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Friday, July 3

Friday Nights at the de Young: Swing Dance Party | SF
Friday Nights at the de Young: Swing Dance Party | SF
“My Museum,” by Artists-in-Residence: Chris Treggiari and Victoria Mara Heilweil Kimball Education Gallery 6:00 pm July 1–August 2, 2015 Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm Friday Nights until 8:30 pm de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio Artist Reception Friday Night, July 31 Dance Lessons with Swing Dance Teacher Cynthia Glinka Wilsey Court 6:00 pm Master Dance Coach/Hostess Cynthia ...

Tuesday, July 7

Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library
Tuesday, July 7 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library

The RADAR Reading Series is a periodic series of independent and underground writers, emerging voices and bona fide superstars at the San Francisco Public Library. Local author Michelle Tea (Valencia, Sister Spit tour) hosts this showcase of underground heroes. Each RADAR Reading features four dynamic performers and is followed ...

Wednesday, July 8

Huckleberry Youth Programs: Emerging Writers | SF
Wednesday, July 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
Huckleberry Youth Programs: Emerging Writers | SF
Huckleberry Youth Programs presents a reading with our emerging writers. Please join us in celebrating our student writers as they share their personal stories about growing up in San Francisco. These emerging writers are rising tenth graders from the Huckleberry Wellness Academy who participated in a four-week ...

Thursday, July 9

Win Tix: “A Night of Mayhem” with Fight Club’s Chuck Palahniuk | Castro Theater
Thursday, July 9 – 6:30 pm | Cost: WIN | Castro Theatre
Join Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk at the Castro Theater July 9th, where the air will be filled with color, noise and candy. It’s a party to celebrate the release of Lidia Yuknavitch’s newest novel, The Small Backs of Children, a major step forward from one ...
Shipwreck: Six Writers Destroy “Peter Pan” | The Booksmith
Shipwreck: Six Writers Destroy
Welcome, Shipsters, to San Francisco’s premier literary erotic fanfiction event. Six Great Writers destroy six notable characters from one Great Book on the first Thursday of every month at our home base, the Booksmith in San Francisco. Fics are blind-read by our Thespian-in-Residence, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, and you ...
History, Poetry, & Prints of California Coast | SF
Thursday, July 9 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
History, Poetry, & Prints of California Coast | SF
Woodcut and letterpress artist Tom Killion will discuss “California’s Wild Edge” (Heyday Books), his latest collaboration with Gary Snyder.

Friday, July 10

“The Small Backs of Children” Fiction Book Conversation | SF
Friday, July 10 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Lidia Yuknavitch in conversation about her new novel, The Small Backs of Children (Harper). Praise for Lidia Yuknavitch: “In these times there’s no reason for a novel to exist unless it’s dangerous, provocative and not like anything that’s come before. Dora: A Headcase is that kind of ...

Saturday, July 11

$1 Book Sale | Mission Dist.
Saturday, July 11 – 10:00 am | Cost: $1*
*$1 for books & media. Free entrance.
| SF Library Treat Ave. Donation Center
$1 Book Sale | Mission Dist.

The San Francisco Public Library hosts $1 book sales at the Treat Avenue Donation Center every second Saturday of the month. All books are just $1 or less each and all proceeds benefit the San Francisco Public Library.

2015 Beast Crawl: 150 Authors, 30 Venue, 3 Hours | Oakland
Saturday, July 11 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Beer Garden
2015 Beast Crawl: 150 Authors, 30 Venue, 3 Hours | Oakland
Uptown Oakland’s Beast Crawl will hold its annual free literary festival featuring more than 150 writers in a single night, spread out at 30 East Bay venues over 3 hours on July 12, 2014. Local galleries, bars, restaurants, cafés, and storefronts will host dozens of events, including ...
Author Reading Series: Beast Crawl Special Event | Oakland
Saturday, July 11 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
Author Reading Series: Beast Crawl Special Event | Oakland
July 11: Beast Crawl: The Unrestrained Beast Featured readers: Miah Jeffra, Kirk Lumpkin, Mary Mackey, Maw Shein Win. Curated by Leila Rae. There will be no open mic during Beast Crawl, but the Book & Broadside Giveaway and book table will be there. Please Note: In July ...
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, July 11 – 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 ...

