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Isabel Allende

41st Annual NCBA: Isabel Allende, ZYZZYVA, more

11 SEPTEMBER 2022 — sunday

41st Annual Northern California Book Awards, honoring the published works and authors of Northern California, as well as California translators state-wide. FRED CODY AWARD: Isabel Allende, accepting by video. RECOGNITION and GROUNDBREAKER AWARDS to ZYZZYVA literary journal and Mule Kick Blues, Michael McClure, edited by Garrett Caples; Nominees: POETRY: Derrick Austin (Tenderness), Ari Banias (A Symmetry), Mai Der Vang (Yellow Rain), Benjamin Gucciardi (West Portal), Amanda Moore (Requeening), Erin Rodoni (And if the Woods Carry You); FICTION: Chang-rae Lee (My Year Abroad), Tom Lin (The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu), Keenan Norris (The Confession of Copeland Cane), Claire Oshetsky (Chouette), and Shruti Swamy (The Archer); CREATIVE NONFICTION: LaDoris Hazzard Cordell (Her Honor: My Life on the Bench…What Works, What's Broken, and How to Change It), Joan Steinau Lester (Loving before Loving: A Marriage in Black and White), Joshua Mohr (Model Citizen), Shugri Said Salh (The Last Nomad: Coming of Age in the Somali Desert), and Liz Tichenor (The Night Lake: A Young Priest Maps the Topography of Grief); GENERAL NONFICTION: Cynthia L. Haven (Czeslaw Milosz: A California Life), Michael Lewis (The Premonition: A Pandemic Story), Michael Pollan (This Is Your Mind on Plants), Rebecca Solnit (Orwell's Roses), and David Talbot and Margaret Talbot (By the Light of Burning Dreams: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the Second American Revolution); CALIFORNIA TRANSLATION IN POETRY: Maria Baranda, edited and partially translated by Paul Hoover (The New World Written: Selected Poems), Shang Qin, translated by John Balcom (The All-Seeing Eye: Collected Poems by Shang Qin(), and Blanca Varela, translated by Lisa Allen Ortiz and Sara Daniele Rivera (The Blinding Star); CALIFORNIA TRANSLATION IN PROSE: Beatriz Bracher, translated by Adam Morris (Antonio), Wendy Guerra, translated by Achy Obejas (I Was Never the First Lady), and José Emilio Pacheco, translated by Katherine Silver (Battles in the Desert); CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, YOUNGER READERS: Mac Barnett (What Is Love?), Mitali Perkins (Home Is in Between), and Elizabeth Shreeve (Out of the Blue: How Animals Evolved from Prehistoric Seas); MIDDLE GRADE: Jennifer L. Holm (The Lion of Mars), Aimee Lucido (Recipe for Disaster), and Shanthi Sekaran (The Samosa Rebellion); YOUNG ADULT: Stacey Lee (Luck of the Titanic), Anna-Marie McLemore (The Mirror Season), and Tess Sharpe (The Girls I've Been), bookselling by Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore follows, in-person, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00 pm PDT (For more information, or

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5 DECEMBER 2022 — monday

  • New York poet Daniel Wolff reads from his new book More Poems About Money, Oakland Yard, 420 40th Street, Oakland, 6:00-7:00 pm PST
  • Odd Mondays Reading Series presents editor and author Peter Kupfer, reading from his historical memoir The Glassmaker's Son, poet Genny Lim, Child of War, and novelist Michael David Lukas, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, Bethany United Methodist Church, 1270 Sanchez Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Rivertown Poets presents a reading featuring poets Robert Eugene Rubino, Spinning Shame Into Nostalgia, and Guy Biederman, Nova Nights, followed by an open mic, 3 minutes per reader, hosted by poet Sande Anfang, free, at Aqus Café, 189 H Street, Petaluma, as well as on Zoom, 6:15 pm PST (Sign up for the open mic:

6 DECEMBER 2022 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Chloe Martinez, author of Corner Shrine, winner of the 2019 Backbone Press Chapbook Prize, and Ten Thousand Selves, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Point Reyes Books presents poet and translator David Hinton, discussing his new book, Wild Mind, Wild Earth: Our Place in the Sixth Extinction, online via Zoom, free, 5:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents author and critic Yunte Huang, Inseparable, discussing his new book, Chinese Whispers: Toward a Transpacific Poetics, which examines poetry in the age of globalization, particularly when it comes to translation and universality in a transpacific context, in conversation with poet Charles Bernstein, who was awarded the Bollingen Prize for Poetry from Yale University in 2019 and is the author of several collections including Topsy-Turvy, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

