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Tuesday, January 17

Poetry Tuesdays at the Library | North Beach
Tuesday, January 17 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | North Beach Public Library
Poetry Tuesdays at the Library | North Beach

Join them every Tuesday evening in the historic literary epicenter of San Francisco to hear poets from near and far read their work. Tuesdays at North Beach is a highly-respected weekly poetry series celebrating internationally acclaimed poets and showcasing local talent. Past guests have included Jonathan ...

“Sirens” Book Discussion | City Lights
Tuesday, January 17 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Acclaimed novelist Joshua Mohr provides a captivating and complicated account of his years of substance abuse and culpability in his non-fiction debut. Employing the characterization and chimerical prose for which he has been lauded, Mohr traces his childhood swilling fuzzy navels as a latch-key kid, ...

Queer Words “Poetry & Prose” Book Reading | SF
Tuesday, January 17 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Folio Books
Queer Words
Is rain poetry or prose? Is it both? Whatever the answer is one thing’s for sure, people need it. Come hear the difference at Queer Words “Poetry & Prose” Tuesday, January 17, 7pm at Folio Books in Noe Valley. The event is open to the public and ...
“Savage Theories” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books on the Park
Tuesday, January 17 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Argentinian writer Pola Oloixarac in conversation about her first novel translated into English, “Savage Theories.” Praise for “Savage Theories”: “A stunning vibrant maximalist whirlwind of a novel. Oloixarac’s wit and ambition are evident on every page. By comparison, most other contemporary fiction seems a little dull and ...

Wednesday, January 18

No Shadow Without Light: Writers Respond to Trump | SF Main Library
Wednesday, January 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
No Shadow Without Light: Writers Respond to Trump | SF Main Library
As with the rest of the Bay Area, Litquake has been festering over the unexpected election of Donald Trump. Do they publish a manifesto? Or curl up in the fetal position? Yes, times are dark indeed, but it’s incumbent on the creative class to stand ...
A Celebration for New Works of Fiction | City Lights
Wednesday, January 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
A Celebration for New Works of Fiction | City Lights
David Lida is the author of four books, including the very well received travel narrative First Stop in the New World (Riverhead, 2009). One Life is his first novel and will be published in Mexico in Spanish in 2016. He has been a journalist for ...

Thursday, January 19

Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library
Thursday, January 19 – 5:45 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library
RADAR Productions Presents: January Queer Reading Series at the San Francisco Library. The authors for this month are: Gabrielle Glancy – Winner of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, finalist for Yale Younger Poets, The Colorado Prize and The Academy of American Poets Walt ...
Live StorySlam Show: “Emergency Exit” True Tales & Open-Mic | Oakland
Thursday, January 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20
| Sweet Bar Bakery
Live StorySlam Show:
Today’s performer lineup includes Carmen Brito, a survivor from the terrifying Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland; as well as lighter fare from comedic storytellers Sharon Birzer, Sir Remy Martin and Josh Cereghino.
“Viking Economics: How The Scandanavians Got It Right” Book Talk | SF
Thursday, January 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Green Arcade
In his new book “Viking Economics: How The Scandanavians Got It Right And How We Can Too”, retired Swarthmore College professor, George Lakey, who has lived and worked in Norway tells an uplifting story. Dr. Lakey will read from and discuss his book this evening. What ...
“Searching for John Hughes” Book Talk & Signing | SF
Thursday, January 19 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP appreciated but not required.
| The Booksmith
The Booksmith presents Jason Diamond and his hilarious and poignant new memoir, Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know about Life I Learned from Watching ’80s Movies, the story of how a Jewish kid from a broken home in a ...

Sunday, January 22

“Welcome to Painterland” Book Release | City Lights
Sunday, January 22 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
The Rat Bastard Protective Association was an inflammatory, close-knit community of artists who lived and worked in a building they dubbed Painterland in the Fillmore neighborhood of midcentury San Francisco. The artists who counted themselves among the Rat Bastards—which included Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Jay ...

Monday, January 23

Silent Book Club: Book Lovers’ Monthly Reading | San Jose
Monday, January 23 – 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, January 24

Poetry Tuesdays at the Library | North Beach
Tuesday, January 24 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | North Beach Public Library
Poetry Tuesdays at the Library | North Beach

Join them every Tuesday evening in the historic literary epicenter of San Francisco to hear poets from near and far read their work. Tuesdays at North Beach is a highly-respected weekly poetry series celebrating internationally acclaimed poets and showcasing local talent. Past guests have included Jonathan ...

“Lucky Boy” Book Discussion | City Lights
Tuesday, January 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
A gripping tale of adventure and searing reality, Lucky Boy gives voice to two mothers bound together by their love for one lucky boy.
Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, January 24 – 7:40 pm | Cost: FREE | The Octopus Literary Salon
Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Dirty Old Women is hosted by Susan Kuchinskas.

