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Saturday, June 24

Pride Celebration: Drag Queen Story Hour & Community Potluck | Oakland
Saturday, June 24 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Dimond Park Recreation Center
Pride Celebration: Drag Queen Story Hour & Community Potluck | Oakland
Celebrate Pride weekend at the Oakland debut of Drag Queen Story Hour, with face painting, cookies – and stories and songs led by Black Benatar. Black Benatar thinks kids are the best and loves reading books to them that celebrate LGBTQ and multicultural families and identities. Drag ...
“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” Book Launch & Happy Hour | SF
Saturday, June 24 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Please join them on Saturday, June 24th at 5:00pm for a very special Happy Hour with author Samin Nosrat and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, creators of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking. Complimentary beverages and snacks will be provided followed by a presentation ...

Sunday, June 25

Sophie Calle Artist Reception & Book Signing | City Lights
Sunday, June 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Sophie Calle Artist Reception & Book Signing  | City Lights
Join City Lights and Ars Citizen in celebrating French conceptual artist Sophie Calle in a rare appearance and reception celebrating her forthcoming show at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco. Mary Kaye Schilling writes: “Over the course of her 38-year-long career, ...

Monday, June 26

“Isadora” & “The Last Kid Left” Book Reading | SF
Monday, June 26 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is appreciated.
| The Booksmith
Booksmith presents Amelia Gray and Rosecrans Baldwin reading from their anticipated new books, Isadora and The Last Kid Left. Amelia Gray’s Isadora is a shocking and visceral portrait of an artist and woman drawn to the brink of destruction by the cruelty of life; a legendary ...

Tuesday, June 27

36th Annual Northern California Book Awards | Civic Center
Tuesday, June 27 – 5:45 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
36th Annual Northern California Book Awards | Civic Center
The 36th Annual Northern California Book Awards celebrate writers, readers, and publishers of Northern California. Authors will be honored in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translation, and Children’s Literature, with brief celebratory readings and remarks by the winning authors, a lively reception with book signing follows, all ...
Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, June 27 – 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, June 28

Pride Poetry Palooza | Oakland
Wednesday, June 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Door donations are highly encouraged.
| Nomadic Press
Pride Poetry Palooza | Oakland
Perfectly Queer East Bay presents its annual celebration of Queer pride – the Pride Poetry Palooza, with amazing LGBTQ poets MK Chavez, Thea Matthews, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, David Welper, Arisa White, and Shelley Wong at Nomadic Press. Baruch leads a discussion of writing Queer poetry after the readings. ...

Thursday, June 29

Community Voices: Poets Speak & Reflect | SF
Thursday, June 29 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Museum of the African Diaspora
Community Voices: Poets Speak & Reflect | SF
Join them this Thursday for Community Voices: Poets Speak. Bay Area Cave Canem poets reflect on themes of their current exhibition. Now on view, The Ease of Fiction presents the work of four African artists living in the United States as the foundation of a critical ...
“TransAction: Trans Writing as Activism” Reading & Discussion | SF
Thursday, June 29 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Alley Cat Books
Foglifter, RADAR Productions, Bay Area Writers Resist, and Queer Rebels present a reading and panel discussion featuring prominent Bay Area trans writers and activists. The event will examine the role of trans literature and aesthetic in the current American political and cultural climate. Featuring: Natasha Dennerstein Sam Dylan Finch Stacy ...

Tuesday, July 4

1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Tuesday, July 4 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
1st Tuesday 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 Tuesday of the month. The series features author readings, editor talks, book giveaways and fun themes on many month. Admission is free.

Thursday, July 6

LaborFest2017: “Refinery Town” Book Reading | SF
Thursday, July 6 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Green Arcade
LaborFest2017:
Home to one of the largest oil refineries in the state, Richmond, was once a typical company town bankrolled by Chevron. This largely nonwhite, working-class city of a hundred thousand had experienced the by-products of decades’ worth of poverty, substandard housing, and poorly funded public ...

Friday, July 7

Wayne & Rick’s Big Publication Party | Oakland
Friday, July 7 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Laurel Bookstore
Wayne & Rick's Big Publication Party | Oakland
Wayne Goodman and Rick May celebrate the publication of their new books Friday, July 7, 7pm at Laurel Bookstore, 1423 Broadway in Oakland with friends Natasha Dennerstein and Hilary Zaid. Goodman’s new novel Better Angels is a retelling for modern readers of the first known American ...

