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Sunday, April 30

2017 Día de Los Libros: Music, Poetry & Family Dance Party | Mission Dist.
Sunday, April 30 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Parque Ninos Unidos
2017 Día de Los Libros: Music, Poetry & Family Dance Party | Mission Dist.
San Francisco’s Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros: A Celebration of Children & Books is rooted in a longtime Latin American tradition of celebrating children. San Francisco’s first Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros was held in 1999 with the goal of ...

Monday, May 1

“Samarkand: Recipes from Central Asia” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Monday, May 1 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Samarkand is a love letter to Central Asia and the Caucasus, containing travel essays, beautiful photography and recipes that are little known in the West that have been expertly adapted for the home cook. There is an introduction to the region (explaining the ethnic groups ...

Tuesday, May 2

“My Mother’s Kitchen” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Tuesday, May 2 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
The daughter of a restaurateur―the restaurant was New York’s legendary Ratner’s―Judy Gethers discovered a passion for cooking in her 50s. In time, she became a mentor and friend to several of the most famous chefs in America, including Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton and Jonathan Waxman; ...
“Kill the Ampaya: Best Latin American Baseball Fiction” Book Reading | SF Main Library
Tuesday, May 2 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
A rich variety of baseball fiction exists south of the border but almost none of it is available in English. These inventive and entertaining stories reveal the place of baseball in Latin America. Join them when editor Dick Cluster reads from “Kill the Ámpaya!” and discusses ...
Seavilization: Book Discussion On Sustainable Sea Energy | SF
Tuesday, May 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is appreciated but not required.
| The Booksmith
Seavilization: Book Discussion On Sustainable Sea Energy | SF
Booksmith is excited to host Joe Quirk in celebration of his latest work, Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and Liberate Humanity from Politicians. Imagine a vast new source of sustainable and renewable energy that would also bring more ...

Wednesday, May 3

“Last Things” Book Reading & Discussion | Green Apple Books & Music
Wednesday, May 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books and Music
Please join Green Apple Books on Clement street Wednesday, May 3rd at 7:00pm as they welcome Author Marissa Moss, reading from and discussing her graphic memoir “Last Things.” Last Things is the true and intensely personal story of how one woman coped with the devastating effects ...
“Flight Risk: Memoirs of a New Orleans Bad Boy” Book Release Celebration | City Lights
Wednesday, May 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Flight Risk takes off as a page-turning narrative with deep roots and a wide wingspan. James Nolan, a fifth-generation New Orleans native, offers up an intimate portrait both of his insular hometown and his generation’s counterculture. Flight runs as a theme throughout the book, which begins ...
Paul Madonna “On to the Next Dream” Book Party | Booksmith
Wednesday, May 3 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
Paul Madonna
Booksmith is thrilled to welcome Paul Madonna back to the store for the release of his new book, On to the Next Dream. Paul’s popular comic, “All Over Coffee” had been running for twelve years in the San Francisco Chronicle when he was evicted from his ...

Thursday, May 4

“Family, Genus, Species” Book Reading & Discussion | Green Apple Books & Music
Thursday, May 4 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books and Music
Please join Green Apple Books on Clement street, Thursday May 4th at 7:00pm as they welcome Author Kevin Allardice, reading from and discussing his book “Family, Genus, Species.” At a sprawling urban farm in the hills above Berkeley, a woman’s attempt to give a birthday present ...

Friday, May 5

Green Apple Books’ Fundraiser & Postcard Writing Party | SF
Friday, May 5 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission
| Green Apple Books on the Park
Green Apple Books' Fundraiser & Postcard Writing Party | SF
Green Apple Books on the Park and Sea Witch Productions present a fundraiser and postcard writing party to benefit The National Endowment for the Arts. Come and listen to readings by NEA fellows R.O. Kwon, Maxine Chernoff, Javier Zamora and Monica Sok. There will also be ...

Saturday, May 6

Free Comic Book Day 2017
Saturday, May 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Free Comic Book Day 2017

Free Comic Book Day is an annual tradition, held the first Saturday in May each year, where participating comic book shops give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. Major publishers such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, ...

2017 Comic Book Day & Family Fun | Mission Dist.
Saturday, May 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Mission: Comics & Art
2017 Comic Book Day & Family Fun | Mission Dist.
Come by the store on Saturday, May 6th between 11 am and 8 pm and get your free comic books. They’re going to have family friendly activites all day.

Monday, May 8

Perfectly Queer: LGBTQ Reading Series | SF
Monday, May 8 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Dog Eared Books (Castro)
Perfectly Queer: LGBTQ Reading Series | SF

Perfectly Queer is a monthly LGBTQ reading series in San Francisco, CA. This event takes place on the 2nd Monday of each month, from 7 to 8 pm, featuring one to three queer authors. Refreshments are served, and books are available for purchase and signing. Authors and books ...

Tuesday, May 9

Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks & Modern Jazz Ukelele | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, May 9 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks & Modern Jazz Ukelele | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation. Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors. Jason Bayani is the author of Amulet from Write Bloody Press. Jason performs regularly around the ...
Evening of Poetry Reading | Green Apple Books & Music
Tuesday, May 9 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books and Music
Evening of Poetry Reading | Green Apple Books & Music
Please join Green Apple Books on Clement street Tuesday, May 9th at 7:00pm as we welcome Author Irene Mathieu and a collection of special guest readers for an evening of Poetry. Irène Mathieu is a pediatrician, writer, and public health researcher. She is the 2016 winner ...

