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Tuesday, January 23

Demystifying the Path to Publication | Oakland
Tuesday, January 23 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Dimond Branch Library
Demystifying the Path to Publication | Oakland
Submitted by the Event Organizer Three widely published writers—Laurie Ann Doyle, Lily Iona MacKenzie, and Lori Ostlund—will take on questions large and small related to the sometimes mystifying topic of how writers find venues for their work The three will talk first about their own writing ...
“It Occurs to Me That I Am America” Book Discussion | SF
Tuesday, January 23 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Koret Auditorium
Submitted By The Event Organizer Joyce Carol Oates and Jonathan Santlofer talk about It Occurs to Me That I am America, a provocative, unprecedented anthology, featuring original short stories from thirty bestselling and award-winning authors. Published on the one year anniversary of the Trump inauguration and ...

“The Largesse of the Sea Maiden” Book Discussion | City Lights
Tuesday, January 23 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson. Written in the luminous prose that made him one of the most beloved and important writers of his generation, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating the ghosts of ...
“Saving San Francisco’s Heart” Book Discussion | SF
Tuesday, January 23 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bookshop West Portal
Meet longtime San Francisco public interest advocate and attorney Jon Golinger, whose first book has been described as “A political how-to that shows how change can be achieved” by the San Francisco Examiner. Saving San Francisco’s Heart is ‘an action manual for the resistance’ that ...
Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, January 23 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Octopus Literary Salon
Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland

Older women: Wise enough to tell the truth about sex – what they want, what they’ve done, what makes them hot. Dirty Old Women, a monthly series at Octopus, celebrates erotic writing by self-identified older women of all orientations. Open mic starts at 7:40 pm ...

Wednesday, January 24

Two Great Exiles Create Great Poetry Discussion | SF
Wednesday, January 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Green Arcade
Two Great Exiles Create Great Poetry Discussion | SF
Submitted by the Event Organizer Victor Serge (1890-1947) played many parts, as he recounts in his indelible Memoirs of a Revolutionary. The son of anti-czarist exiles in Brussels, Serge was a young anarchist in Paris, a syndicalist rebel in Barcelona, a Bolshevik in Petrograd, a Comintern ...
Bikes to Books 2018 Beer Social | Benders
Wednesday, January 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but bring money for food and drinks
| Bender's Bar & Grill
Bikes to Books 2018 Beer Social | Benders
Join Nicole Gluckstern and Burrito Justice, the creators of literary bicycle tour Bikes to Books, for their first 2018 beer social where they’ll be talking up their collaborative mapping project and tour and generally geeking out with fellow amateur historians, mappers, bicycle enthusiasts, and literati, ...

Thursday, January 25

2018 Arts Education Resource Fair | SF
Thursday, January 25 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Asian Art Museum
2018 Arts Education Resource Fair | SF
Join them for the most comprehensive gathering of arts education organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. For parents, teachers, administrators, teaching artists, and arts education advocates to meet representatives from a wide range of arts provider organizations in the bay area. Visit every table at the ...

Saturday, January 27

“The Monk of Mokha” Book Mobile Tour & Free Coffee | SF
Saturday, January 27 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | The Bindery
Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the subject of Dave’s new book, The Monk of Mokha, will be stopping by The Bindery as a part of their book mobile tour of the Bay Area, in partnership with the SF Public Library—join them for this free, all-ages ...
3rd Annual Young Adult Novelist Convention | Belmont
Saturday, January 27 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required to win a free book
| Carlmont High School
3rd Annual Young Adult Novelist Convention | Belmont
The Young Adult Novelist Convention (YANovCon) is your exclusive connection to some of today’s top authors of books for middle and high school youth (and everyone else who can appreciate these amazing talents). This free half-day celebration will include panel discussions, author hangouts, and book signings ...
Dave Eggers & Mokhtar Alkhanshali’s Bookmobile Tour & Free Coffee | SF
Saturday, January 27 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Dave Eggers & Mokhtar Alkhanshali's Bookmobile Tour & Free Coffee | SF
Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the subject of Dave’s new book, The Monk of Mokha, will be stopping by Green Apple Books on the Park on Saturday January 27th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm as a part of their book mobile tour of the Bay Area ...

Sunday, January 28

Coffee & Books with SFPL Bookmobile | SF
Sunday, January 28 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Bookshop West Portal
Coffee & Books with SFPL Bookmobile | SF
Coffee, and books, and SFPL bookmobile. Come join Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali for an event that will be surely one to remember. Dave Eggers will be joined by the subjects of his newest novel “The Monk of Mokha”-Mokhtar and coffee. From the best-selling author of The ...

Tuesday, January 30

“Chicken: A Savor the South Cookbook” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Tuesday, January 30 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
“Chicken: A Savor the South Cookbook” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
While fried chicken may be the South’s iconic dish, when it comes to southern foodways, there are a lot of ways to love America’s most popular fowl. Preparations range from Country Captain to Carolina Chicken Bog to Chicken and Parslied Dumplings and more. Here, Cynthia ...
“Squid Empire” Book Discussion & Squid Dissection | Green Apple Books
Tuesday, January 30 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
In celebration of her new book Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods, Danna Staaf joins us for a discussion on cephalopods and an in-person squid dissection.