Saturday, July 8

SF Public Library’s $1 Book & Media Sale | Mission Dist.
Saturday, July 8 – 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 ...

Sunday, July 9

Poetry Flash with Don Bogen & Joseph Di Prisco | Oakland
Sunday, July 9 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Diesel, A Bookstore
Poetry Flash with Don Bogen & Joseph Di Prisco | Oakland
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland hosts another installment of Poetry Flash on Sunday, July 9th at 3pm. The featured guest poets will be Don Bogen and Joseph Di Prisco. Don Bogen’s most recent book of poems is An Algebra. D. A. Powell says, “Don Bogen is ...

Monday, July 10

Perfectly Queer: LGBTQ Reading Series | SF
Monday, July 10 – 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, July 11

Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, July 11 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks | 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.

Wednesday, July 12

“White Plains” Book Reading & Discussion | Green Apple Books
Wednesday, July 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books and Music
Please join Green Apple Books on Clement street Wednesday, July 12th at 7:00pm as they welcome Author David Hicks, reading from and discussing his new book “White Plains”. Flynn Hawkins is a graduate assistant at a prestigious university, on his way to greatness and wisdom. But in ...
“A House Among The Trees” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books
Wednesday, July 12 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
In Julia Glass’s fifth book since her acclaimed novel Three Junes won the National Book Award, she gives us the story of an unusual bond between a world-famous writer and his assistant–a richly plotted novel of friendship and love, artistic ambition, the perils of celebrity, ...

Thursday, July 13

Women Bike Book Club | Oakland
Thursday, July 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Rockridge Branch Library
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 ...

Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library
Thursday, July 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library
Magnoliah is a Black femme, fat activist and burlesque performer who lives in Oakland, CA. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto an artist of mixed Pakistani and Lebanese descent and having grown up in Pakistan, Bhutto sees his body caught in the middle of complex identity politics formed by centuries ...
“Gork, The Teenage Dragon” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books
Thursday, July 13 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Join Gabe Hudson as he discusses his new novel, Gork, The Teenage Dragon. Gork isn’t like the other dragons at WarWings Military Academy. He has a gigantic heart, two-inch horns, and an occasional problem with fainting. His nickname is Weak Sauce and his Will to Power ...

Friday, July 14

“A Twenty Minute Silence Followed By Applause” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books
Friday, July 14 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Join Shawn Wen as he discusses her new essay collection, A Twenty Minute Silence Followed By Applause. Beyond Bip, Marceau was a Jewish Holocaust survivor and member of the French resistance; a bombastic iconoclast; a collector of failed marriages, masks, antique knives and doting fans; an ...

Sunday, July 16

LaborFest2017: “Painting Coit Tower” Play Reading | SF
Sunday, July 16 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Canessa Gallery
LaborFest2017:
“What do powerful men fear most? Honest questions from free minds. Brush fresh paint on a blank slate – who knows what you may find?” So says artist Bernard Zakheim in a scene from “Painting Coit Tower,” a new play that tells the amazing story ...

Wednesday, July 19

“The End of Loyalty” Book Reading & Discussion | Green Apple Books
Wednesday, July 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books and Music
Please join Green Apple Books on Wednesday, July 19th at 7pm as they welcome author Rick Wartzman, reading from and discussing his book The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America. In this richly detailed and eye-opening book, Rick Wartzman chronicles the ...

Monday, July 24

Silent Book Club: Book Lovers’ Monthly Reading | San Jose
Monday, July 24 – 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, July 25

Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, July 25 – 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 ...

Tuesday, August 1

1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Tuesday, August 1 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
1st Tuesday 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 Tuesday of the month. The series features author readings, editor talks, book giveaways and fun themes on many month. Admission is free.

Tuesday, August 8

Litquake in the Gardens: Outdoor Lunch Break Poetry | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, August 8 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Litquake in the Gardens: Outdoor Lunch Break Poetry | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
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.

Thursday, August 10

Women Bike Book Club | Oakland
Thursday, August 10 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Rockridge Branch Library
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 ...

Saturday, August 12

SF Public Library’s $1 Book & Media Sale | Mission Dist.
Saturday, August 12 – 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 ...