Tuesday, July 14

Litquake: Outdoor Poetry & Music | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, July 14 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jessie Square
Litquake: Outdoor Poetry & Music | 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.
LaborFest 2015: Book Event – Berkeley and The New Deal | SF
Tuesday, July 14 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Green Arcade
LaborFest 2015: Book Event - Berkeley and The New Deal | SF
Like the heritage of the New Deal in San Francisco, Berkeley’s 1930s and early 1940s New Deal left a lasting legacy of utilitarian and beautiful infrastructure. These public buildings, schools, parks, and artworks helped shape the city and thus the lives of its residents. It ...
LaborFest 2015: Bastille Day and Joe Hill’s Death Anniversary | SF
Tuesday, July 14 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Unitarian Universalist Chuch (SF)
LaborFest 2015: Bastille Day and Joe Hill's Death Anniversary | SF
Voices for labor, human rights and justice on Bastille Day and the 100th Anniversary of the Murder of Joe Hill, first martyr for workers’ rights and the labor movement. Music with Troubadour Vic Sadot Poets: Judith Ayne Bernard, Dorothy Payne, John Curl, Mahmaz Badihian, Jack Hirschman, Agneta ...

Monday, July 20

“Every State Has Its Own Light” Poetry Reading | SF
Monday, July 20 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Sandra Storey will read from Every State Has Its Own Light, her debut poetry collection, on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 7:30pm. This is her debut West Coast reading. Praise for Every State Has Its Own Light: “Sandra Storey’s new book, Every State Has Its Own Light, ...

Tuesday, July 21

LaborFest 2015: LaborFest Writers Night | SF
Tuesday, July 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bird & Becket Books & Records
LaborFest 2015: LaborFest Writers Night | SF
Members of the LaborFest Writers will read their work on the theme: Our Right to the City: Fighting Against the Forces of Displacement. LaborFest Writers believes everyone has a story to tell. An evening of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and memoir will help awaken the hidden stories ...

Friday, July 24

“The Invaders” Fiction Book Conversation | SF
Friday, July 24 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Karolina Waclawiak and Michelle Tea in a conversation about The Invaders (Regan Arts). Praise for The Invaders: “The Invaders is an elegant, ominous book, a sharp, witty novel of manners of the most sinister kind. In Waclawiak’s expert hands, this novel will have you holding your breath ...

Tuesday, August 4

Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library
Tuesday, August 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library

The RADAR Reading Series is a periodic series of independent and underground writers, emerging voices and bona fide superstars at the San Francisco Public Library. Local author Michelle Tea (Valencia, Sister Spit tour) hosts this showcase of underground heroes. Each RADAR Reading features four dynamic performers and is followed ...

“All This Life” Literary Fiction Book Conversation | SF
Tuesday, August 4 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Come and join author Joshua Mohr in conversation about his new novel, “All This Life” (Soft Skull Press).

Wednesday, August 5

1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Wednesday, August 5 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland

Pandemonium Press presents a monthly reading series that takes place in the Loft at the Spice Monkey restaurant (1628 Webster St., Oakland) on every first Wednesday of the month. The series features author readings, editor talks, book giveaways and fun themes on many month. Admission is ...

Saturday, August 8

$1 Book Sale | Mission Dist.
Saturday, August 8 – 10:00 am | Cost: $1*
*$1 for books & media. Free entrance.
| SF Library Treat Ave. Donation Center
$1 Book Sale | Mission Dist.

The San Francisco Public Library hosts $1 book sales at the Treat Avenue Donation Center every second Saturday of the month. All books are just $1 or less each and all proceeds benefit the San Francisco Public Library.

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, August 8 – 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 ...

Tuesday, August 11

Litquake: Outdoor Poetry & Music | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, August 11 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jessie Square
Litquake: Outdoor Poetry & Music | 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.

Tuesday, September 1

Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library
Tuesday, September 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library

The RADAR Reading Series is a periodic series of independent and underground writers, emerging voices and bona fide superstars at the San Francisco Public Library. Local author Michelle Tea (Valencia, Sister Spit tour) hosts this showcase of underground heroes. Each RADAR Reading features four dynamic performers and is followed ...

Tuesday, September 8

TODCO Poets | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, September 8 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
TODCO Poets | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Proving that creativity is ageless, the TODCO Poets wax eloquent on romance, friendships, family, politics, and aging. Under the direction of Nancy Deutsch, the Poets bring wit and wisdom to their original works of poetry.

Wednesday, September 23

Ben Hedin & Radio Silence Magazine | City Lights
Wednesday, September 23 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*None
| City Lights Books
Ben Hedin & Radio Silence Magazine | City Lights
“In March of 1965, Martin Luther King led thousands in an epic march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital in Montgomery, in what is often seen as the culminating moment of the Civil Rights movement. The Voting Rights Act was signed into law that ...

Tuesday, October 13

Litquake: Outdoor Poetry & Music | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, October 13 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jessie Square
Litquake: Outdoor Poetry & Music | 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.