Wednesday, May 10

“Rethinking How Technology Shapes Our World” Book Release Celebration | City Lights
Wednesday, May 10 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Two groundbreaking critics and historians of technological effects on culture discuss a re-envisioning of the electronic commons. As reactionary corporate elites reshape our geo-political landscape, possibilities emerge for a radical re-accessment of people’s relationship to information technology and its use. Finn Brunton and Ramesh Srinivasan rigorously explore ...

Thursday, May 11

Women Bike Book Club | Oakland
Thursday, May 11 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland Public Library (Main Branch)
Women Bike Book Club | Oakland

In partnership with Bike East Bay, the Oakland Public Library is co-hosting the Women Bike Book Club in 2017. Bike East Bay’s Women Bike program enters its second year of bringing women and gender nonconforming folks together in social settings to share experiences and resources ...

“Writers Who Love Too Much” Book Release Celebration | City Lights
Thursday, May 11 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
In the twenty years that followed America’s bicentennial, narrative writing was re-formed, reflecting new political and sexual realities. With the publication of this anthology, the New Narrative era bounds back to life, ripe with dramatic propulsion and infused with the twin strains of poetry and ...

Saturday, May 13

SF Public Library’s $1 Book & Media Sale | Mission Dist.
Saturday, May 13 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free to look around and you can buy a book or media for only $1.
| The Book Donation Center
SF Public Library's $1 Book & Media Sale | Mission Dist.

The 2nd Saturday of each month, rain or shine, the San Francisco Public Library opens the doors to their Book Donation Center for a massive $1 sale. Selection changes each month, and random treasures abound. Come by and pick up choice books and media at ...

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, May 13 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | EXIT Theatre
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF

Every second Saturday of the month, San Francisco Theater Pub invites writers, actors, directors, theater creators and theater audiences alike to a free evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance. Join them at the Exit Theatre for: 8:30 pm: Mixer 9 pm: Writing sprint where writers have 30 ...

Sunday, May 14

Mission District “Calle 24” Latino Art Stroll & Mural Tour | SF
Sunday, May 14 – All Day | Cost: FREE | 24th Street (Mission)
Mission District

Calle 24 hosts an all-day Paseo Artistico / Art Stroll, a joint effort between several noted Calle 24 arts organizations, Paseo Artistico will bring music, poetry, book readings film and cultural tours to the 24th Street corridor every second Sunday. “Calle 24” spans 14 city blocks, the section ...

Monday, May 15

“Hello, My Name is Ice Cream” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Monday, May 15 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
With more than 100 recipes for ice cream flavors and revolutionary mix-ins from a James Beard-nominated pastry chef, Hello, My Name is Ice Cream explains not only how to make amazing ice cream, but also the science behind the recipes so you can understand ice ...
“Salt Houses” Book Talk & Signing | SF
Monday, May 15 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP appreciated but not required.
| The Booksmith
Join them to celebrate a dazzling new literary voice, Hala Alyan, and her debut novel, Salt Houses, about a Palestinian family caught between present and past, between displacement and home. On the eve of her daughter Alia’s wedding, Salma reads the girl’s future in a cup of ...

Tuesday, May 16

“Grocery: The Buying & Selling of Food in America” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Tuesday, May 16 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
In Grocery, bestselling author Michael Ruhlman offers incisive commentary on America’s relationship with its food and investigates the overlooked source of so much of it—the grocery store. In a culture obsessed with food—how it looks, what it tastes like, where it comes from, what is ...
Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists” Panel Night | SF
Tuesday, May 16 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP appreciated, but not required.
| The Booksmith
Granta’s
Every ten years, Granta magazine publishes a special issue of new fiction from the most exciting American writers under the age of forty. The third list of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists will be announced on April 26; join them as they host a panel of ...

Wednesday, May 17

“On Tokyo’s Edge” Book Reading | City Lights
Wednesday, May 17 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Gordon Ball is a poet, photographer, filmmaker, professor of English, and master storyteller. For 28 years Gordon Ball took informal photographs of poet Allen Ginsberg and other members of the Beat Generation, the literary and cultural phenomenon which has had a world-wide impact since its ...
“No One Can Pronounce My Name” Book Talk & Signing | SF
Wednesday, May 17 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP appreciated, but not required.
| The Booksmith
In a suburb outside Cleveland, a community of Indian Americans has settled into lives that straddle the divide between Eastern and Western cultures. For some, America is a bewildering and alienating place where coworkers can’t pronounce your name but will eagerly repeat the Sanskrit phrases ...

Thursday, May 18

Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library
Thursday, May 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library
This month’s featured artists are: Stacy Nathaniel Jackson holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He is a Cave Canem fellow and was the recipient of an individual artist’s grant from the San ...
“Atlantic Hotel” Book Release | City Lights
Thursday, May 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Just who is the narrator of Joáo Gilberto Noll s dark and mysterious Atlantic Hotel? First he books a room where a murder has just occurred, claiming he’s just arrived from the airport. But then he suddenly leaves the hotel, telling a cab driver he ...
“The Fifth Wall” Book Talk & Signing | SF
Thursday, May 18 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP appreciated but not required.
| The Booksmith
In The Fifth Wall, a debut novel by Rachel Nagelberg, conceptual artist Sheila B. Ackerman heeds a mysterious urge to return to her estranged family home and arrives at the exact moment of her mother’s suicide. In an attempt to cope with and understand her ...