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Wednesday, June 29

“How to Ruin Everything” Book Release | SF
Wednesday, June 29 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
Award-winning poet and musician George Watsky returns to his hometown for the release of How To Ruin Everything, a debut essay collection that explores some of his strangest misadventures and greatest challenges. Even with an early career tinged with unexpected Internet notoriety, Watsky has still had ...

Thursday, June 30

“Of Poetry & Protest” Book Reading | City Lights
Thursday, June 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
City Lights celebrates the release of this stunning new anthology that illuminates today’s black experience through the voices of our most transformative and powerful African American poets. Included in this extraordinary volume are the poems of 43 of America’s most talented African American wordsmiths, including Pulitzer ...

Wednesday, July 6

Unconfirmed – 1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Wednesday, July 6 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
Unconfirmed - 1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Please Note: We have not confirmed that 1st Tuesday Author Reading Series is taking place on July 6. Please Note: Pandemonium Press Presents moves to 1st Tuesdays Starting June 7

Saturday, July 9

Harold Norse Centennial Celebration and Poem Night | SF
Saturday, July 9 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Beat Museum
Harold Norse Centennial Celebration and Poem Night | SF
The Beat Museum will host a celebration for the 100th birthday of Beat poet Harold Norse on July 9th from 7-9 pm. Celebrate his centennial with appearances by: Todd Swindell (editor – I Am Going To Fly Through Glass: Selected Poems of Harold Norse) Adrian Brooks (founding member ...
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, July 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 ...

Sunday, July 10

LaborFest 2016: “Frisco” Book Discussion | SF
Sunday, July 10 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Green Arcade
LaborFest 2016:
Frisco is the most important dramatic novel centered around the San Francisco General Strike in 1934. Bacon has integrated the characters, including Harry Bridges and other leaders of the ILWU, into the novel and gives a gripping portrayal of the class struggle. In the summer of ...

Monday, July 11

Perfectly Queer: LGBTQ Reading Series | SF
Monday, July 11 – 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 the Castro, San Francisco, CA, co-produced by Wayne Goodman and Rick May. This event takes place on the 2nd Monday of each month.

LaborFest 2016: “Gold Mountain” Staged Reading | Berkeley
Monday, July 11 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*$10 Suggested Donation
| Aurora Theatre
LaborFest 2016:
A staged reading of the new musical, Gold Mountain, by critically acclaimed actor, composer and playwright Jason Ma. Gold Mountain is directed by nationally renowned director Alan Muraoka. The reading features a cast of local Sag-Aftra actors. Proceeds from the reading will benefit their foundation. Gold Mountain is ...
“All Strangers Are Kin” Book Discussion | SF
Monday, July 11 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
The “shadda” is the key difference between a pigeon (hamam) and a bathroom (hammam). Be careful, the professor advised, in the first moment of outright humor in class, that you don’t ask a waiter, Excuse me, where is the pigeon? or, conversely, order a roasted ...

Tuesday, July 12

Poetry Readings On Your Lunch Break | Yerba Buena Gardens
Tuesday, July 12 – 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.

Saturday, July 16

2016 Beast Crawl: 150 Authors, 36 Venues, 3 Hours | Oakland
Saturday, July 16 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Beer Garden
2016 Beast Crawl: 150 Authors, 36 Venues, 3 Hours | Oakland
Uptown Oakland’s Beast Crawl will hold its annual free literary festival featuring more than 150 poets, writers and performance artists in a single night, spread out over 3 hours and 36 venues. Local galleries, bars, restaurants, cafés, and storefronts will host dozens of events, including Telegraph Beer Garden, ...

Monday, July 18

“How To Be A Person In The World” Book Discussion | SF
Monday, July 18 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
A collection of original, impassioned, and inspiring letters by the author of the popular advice column Ask Polly. Should you quit your day job to follow your dreams? How do you rein in an overbearing mother? Will you ever stop dating wishy-washy, noncommittal guys? Should you ...

Tuesday, July 19

LaborFest 2016: The Voices Of The Workers’ Survival, Resistance & Power | SF
Tuesday, July 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Green Arcade
LaborFest 2016: The Voices Of The Workers’ Survival, Resistance & Power | SF
LaborFest Writers’ Group will explore how unheard voices are rising up, resisting, and discovering their power. This movement is happening at work and wherever San Franciscans call home, whether it is brick and mortar or tent city. People are speaking out and demanding to be heard ...

