears, singer and writer Adele Bertei, Why Labelle Matters, and novelist Naseem Jamnia, The Bruising of Qilwa, emceed by writer and commentator Charlie Jane Anders, all proceeds benefit a local nonprofit, The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, $5-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds, 7:30-9:30 pm PDT, doors open 7:00 pm (More information here: www.writerswithdrinks.com/)

14 AUGUST 2022 — sunday

  • Sixteen Rivers Press celebrates the launch of two bilingual collections, Plagios/Plagiarisms, Volume Two and Beyond the Time of Words/Más allá del tiempo de las palabras, featuring readings from the translators, Terry Ehret, Nancy Morales, and Celeste Kostopulos-Cooperman, joined by Marjorie Agosín, author of Beyond the Time of Words, in person, Nicholson Ranch Winery, 4200 Napa Road, Sonoma, free, 2:00-5:00 pm PDT
  • Second Sunday presents a reading with poets Stephen Thomas Roberts, David Baker, Whale Fall, and Rebecca Foust, The Unexploded Ordinance Bin, winner of the 2018 Swan Scythe Chapbook Award, online, free, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: secondsundayreadings.com)

15 AUGUST 2022 — monday

16 AUGUST 2022 — tuesday

17 AUGUST 2022 — wednesday

  • Sixteen Rivers Press celebrates the launch of two bilingual collections, Plagios/Plagiarisms, Volume Two and Beyond the Time of Words/Más allá del tiempo de las palabras, featuring readings from the translators, Terry Ehret, Nancy Morales, and Celeste Kostopulos-Cooperman, joined by Marjorie Agosín, author of Beyond the Time of Words, in person, Heal the Bay Aquarium, Santa Monica Pier, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, free, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT
  • City Lights Books presents best-selling novelist Elif Batuman, The Idiot, finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, discussing her new book, Either/Or, a continuation of beloved protagonist Selin and her quest for self-knowledge, online via Zoom, free, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

18 AUGUST 2022 — thursday

19 AUGUST 2022 — friday

20 AUGUST 2022 — saturday

  • CalPoets presents the 2022 Poetry Symposium, an exciting day-long event including poetry readings, workshops, and presentations, teens and up welcome, featuring Luis J. Rodriguez, poet and founding editor of Tia Chucha Press, winner of the California Arts Council Legacy Fellowship and the Los Angeles Times Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award, and author of Borrowed Bones, online via Zoom, free, donations welcome, 9:00 am-9:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.californiapoets.org/events/calpoets-2022-virtual-poetry-symposium)

21 AUGUST 2022 — sunday

  • Marin Poetry Center presents the 2022 Traveling Show, a multi-reading summer poetry event where members perform their own work, Part 5 features poets Lee Rossi, Wheelchair Samurai, Robin Lee, Gail Entrekin, The Art of Healing, Ella Eytan, Gabriel Rilleau, and Laurel Feigenbaum, Matrimony, with co-ambassadors Jackson Bramlette and Tashi Manchip, in person, Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 3:00-4:00 pm PDT (More information here: marinpoetrycenter.org/events)

22 AUGUST 2022 — monday

  • City Lights Books celebrates the launch of Second Stutter Volume Five, an annual San Francisco literary journal focused on contemporary English language poetry and translation, with readings by Jimmy Santiago Baca, Immigrants in Our Own Land, Jaime Chavez, Tureeda Mikell, Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine, Norma Cole, Natural Light, Adrian Lurssen, Neowise, Ivan Argüelles, Ars Poetica, and Eleni Stecopoulos, Armies of Compassion, hosted by poet Solomon Rino, online, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

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