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Saturday, September 24

100 Thousand Poets for Change | Oakland
Saturday, September 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are happily accepted.
| Everywhere
100 Thousand Poets for Change | Oakland
Join other poets, musicians, and artists around the USA and across the planet in a demonstration/celebration to promote peace and sustainability and to call for serious social, environmental and political change. On September 24, 2016 poets, musicians and artists around the world will be organizing poetry ...

Sunday, September 25

$1 Book Day: The 2016 Big Book Sale | Fort Mason
Sunday, September 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*On Sunday, everything is $1
| Fort Mason Center
$1 Book Day: The 2016 Big Book Sale | Fort Mason

The Big Book Sale celebrates its 52nd year of the Friends of the SF Library featuring over 500,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl, and other forms of media in 70 different categories, all for $1-3, at the Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion. The Big Book Sale is free ...

Tuesday, September 27

“An American Feminist in the Arab World” Book Reading | Oakland
Tuesday, September 27 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Park Day School
What begins as a trip to meet Hassan Fathy – Egyptian author of the influential Architecture for the Poor – becomes a 16-year odyssey, one that stretches from working in a master carpenter’s shop in Egypt to teaching English in Palestine. Offering a portrait of a ...
Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, September 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 ...

Vow of Celibacy Stand-Up Book Tour | SF
Tuesday, September 27 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
Vow of Celibacy Stand-Up Book Tour | SF
Writer and comedian Erin Judge just released her first novel, Vow of Celibacy. It’s incredibly readable and delightfully relatable. In lieu of a traditional book tour, Erin is performing stand-up at local bookstores to celebrate. On September 27, she hits The Booksmith in SF alongside ...
“Vow of Celibacy” Reading, Signing, & Stand-Up Comedy | SF
Tuesday, September 27 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP is appreciated but not required.
| The Booksmith
Writer and comedian Erin Judge presents her debut novel Vow of Celibacy. After much introspection and years of struggling with empty conquests, plus-sized fashion designer Natalie makes a vow of celibacy, signed and witnessed by her best friend Anastaze. Clever, sexy, and compassionate about body image, ...

Wednesday, September 28

Win Tix: Jonathan Safran Foer’s New Novel Talk “Here I Am” | JCCSF
Wednesday, September 28 – 12:00 pm | Cost: WIN | JCCSF Jewish Community Center
Jonathan Safran Foer is the award-winning author of the novels Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a bestselling work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. > Get Tickets – $28 Standard / $38 Premium His much-anticipated new novel, Here I Am, his first in eleven ...
“Terms of Use” How Social Media Can Influence the Elections | SF
Wednesday, September 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Folio Books
Recently accused of suppressing conservative viewpoints, Facebook promised not to attempt to influence how people vote. But as veteran Silicon Valley journalist Scott Allan Morrison shows in his debut thriller Terms of Use, social media companies can manipulate voters, and there are no laws to ...

Thursday, September 29

“Colonial Spirits: A Toast to Our Drunken History” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Thursday, September 29 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
In Colonial Spirits, Steven Grasse presents a historical manifesto on drinking, including 50 colonial era– inspired cocktail recipes. The book features a rousing timeline of colonial imbibing and a cultural overview of a dizzying number of drinks: beer, rum and punch; temperance drinks; liqueurs and ...
Book Reading & Discussions from Rad Women Worldwide | Berkeley
Thursday, September 29 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Florence Schwimley Little Theater
Book Reading & Discussions from Rad Women Worldwide | Berkeley
Pegasus Books, The Berkeley Federation of Teachers, and Berkeley High’s Arts and Humanities Academy present a Book Reading and Signing for not one but two rad books: the poetry collection Dated Emcees, by BHS alum Chinaka Hodge and Rad Women Worldwide by BHS teacher Miriam Klein ...
“What We Never Had” Book Discussion & Signing | SF
Thursday, September 29 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*https://www.facebook.com/events/1638782916413444/
| The Booksmith
Zach Wyner presents “What We Never Had”, a novel where you meet Josh—a guy with no upward path, a dysfunctional relationship with his ex, and the epitome of the modern post-collegiate. After two shiftless friends take up residence in his apartment, using his couch as a podium ...

Friday, September 30

“Inner River” Book Release Party | SF
Friday, September 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Modern Times Bookstore
Join Seattle-based poet Tanya Holtland and featured poets Jennifer S. Cheng (House A, forthcoming from Omnidawn) and Maxwell Shanley (There Are Trees I See My Death In, forthcoming from Drop Leaf Press) to celebrate the release of Holtland’s chapbook, Inner River, available now from Drop ...
Mark Thompson Memorial Reading | SF
Friday, September 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Dog Eared Books (Castro)
Mark Thompson Memorial Reading | SF
Celebrate the words and life of Mark Thompson–gay man, author, activist, proud leatherman, and lover. Mark wrote or edited several landmark Queer books, including the trilogy Gay Spirit, Gay Soul, and Gay Body as well as the books The Fire in the Moonlight: Stories From ...
“Incidents of Travel in Poetry” Book Discussion | SF
Friday, September 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Folio Books
Join editor of City Lights’ Spotlight series, Garrett Caples, and Berkeley-based poet, Julien Poirier, for a presentation from their co-edited, posthumous Frank Lima anthology, Incidents of Travel in Poetry. A classically trained chef, born in Spanish Harlem in 1939, Lima’s poems are steeped in the ...
“Rad Women Worldwide” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books on the Park
Friday, September 30 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Writer Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Leuchter discuss “Rad Women Worldwide,” the sequel to the New York Times bestselling book “Rad American Women A-Z.” About Rad Women Worldwide: In Rad Women Worldwide, writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl tell fresh, engaging, and inspiring tales of ...