Wednesday, July 20

“Ninety Nine Stories Of God” Book Discussion | SF
Wednesday, July 20 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
From, quite possibly America’s best living writer of short stories, (NPR), Ninety-Nine Stories of God finds Joy Williams reeling between the sublime and the surreal, knocking down the barriers between the workaday and the divine. In Ninety-Nine Stories of God, she takes on one of mankind’s ...

Thursday, July 21

Live StorySlam Show: True Drug Stories | Oakland
Thursday, July 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20
| Sweet Bar Bakery
Live StorySlam Show: True Drug Stories | Oakland

Storytellers compete for prizes in their annual drugs-themed StorySlam. Prizes awarded for best open-mic storyteller and best overall storyteller. Plus, there will be raffle prizes for audience members. The night will feature selected storytellers sharing their best “drugs” story. Put your name in the hat for ...

LaborFest 2016: Freelancers, Journalism, Worker Rights & Technology | SF
Thursday, July 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 518 Valencia
LaborFest 2016: Freelancers, Journalism, Worker Rights & Technology | SF
Tens of thousands of journalists have lost their jobs in the US and most have ended up as freelancers. The use of technology has transformed our communication and media tools and this has drastically affected journalists, news and information. At the same time, there are ...

Saturday, July 23

Kiosk Fest 2016: Zine Reading, Workshop & Live Music | SF
Saturday, July 23 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Say you're from Funcheap, they'll give you an exclusive zine for free.
| Market St (Embarcadero to 5th St)
Kiosk Fest 2016: Zine Reading, Workshop & Live Music | SF

The Grand Newsstand, San Francisco’s zine stand, is hosting an open-air festival to celebrate zines, art, and printed media. The first festival of its kind, Kiosk Fest takes place around Market Street in San Francisco between 5th Street and the Embarcadero. If you show up ...

“The Vault” Book Discussion | South SF
Saturday, July 23 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
Meet South San Francisco author Paul Nemeth and learn about his latest book, The Vault. This futuristic thriller focuses on professional dreamer Owen Tipton who is the only hope for a boy trapped in a nightmare. View the book trailer online or learn more about this ...

Sunday, July 24

Kiosk Fest 2016: Zine Reading, Workshop & Live Music | SF
Sunday, July 24 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Say you're from Funcheap, they'll give you an exclusive zine for free.
| Market St (Embarcadero to 5th St)
Kiosk Fest 2016: Zine Reading, Workshop & Live Music | SF

The Grand Newsstand, San Francisco’s zine stand, is hosting an open-air festival to celebrate zines, art, and printed media. The first festival of its kind, Kiosk Fest takes place around Market Street in San Francisco between 5th Street and the Embarcadero. If you show up ...

Monday, July 25

LaborFest 2016: “Take It From The Workers Who Built Everything” Book Discussion | SF
Monday, July 25 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Plumbers' Hall
LaborFest 2016:
The catastrophic San Francisco 1906 earthquake brought tens of thousands of unionized building trades workers to San Francisco to rebuild the city. These critically needed workers rebuilt the city in an amazing three years. The most important and historically significant documentary account of the rebuilding of ...

Tuesday, July 26

Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, July 26 – 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, August 3

1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Wednesday, August 3 – 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
Please Note: Pandemonium Press Presents moves to 1st Tuesdays Starting June 7

Tuesday, August 9

Poetry Readings On Your Lunch Break | Yerba Buena Gardens
Tuesday, August 9 – 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.

Saturday, August 13

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

Wednesday, August 24

“The Gentleman” Book Discussion | SF
Wednesday, August 24 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
A funny, fantastically entertaining debut novel, in the spirit of Wodehouse and Monty Python, about a famous poet who inadvertently sells his wife to the devil–then recruits a band of adventurers to rescue her. When Lionel Savage, a popular poet in Victorian London, learns from his ...

Tuesday, September 13

Poetry Readings On Your Lunch Break | Yerba Buena Gardens
Tuesday, September 13 – 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.

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.