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Sunday, August 20

“Deepa’s Secrets: Slow Carb New Indian Cuisine” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Sunday, August 20 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Join Omnivore books as they launch a new book. It is said to be part cookbook and memoir, Deepa’s Secrets introduces breakthrough slow carb and gut-healing recipes that are simple and nutrient-packed, without sacrificing its rich South Asian flavors. On a mission to demystify and make ...

Tuesday, August 22

Timothy McSweeney’s Grand 50th Issue Release: New Works & Free Beer | SF
Tuesday, August 22 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Green Apple Books on the Park
Timothy McSweeney's Grand 50th Issue Release: New Works & Free Beer | SF
Did you know their glorious 50th issue is due August 29th? That’s right, fifty. They’ve pulled all the stops for this one, including can’t-miss new work from writers who they’ve long published — Jonathan Lethem, Lydia Davis, Sherman Alexie, Etgar Keret, Sheila Heti, Diane Williams, ...

Wednesday, August 23

“Dispatches From Lesbian America” Book Reading | Oakland
Wednesday, August 23 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Nomadic Press
Perfectly Queer East Bay presents readings by Joan Annsfire, Xequina Maria Berber, Giovanna Capone, and Bev Jo from the anthology Dispatches From Lesbian America on Wednesday, August 23, 7 pm at the Nomadic Press. They will be offering free refreshments and door prizes. A discussion of ...

Thursday, August 24

Book Munchers: Kids Book Club | South SF
Thursday, August 24 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
Book Munchers: Kids Book Club | South SF
Stop by the library to register for the book club and to pick up your free copy of the book. Read the book throughout the month, then you’ll meet at the end of the month for discussion and activities. Book Munchers (for kids ages 5-8) will ...
“LGBT San Francisco” Daniel Nicoletta’s Photographs | SF Main Library
Thursday, August 24 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
LGBT: San Francisco is the first book dedicated to photographer Daniel Nicoletta’s archive of powerful images tracing the burgeoning lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender mecca that was San Francisco in the 1970s to its present. Best known for his iconic images of Harvey Milk, Nicoletta’s work offers a unique insider’s ...
“Power-Up: The Hidden Mathematics in Video Games” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books
Thursday, August 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books and Music
Please join Green Apple Books on Clement street Thursday, August 24th at 7:00 pm as we welcome Author Matthew Lane in a discussion about his book “Power-Up: Unlocking the Hidden Mathematics in Video Games.” Did you know that every time you pick up the controller to ...
“I’d Rather Be Reading” Book Release | Green Apple Books
Thursday, August 24 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
In celebration of its release, artists Courtney Cerruti, Gemma Corell, Ashley Despain, Marc Johns, Jane Mount, Nichole Robertson, Lisa Solomon, and Bridget Watson-Payne present their work from I’d Rather Be Reading, followed by a book signing with author Guinevere de la Mare Sponsored by Chronicle ...

Saturday, August 26

50th Anniversary Goethe Institut Open House: Poetry Slams & Beer Tastings | SF
Saturday, August 26 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Goethe-Institut San Francisco
50th Anniversary Goethe Institut Open House: Poetry Slams & Beer Tastings | SF
For 50 years, Goethe-Institut San Francisco has been celebrating German culture and language by organizing events in and around the Bay Area. On Saturday, August 26, the organization will commemorate the 50 year anniversary of being in San Francisco. An entire day filled with music, poetry ...
2017 Zine Picnic: Trade Zines & Meet Zinesters | SF
Saturday, August 26 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
2017 Zine Picnic: Trade Zines & Meet Zinesters | SF
Come hang out with the SF Zine Fest and meet other zine- and comics-makers at the third annual zine picnic. This is a great time to get to know other makers, meet the organizing team, and maybe even find out how you can volunteer to help ...
Drag Queen Story Hour Training for Queens of Color | SF Main Library
Saturday, August 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| San Francisco Main Public Library
Drag Queen Story Hour Training for Queens of Color | SF Main Library
Drag Queen Story Hour has been featured in the New York Times, the UK Guardian, and the New Yorker and there have been DQSHs in Hong Kong, Sydney, Alaska, and South Africa. Join them for this unique opportunity for drag queens of color to become ...

