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Sunday, November 19

2017 Howard Zinn Book Fair: The World We Want | Mission Dist.
Sunday, November 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | City College of SF (Mission Campus)
2017 Howard Zinn Book Fair: The World We Want | Mission Dist.
The Howard Zinn Bookfair, a celebration of the books that make us rethink our roles in the world and connect people with hidden histories, will be held at CCSF Mission Campus. The Howard Zinn Book Fair is an annual celebration of People’s History, Past Present, and Future ...
“NaNoWriMo 2017” National Novel Writing Month Write-Ins at the Library | South SF
Sunday, November 19 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South SF Main Library

National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo, for short) is a mad sprint to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. The event had over 700,000 participants in 2013, and this year, the South San Francisco Public Library would like to invite local participants to ...

Tuesday, November 21

“The World is Just a Book Away” Book Launch | SF
Tuesday, November 21 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is encouraged but not required.
| The Bindery
James J. Owens visits The Bindery to discuss his new anthology, The World is Just a Book Away. Join them. The World is Just a Book Away is an anthology that represents a 15-year journey by USC professor James Owens to capture the stories of how ...

Monday, November 27

Silent Book Club: Book Lovers’ Monthly Reading | San Jose
Monday, November 27 – 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, November 28

“Mentored By A Madman” Book Discussion | City Lights
Tuesday, November 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
A. J. Lees relates how William S. Burroughs, the author of Naked Lunch and a troubled drug addict, inspired him to discover a groundbreaking treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Lees journeys to the Amazon rain forest in search of cures, and through self-experimentation he seeks to ...
Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, November 28 – 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 ...

Wednesday, November 29

“Skaters” Book Release Party | SF
Wednesday, November 29 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Please join Books on the Park on Wednesday, November 29th at 7:30 p.m. as they welcome Jenny Sampson to celebrate the release of Skaters: Tintype Portraits of West Coast Skateboarders. Jenny Sampson earned a B.A. in Psychobiology in 1991 at Pitzer College and has since dedicated ...

Thursday, November 30

“Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Thursday, November 30 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Join Omnivore books as they launch Jim Laheys “Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook”.
“Ghostnotes: Music of the Unplayed” Book Release | City Lights
Thursday, November 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
A magnificent retrospective of the world’s preeminent hip-hop/rap photographer. Ghostnotes offers a unique visual mix tape of hip-hop artists, producers, and record dealers from the West Coast to the global African musical diaspora.

Saturday, December 2

3-Mile Hike Along San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive | SF
Saturday, December 2 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is requested. Please RSVP for changes due to weather
| Sports Basement (Presidio)
3-Mile Hike Along San Francisco's 49 Mile Scenic Drive | SF
Join Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson, authors the new SF Guide, Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive, for a 3-mile hike in the Presidio. DATE UPDATE – The event was originally scheduled for October 21st but was rescheduled to December 2nd.  They’ll start at the ...

Thursday, December 7

Shipwreck Presents: A Tale of Two Cities | SF
Thursday, December 7 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*Ticket includes open bar for 21+ and guaranteed admission
| The Booksmith
Shipwreck Presents: A Tale of Two Cities | SF
Their reign of terror continues with their third December #DeepDickens as they take on Charles’s noted French Revolution fanfic: A Tale of Two Cities. Featured writers are still to be announced. $12 advance, $15 door, ticket includes an open bar for 21+. Seats tend to sell out ...

Saturday, December 9

SF Public Library’s $1 Book & Media Sale | Mission Dist.
Saturday, December 9 – 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, December 9 – 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 ...

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, December 9 – 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 ...

Monday, December 11

Perfectly Queer: LGBTQ Reading Series | SF
Monday, December 11 – 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 ...

Three People Walk into a Bookstore | SF
Monday, December 11 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Dog Eared Books (Castro)
Three People Walk into a Bookstore | SF
Ready for a literature-filled evening? Authors Deb Busman, Jordy Jones, and Natasha Dennerstein read from their recent works.

Monday, December 25

Silent Book Club: Book Lovers’ Monthly Reading | San Jose
Monday, December 25 – 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 ...

Saturday, January 13

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, January 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 ...

Saturday, February 10

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 ...

Saturday, April 14

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

Wednesday, December 31

Downtown Ice Skating Opening Ceremony & $5 Ice Skating | San Jose
Wednesday, December 31 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Circle of Palms Plaza
Downtown Ice Skating Opening Ceremony & $5 Ice Skating | San Jose
Enjoy the opening ceremony for Downtown Ice at 5:30 pm on Friday, November 17. Please not that unfortunately Kristi Yamaguchi won’t be performing at the 2017 opening. Best of all, on opening day from 5 pm to midnight, skating will be just $5 including skates.