Wednesday, January 25

“Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World” Book Talk | SF
Wednesday, January 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*General Admission, Discounts available for CHS Members
| California Historical Society
Lynn Downey will present a lecture and slide show on the life of one of San Francisco’s most famous citizens: Levi Strauss. Strauss’ early years in Bavaria and New York leads off the lecture followed by his life, career, and contributions to San Francisco history, ...
“True South” Book Discussion | City Lights
Wednesday, January 25 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Henry Hampton’s 1987 landmark multipart television series, Eyes on the Prize, an eloquent, plainspoken chronicle of the civil rights movement, is now the classic narrative of that history. Before Hampton, the movement’s history had been written or filmed by whites and weighted heavily toward Dr. ...
“Transit” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books on the Park
Wednesday, January 25 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Rachel Cusk discusses Transit, the second volume in a trilogy that began with Outline (a NY Times 10 Best Books selection for 2015). In the wake of family collapse, a writer and her two young sons move to London. The process of upheaval is the catalyst ...
“Road Trips: Becoming an American in the Vapor Trail of The Sixties” Book Talk | SF
Wednesday, January 25 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, RSVP is appreciated but not required.
| The Booksmith
Now that we are entering the Age of Trump, it’s time for a look back. Tamim Ansary hosts an evening of reading, storytelling, music, and conversation about the Age of Nixon – the setting for his new memoir Road Trips: Becoming an American in the ...

Thursday, January 26

Being Lost Book Swap: Talk About & Trade Books You Love | SF
Thursday, January 26 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*Tickets must be purchased in advance on brownpapertickets.com or in-store.
| The Booksmith
Being Lost Book Swap: Talk About & Trade Books You Love | SF
This January, local author Marian Palaia helps them kick off the new year. Marian’s debut novel, The Given World, was shortlisted for the Saroyan International Prize for Fiction, longlisted for The PEN/Bingham First Novel Prize, and recognized by Kirkus as a 2015 Best Novel. From a quiet ...

Tuesday, January 31

Poetry Tuesdays at the Library | North Beach
Tuesday, January 31 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | North Beach Public Library
Poetry Tuesdays at the Library | North Beach

Join them every Tuesday evening in the historic literary epicenter of San Francisco to hear poets from near and far read their work. Tuesdays at North Beach is a highly-respected weekly poetry series celebrating internationally acclaimed poets and showcasing local talent. Past guests have included Jonathan ...

“Perfect Little World” Book Talk & Signing | SF
Tuesday, January 31 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
Join the Booksmith for a book talk and signing with Kevin Wilson, author of Perfect Little World. Isabelle Poole is pregnant and on her own, the baby’s father—her high school art teacher—out of the picture. Not sure where to turn, Izzy joins The Infinite Family Project, ...

Wednesday, February 1

Salutations: Love & Unlove Letter Reading | Green Apple Books on the Park
Wednesday, February 1 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Salutations: Love & Unlove Letter Reading | Green Apple Books on the Park
The third installment of their new event series, Salutations, returns with a night of letter-reading on Love and Unlove.  

Thursday, February 2

“Homesick for Another World” Book Debut | Green Apple Books on the Park
Thursday, February 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Ottessa Moshfegh’s debut novel Eileen was one of the literary events of 2015. Garlanded with critical acclaim, it was named a book of the year by The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, short-listed for the ...

Tuesday, February 7

One Week Left: SF Library Waives All Late Fees | 2017 Fine Forgiveness Program
Tuesday, February 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*See full details at http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=2000940701
| San Francisco Main Library
One Week Left: SF Library Waives All Late Fees | 2017 Fine Forgiveness Program

Got any overdue books from the library at home that you haven’t wanted to return because you’re worried about the fine? Now’s your chance. For the first time since 2009, the San Francisco Public Library is offering their “Fine Forgiveness Program“ from January 3 – ...

Poetry Tuesdays at the Library | North Beach
Tuesday, February 7 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | North Beach Public Library
Poetry Tuesdays at the Library | North Beach

Join them every Tuesday evening in the historic literary epicenter of San Francisco to hear poets from near and far read their work. Tuesdays at North Beach is a highly-respected weekly poetry series celebrating internationally acclaimed poets and showcasing local talent. Past guests have included Jonathan ...

1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Tuesday, February 7 – 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, February 9

Women Bike Book Club | Oakland
Thursday, February 9 – 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, February 11

SF Public Library’s $1 Book & Media Sale | Mission Dist.
Saturday, February 11 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free to look around and you get a book 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 ...

Free Bad Book Party: Readings, Show & Tell, Singalongs | SF
Saturday, February 11 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Free Bad Book Party: Readings, Show & Tell, Singalongs | SF
San Francisco’s Green Apple Books on the Park is gearing up to host a bad book party, hosted by local podcast I Don’t Even Own a Television and friends. This free event will celebrate all things related to bad books, with readings from a whole ...