Wednesday, January 31

Tony Robles Poetry Reading with Kayvan Zahiri & Jacqueline Ramos | SF Main Library
Wednesday, January 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SF Main Public Library
Tony Robles Poetry Reading with Kayvan Zahiri & Jacqueline Ramos | SF Main Library
Fingerprints over Frisco. San Francisco’s People’s Poet Tony Robles reads from his new book of short stories and poems Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike, a collection that honors the Frisco Five Hunger Strikers and those who fight to keep the soul of San Francisco intact ...
“The Raincoats” New Edition Celebration | City Lights
Wednesday, January 31 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
In 1979, from the basement of a London squat, The Raincoats reinvented what punk could be. They had a violin player. They came from Portugal, Spain, and England. Their anarchy was poetic. Working with the iconic Rough Trade Records at its radical beginnings, they were ...

Thursday, February 1

Book Reading with the Whole Family | San Carlos
Thursday, February 1 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Reading Bug
Book Reading with the Whole Family | San Carlos
Bring your 3 – 7 year old kids to enjoy a wonderful family-oriented storytime with art projects presented by the Reading Bug. Authors Kenneth Wright and Sarah Jane will be there presenting their book Lola Dutch is a Little Bit Much. Limited space available so get there early.
“The Color Purple” Book Discussion | SF Main Library
Thursday, February 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SF Main Public Library
On Thursday February 1, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. please join their discussion of Alice Walker’s award-winning novel, The Color Purple. Walker’s epistolary novel is comprised entirely of letters exchanged between the poor, much abused black girl, Celie, and her missionary sister Nettie. With pain and ...
“Hawker Fare” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Thursday, February 1 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
“Hawker Fare” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
James Syhabout’s hugely popular Hawker Fare restaurant in San Francisco is the product of his unique family history and diverse career experience. Born into two distinct but related Asian cultures—from his mother’s ancestral village in Isan, Thailand’s northeast region, and his father’s home in Pakse, ...
“Private Eye Confidential” Book Launch | Green Apple Books
Thursday, February 1 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Mike Spencer discusses his new book, Private Eye Confidential: Stories From a Real P.I. Private Eye Confidential displays both the best and worst of human nature. Private investigators see everything, and Spencer has encountered a man who wanted to prove his paternity from a frozen tampon, a ...

Saturday, February 3

Valentine Broadside Printing | SF Main Library
Saturday, February 3 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SF Main Public Library
Valentine Broadside Printing | SF Main Library
The Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center presents the 7th Annual Valentine Broadside Printing Event on Saturday, February 3rd, 2-4 p.m. in the San Francisco History Center on the 6th Floor of the Main Library. You are invited to ...

Thursday, February 8

“Show Us Your Spines” Indie Writers Reading Kick-Off | SF Main Library
Thursday, February 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SF Main Public Library
Featuring: Yolandi Cruz Thea Matthews Natalia Vigil Jamil Moises

Saturday, February 10

SF Public Library’s $1 Book & Media Sale | Mission Dist.
Saturday, February 10 – 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 ...

Mission District “Calle 24” Latino Art Stroll & Mural Tour | SF
Saturday, February 10 – 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 Saturday. “Calle 24” spans 14 city blocks, the section ...

Monday, February 12

Perfectly Queer: LGBTQ Reading Series | SF
Monday, February 12 – 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, February 13

“Winter Kept Us Warm” Book Launch | Green Apple Books
Tuesday, February 13 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Anne Raeff in conversation with Lori Ostlund about the release of her new novel, Winter Kept Us Warm. About Winter Kept Us Warm: A bold and haunting novel that sets love against the brutality of WWII and post-war life. Winter Kept Us Warm is an evocative story ...

Monday, February 26

Silent Book Club: Book Lovers’ Monthly Reading | San Jose
Monday, February 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Hedley Club
Silent Book Club: Book Lovers' Monthly Reading | San Jose

Silent Book Club is a monthly meetup of reading afficionados. Bring yourself and what you’re currently reading to The Hedley Club. Free, but an RSVP is requested. The link can sometimes be hard to find. You can sometimes find it in these two sites: Silent Book ...

Tuesday, February 27

Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, February 27 – 7:40 pm | Cost: FREE | The Octopus Literary Salon
Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland

Older women: Wise enough to tell the truth about sex – what they want, what they’ve done, what makes them hot. Dirty Old Women, a monthly series at Octopus, celebrates erotic writing by self-identified older women of all orientations. Open mic starts at 7:40 pm ...

Saturday, March 10

SF Public Library’s $1 Book & Media Sale | Mission Dist.
Saturday, March 10 – 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 ...

Monday, March 26

Silent Book Club: Book Lovers’ Monthly Reading | San Jose
Monday, March 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Hedley Club
Silent Book Club: Book Lovers' Monthly Reading | San Jose

Silent Book Club is a monthly meetup of reading afficionados. Bring yourself and what you’re currently reading to The Hedley Club. Free, but an RSVP is requested. The link can sometimes be hard to find. You can sometimes find it in these two sites: Silent Book ...