Saturday, October 1

21st Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival | Berkeley
Saturday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley)
21st Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival | Berkeley
“Stand up for the Earth” at the 21st annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival at Berkeley’s Civic Center Park. 2016 Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival Saturday, October 1, 2016 | Noon to 4:30 pm (10 am: Strawberry Creek Walk) Civic Center Park (MLK Jr. Way at Center Street, Berkeley) FREE 10 am: Strawberry Creek Walk meets ...
“Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Saturday, October 1 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Inspired by the depth of Senegalese cooking and the many people he’s met on his culinary journey, these recipes are Pierre Thiam’s own creative, modern takes on the traditional. Learn to cook the vibrant, diverse food of Senegal, such as soulful stews full of meat ...

Sunday, October 2

Writing Workshop: Writing in the Woods | Mill Valley
Sunday, October 2 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required
| Muir Woods National Monument
Writing Workshop: Writing in the Woods | Mill Valley
Join Ranger Amy Kaplan for a writing workshop at Muir Woods that explores the relationship between place and you and you and place. The workshop includes a short tour of Muir Woods. This event is recommended for ages 16-adult. Free but an RSVP is required. ...
“Buck Studies” Book Release Celebration | City Lights
Sunday, October 2 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Poet, performer, librettist, and educator, Douglas Kearney returns to City Lights presenting a performance of his poetry. Kearney’s works speak to those who are listening to what our living, material language has to say about race and history. At the hub of Buck Studies is ...

Monday, October 3

Word Party Poetry & Jazz Open Mic | PianoFight
Monday, October 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | PianoFight
Word Party Poetry & Jazz Open Mic | PianoFight
The Word Party Poetry and Jazz Open mic makes its triumphant return after a year hiatus. Poetry open mic with jazz accompaniment from the Nova Jazz band. Poets have 3 minutes. Come early for sign up. Food and drinks are available at the bar.

Tuesday, October 4

1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Tuesday, October 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.

“Also An Octopus” Book Launch | SF
Tuesday, October 4 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
Maggie Tokuda-Hall, your friendly (ex-)neighborhood writer, doodler, podcaster, and part-time pervert has written a children’s book called Also an Octopus. It’s a story about how to write a story, and it’s perfect and will probably make your face do a thing that’s like “awwwwww-uh,” and ...

Wednesday, October 5

“Deceit and Other Possibilities” Book Launch | SF
Wednesday, October 5 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is encouraged.
| The Booksmith
Vanessa Hua presents her debut collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, in conversation with ZYZZYVA editor Oscar Villalon. The characters in these stories vividly illustrate the conflict between self and society, tradition and change: a Hong Kong movie idol flees a sex scandal; an obedient daughter ...
“Darling Days” Book Discussion | SF
Wednesday, October 5 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Second Act
iO Tillett Wright presents Darling Days, an extraordinary coming of age memoir set in the urban bohemia of 1980s New York’s Lower East Side, where punk, poverty, heroin, and art ruled the roost. Raised by single mother Rhona, a mercurial Glamazon showgirl, iO was encouraged ...

Thursday, October 6

Win: Lonely Planet’s Guide to Traveler Freebies | “The Best Things In Life Are Free”
Enter by: Thursday, October 6 – 12:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Win a copy of the book.
Yes, it’s possible to explore the world on any kind of budget. You just need to know where to look. In The Best Things in Life are Free: The Ultimate Money-Saving Travel Guide, the travel experts at Lonely Planet collected the most priceless experiences they’ve discovered ...
Book Talk & Signing with Cartoonist Sarah Glidden | SF
Thursday, October 6 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
Book Talk & Signing with Cartoonist Sarah Glidden | SF
Cartoonist Sarah Glidden follows up her acclaimed debut with Rolling Blackouts, a travel memoir of her two-month long journey through Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. Glidden accompanies two reporters and a former Marine as they research the impact of the Iraq War on the region’s refugees. ...

Saturday, October 8

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

Sunday, October 9

Poetry in Parks 2016 & Mountain Top Literature Festival | Mt. Tam
Sunday, October 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*A shuttle service is free but an RSVP is required.
| Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre
Poetry in Parks 2016 & Mountain Top Literature Festival | Mt. Tam
Poetry in Parks 2016 is a free, daylong festival in the historic Cushing Memorial-Mountain Theater in Mt. Tamalpais State Park, on the occasion of Quiet Lightning’s 100th show and as part of the Art in the Parks initiative celebrating the centennial of the National Parks ...

Monday, October 10

Perfectly Queer: LGBTQ Reading Series | SF
Monday, October 10 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Books Inc. (Castro)
Perfectly Queer: LGBTQ Reading Series | SF

Perfectly Queer is a monthly LGBTQ reading series at the Books Inc. bookstore in San Francisco, CA, co-produced by Wayne Goodman and Rick May. This event takes place on the 2nd Monday of each month.

Tuesday, October 11

Poetry Readings On Your Lunch Break | Yerba Buena Gardens
Tuesday, October 11 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Jessie Square)
Poetry Readings On Your Lunch Break | Yerba Buena Gardens
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.