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Wednesday, August 31

Community Reading Of Classic Novels: Don Quixote | SF Main Library
Wednesday, August 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Community Reading Of Classic Novels: Don Quixote | SF Main Library
The Kresge International Center and the Mission and Excelsior Branches of the San Francisco Public Library present a community reading in Spanish of the classic novel Don Quixote de la Mancha. Co-presented with the Consulate General of Spain in San Francisco in commemoration of the 400th ...

Thursday, September 1

Book Readings From Favorite DIY Publications | SF Main Library
Thursday, September 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Public Library
Book Readings From Favorite DIY Publications | SF Main Library
Join San Francisco Zine Fest at their yearly zine and comics reading. Zine Fest is thrilled to bring you the voices behind some of your favorite DIY publications. Readers will include SFZF 2016 Guest of Honor Ajuan Mance, Karl Dotter, Meggie Ramm, Larry-bob Roberts, Queer Anxiety ...

Free Zine and Comics Reading | 2016 SF Zine Fest
Thursday, September 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Free Zine and Comics Reading | 2016 SF Zine Fest

The San Francisco Zine Fest is a free, annual celebration of small-press publishing from zines and comics to art books and beyond. Over 200 small-press and DIY creators will be selling, trading, and otherwise sharing their work at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden ...

“Cooking Deer, Elk, Moose, Antelope & Antlered Things” Book Discussion | Omnivore Books
Thursday, September 1 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Buck, Buck, Moose is the first comprehensive, lushly photographed, full-color guide to working with and cooking all forms of venison, including deer, elk, moose, antelope and caribou. You’ll also get thorough instructions on how to butcher, age and store your venison, as well as how to ...
Poetry Thursdays at Readers Bookstore | Fort Mason
Thursday, September 1 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Readers Bookstore
Poetry Thursdays at Readers Bookstore | Fort Mason

Readers Bookstore at Fort Maston is the place to be to hear lots of great poetry every Thursday at 6:30 pm for free. Browse books and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to internationally acclaimed poets and artists such as Jonathan Richman, David Meltzer, Diane ...

“The Devil Wears Prada”: Literary Erotic Fanfiction & Open Bar | SF
Thursday, September 1 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*$10 in advance / $12 at the door. Open bar for 21+
| The Booksmith
Welcome, Shipsters, to San Francisco’s premier literary erotic fanfiction event. Six great writers destroy six notable characters from one great book on the first Thursday of every month at their home base, The Booksmith in San Francisco. Fics are blind-read by their Thespian-in-Residence, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, and you ...
“Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast” Book Discussion & Signing | Berkeley
Thursday, September 1 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Pegasus Books (Shattuck)
It’s nearly mushroom season, and this book will help you get started on identifying some fungal friends. Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast is a comprehensive and user-friendly field guide for identifying the many mushrooms of the northern California coast, from Monterey County to the Oregon ...

Friday, September 2

Ceremony: A Theatrical Healing Ritual | Oakland
Friday, September 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Regina's Door
Ceremony: A Theatrical Healing Ritual | Oakland
Ceremony is a theatrical fashion healing ritual utilizing poetry, music, dance, and costuming to highlight the life arc of Black and Brown women as they fight to access true destiny whilst residing in unjust life spaces. The heat of such a journey can render the ...
Fat Fury, Fat Love: Claiming Fat Space in Activist Communities | Berkeley
Friday, September 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Pegasus Books (Shattuck)
Fat Fury, Fat Love: Claiming Fat Space in Activist Communities | Berkeley
How do we navigate our anti-oppression spaces that actually marginalize us and our bodies? Often self-avowed anti-oppression spaces will never mention body size, or worse will be actively fatphobic, and fat people (particularly those who hold multiple oppressed identities and who are already constantly battling ...

Saturday, September 3

2016 SF Zine Fest Pre Party | Mission: Comics & Art
Saturday, September 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but do bring some money to buy comics
| Mission: Comics & Art
2016 SF Zine Fest Pre Party | Mission: Comics & Art

The San Francisco Zine Fest is a free, annual celebration of small-press publishing from zines and comics to art books and beyond. Over 200 small-press and DIY creators will be selling, trading, and otherwise sharing their work at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden ...

Sunday, September 4

2016 San Francisco Zine Fest | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, September 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | County Fair Building
2016 San Francisco Zine Fest | Golden Gate Park

The San Francisco Zine Fest is a free, annual celebration of small-press publishing from zines and comics to art books and beyond. Over 200 small-press and DIY creators will be selling, trading, and otherwise sharing their work at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden ...

Tuesday, September 6

1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Tuesday, September 6 – 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
Featured readers: Rosa Lane, Robert Coats, Brynn Saito, and Richard Loranger.