7 DECEMBER 2022 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents poet Douglas Kearney, Sho, finalist for the National Book Award, celebrating his new book, Optic Subwoof, a collection of talks given by Kearney for the Bagley Wright Lecture Series in 2020 and 2021, in conversation with essayist and poet Tisa Bryant, Unexplained Presence, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

8 DECEMBER 2022 — thursday

  • The Poetry Center presents a special reading with poets Will Alexander, Divine Blue Light (For John Coltrane), and Sotère Torregian, In An Era of Pillage, both reading from new work, followed by a conversation with one another and the audience, free, online, 6:00-7:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents the monthly Poem Jam, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita Kim Shuck, Exile Heart, this month featuring poets Sara Biel, Wanda Sabir, and other special guests reading from their new anthology, Colossus: Freedom: An Anthology of Voices Across the Carceral Wasteland, free, at the Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, 6:00-7:15 pm PST (More information here:
  • Open mic reading, anything goes, poetry, recitals, rants, rejoicings, come to read or to listen, and be a part of this collaborative experience, with musical accompaniment by Psi Process, every second Thursday of the month, The Ugly Mug Coffee House, 4640 Soquel Drive, Soquel, free, 5:30-7:15 pm PST
  • City Lights Books presents poet Zein El-Amine, A Travel Guide for the Exiled, shortlisted for the Bergman Prize, reading and discussing his new book, Is This How You Eat a Watermelon?, a collection of stories spanning war-torn Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the United States, in conversation with author and organizer James Tracy, Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times, and poet Aimee Suzara, Finding the Bones, free, at Kerouac Alley, between Columbus and Grant Avenues, San Francisco, 6:00 pm PST (More information here:

9 DECEMBER 2022 — friday

  • Beyond Baroque presents "Bodies, Borders, and Tongues," a reading featuring three poets reading from their latest collections: Lisa Ortiz, Stem, 2021 Idaho Prize-winner, Leonora Simonovis, Study of the Raft, 2021 Colorado Prize for Poetry winner, and Farnaz Fatemi, Sister Tongue, 2021 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize-winner, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, and livestreamed on YouTube, free, 7:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:

10 DECEMBER 2022 — saturday

  • Beyond Baroque presents a special tribute to poet, performance artist, and musician Linda J. Albertano (1942-2022), with an afternoon of readings and performances featuring Frank Lutz, Amelie Frank, John Fleck, Philip Littell, The Dark Bob, Tequila Mockingbird, Anna Homler, Jeff Schwartz, Laurel Ann Bogen, and others TBA, hosted by poet Suzanne Lummis, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 1:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

11 DECEMBER 2022 — sunday

12 DECEMBER 2022 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents a tribute to the life and work of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982), a poet, filmmaker, and artist who worked in a variety of mediums, including film, sculpture, handmade books, and performance, this event celebrates the publication of two new books, Dictee, a postmodern autobiography, and Exilee and Temps Mort: Selected Works, two related poem sequences that explore language, memory, and alienation, featuring poet Brandon Shimoda, The Desert, publisher and writer Reese Williams, and curator Christina Yang, moderated by artist and poet Linda Norton, Wite Out: Love and Work, co-presented with Asian American Writers' Workshop and University of California Press, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

13 DECEMBER 2022 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Damian Rucci, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents bestselling novelist Sam Lipsyte, Home Land, recipient of the Believer Book Award, reading from his new book, No One Left to Come Looking for You, joined by essayist Sloane Crosley, Look Alive Out There, a 2019 finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • The San Francsico Public Library presents the monthly open mic reading On the Page, Off the Page, come to perform or listen to poetry and music, free, at the Park Meeting Room, 1833 Page Street, San Francisco, 6:00-7:45 pm PST (More information here:

14 DECEMBER 2022 — wednesday

15 DECEMBER 2022 — thursday

  • Vroman's Bookstore presents poet Kate Baer, What Kind of Woman, reading from her new collection, And Yet, in conversation with multimedia reporter and author Elizabeth Holmes, HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style, $17, ticket includes a signed copy of the book, at 695 E. Colorado Street, Pasadena, 7:00 pm PST (Purchase tickets here:
  • City Lights Books presents Helen Shiller, radical anti-war activist, discussing her new book, Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win: Five Decades of Resistance in Chicago's Uptown Community, telling the story of Shiller's forty-year struggle for justice in Chicago, in conversation with translator, activist, and poet Achy Obejas, Boomerang / Bumerán: Poetry / Poesía, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

16 DECEMBER 2022 — friday

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19 DECEMBER 2022 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents poet Mosab Abu Toha, celebrating his debut collection, Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza, winner of a 2022 Palestine Book Award, Toha will be signing copies of his book at the event, free, at 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:00 pm PST (More information here:

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