Wednesday, September 7

“Closer” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books On The Park
Wednesday, September 7 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Sarah Barmak discusses her new book, “Closer: Notes from the Frontier of the Female Orgasm.” About the book: Using a blend of reportage, interview and first-person reflection, journalist Sarah Barmak explores the cutting-edge science and grassroots cultural trends that are getting us closer to truth of women’s ...
“Author: The JT LeRoy Story” Book Discussion | SF
Wednesday, September 7 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
“Author: The JT LeRoy Story” Book Discussion | SF
The Booksmith presents JT LeRoy (Laura Albert) author of Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things in conversation with Grant Faulkner to celebrate the documentary “Author: The JT LeRoy Story” to be released on September 9, 2016 As fictional wunderkind JT Leroy, Laura Albert ...

Thursday, September 8

Tales From An Urban Jungle | The Presidio
Thursday, September 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Presidio Officers' Club
Tales From An Urban Jungle | The Presidio
In Presidio Dialogues, notable authors, artists, and conversation starters explore themes from ancient history to current events through interactive dialogues, stimulating talks, panels, performances, and films. Mark Bittner, author and human subject of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, presents a talk and reading from his ...
“Eat Your Drink” Book Discussion & Demo | Omnivore Books
Thursday, September 8 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Matthew Biancaniello, the former cocktail chef for the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s famous Library Bar, is creating cocktails the world has never tasted before. Going beyond the quotidian Whiskey Sour or Tom Collins, Biancaniello is mixing it up with imaginative drinks such as “The Heirloom Tomato Mojito”, ...
Poetry Thursdays at Readers Bookstore | Fort Mason
Thursday, September 8 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Readers Bookstore
Poetry Thursdays at Readers Bookstore | Fort Mason

Readers Bookstore at Fort Maston is the place to be to hear lots of great poetry every Thursday at 6:30 pm for free. Browse books and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to internationally acclaimed poets and artists such as Jonathan Richman, David Meltzer, Diane ...

“When Tiger Ruled the Sky” Book Release Party | SF
Thursday, September 8 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Folio Books
Join acclaimed local historian Bill Yenne for a book launch party and signing for When Tigers Ruled the Sky, a compelling look at the men who comprised the never-defeated, World War II fighter aircraft group, the Flying Tigers. Yenne is the author of more than three ...
“Knockout” Book Release Party & Local Writers Reading Night | SF
Thursday, September 8 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP is appreciated, not required.
| The Booksmith
The Booksmith presents John Jodzio, celebrating the release of Knockout with a night of readings from local writers Kate Folk, Dave Madden, author of If You Need Me I’ll Be Over There, and Kara Vernor, author of Because I Wanted to Write You a Pop ...

Saturday, September 10

Mushroom Season Book Talk And Author Signing | SoMa
Saturday, September 10 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Manylabs
Mushroom Season Book Talk And Author Signing | SoMa
Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast is a comprehensive and user-friendly field guide for identifying the many mushrooms of the northern California coast, from Monterey County to the Oregon border. It’s nearly mushroom season, and this book will help you get started on identifying some fungal friends. Author ...
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, September 10 – 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, September 12

Silent Book Club: Enjoy The Book without the Homework | Mountain View
Monday, September 12 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Silent Book Club: Enjoy The Book without the Homework | Mountain View
Often with traditional book clubs there’s the scramble to finish the assigned book, and the pressure to have something smart to say. Wouldn’t it be great to have a book club where you could just enjoy books, friends, and snack without any homework? Join Mountain View ...
Perfectly Queer: LGBTQ Reading Series | SF
Monday, September 12 – 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.

“Women In Science” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books On The Park
Monday, September 12 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Rachel Ignotofsky discusses her new book, Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World. A charmingly illustrated and educational book, “Women in Science “highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to ...

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.
“Ghosts” Book Launch Party | SF
Tuesday, September 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15 | St. Anne of the Sunset
Please join them as they celebrate the release of Raina Telgemeier’s latest book Ghosts. Purchase of ticket includes paperback book (hardcovers and various other titles will be sold separately), and there is ample free parking available. About Ghosts: Eleven-year-old Catrina and her family are moving to the small coastal town ...
Pride Radar Reading Series | SF Main Library
Tuesday, September 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Pride Radar Reading Series | SF Main Library
The Radar Reading Series features the best in underground and emerging authors. This month they host Anna Pulley, Mira Gonzalez, Amber Flame and Fin Lee. This event is hosted by Juliana Delgado Lopera.
“Be Frank with Me” Book Discussion | Oakland
Tuesday, September 13 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Diesel, A Bookstore
Reclusive literary legend M. M. Mimi Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years, but after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she’s flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and ...
“The Revolutionaries” Discussion & Theatrical Performance | Green Apple Books on the Park
Tuesday, September 13 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Mauro Javier Cardenas discusses his debut novel, The Revolutionaries Try Again, with Zyzzyva magazine’s Oscar Villalon. Featuring a performance by the Word for Word Theatrical Company.  

Wednesday, September 14

“Play It Forward: From Gymboree to Yoga” Book Discussion | SF
Wednesday, September 14 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Books Inc. (Laurel Village)
Joan Barnes discusses her fascinating memoir, Play It Forward: From Gymboree to the Yoga Mat and Beyond. Forty years ago, Joan Barnes founded a play center in a church basement with $3,000. The company eventually became a global billion-dollar brand. Published to coincide with Gymboree’s 40th ...