Monday, August 28

Silent Book Club: Book Lovers’ Monthly Reading | San Jose
Monday, August 28 – 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 ...

Wednesday, August 30

“The Cooking Gene” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Wednesday, August 30 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who “owns” it is one of the most provocative touch points in the ongoing struggles over race and appropriation. Join this book launch to find out how in this unique memoir, culinary historian ...
“My Absolute Darling” Book Release & Discussion | SF
Wednesday, August 30 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Come and join Gabriel Tallent as he discusses his new novel, My Absolute Darling. Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she ...

Thursday, August 31

“Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” Book Discussion | SF
Thursday, August 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 47 Hills Brewing Company
Meet them at 47 Hills Brewing Company to discuss Tom Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Tom Wolfe, a journalist already widely known for his exuberant portraiture of the American Bizarre, plunged into the psychedelic world of the Pranksters and emerged with The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, ...
“That Crazy Perfect Someday” Book Discussion | SF
Thursday, August 31 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Join Michael Mazza as he discusses his new novel, That Crazy Perfect Someday. The year is 2024. Climate change has altered the world’s wave patterns. Drones crisscross the sky, cars drive themselves, and surfing is a new Olympic sport. Mafuri Long, UCSD marine biology grad, champion ...

Friday, September 1

Kiosk Fest 2017 Kick-Off Party | SF
Friday, September 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Market St (Embarcadero to 5th St)
Kiosk Fest 2017 Kick-Off Party | SF

The Grand Newsstand, San Francisco’s zine stand, is hosting an open-air festival to celebrate zines, art, and printed media. Kiosk Fest takes place around Market Street in San Francisco between 5th Street and the Embarcadero. Kiosk Fest 2017 September 1-2, 2017 | 10 am to ...

Saturday, September 2

Kiosk Fest 2017: Zine Reading, Workshop & Live Music | SF
Saturday, September 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Market St (Embarcadero to 5th St)
Kiosk Fest 2017: 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. Kiosk Fest takes place around Market Street in San Francisco between 5th Street and the Embarcadero. Kiosk Fest 2017 September 1-2, 2017 | 10 am to ...

2017 Beast Crawl: 150 Authors, 36 Venues, 3 Hours | Oakland
Saturday, September 2 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Beer Garden
2017 Beast Crawl: 150 Authors, 36 Venues, 3 Hours | Oakland
Uptown Oakland’s Beast Crawl will hold its annual free literary festival featuring more than 200 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. Previous and current ...
2017 Beast Crawl After Parties | Oakland
Saturday, September 2 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring some cash for food and drinks.
| Legionnaire Saloon
2017 Beast Crawl After Parties | Oakland
Come mingle with over 200 writers, curators, and organizers from all of the Beast Crawl venues for the 2017 Beast Crawl After Party hosted at two venues, The Telegraph, (food, drinks, family-friendly venue) and Legionnaire Saloon (drinks, dancing, 21+), from 9 pm to midnight. Beast Crawl is Uptown Oakland’s literary ...

Tuesday, September 5

“Why Poetry” Book Discussion | SF
Tuesday, September 5 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Join Matthew Zapruder as he discusses his new book, Why Poetry, with Natalie Baszile. An impassioned call for a return to reading poetry and an incisive argument for poetry’s accessibility to all readers, by critically acclaimed poet Matthew Zapruder. In Why Poetry, award-winning poet Matthew Zapruder ...

Wednesday, September 6

“Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse” Book Reading & Discussion | City Lights
Wednesday, September 6 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Join John Nichols as he discuss his book that is an essential examination of the the dirty dealers and defenders of the indefensible who are “making America great again” Donald Trump has assembled a rogue’s gallery of white nationalists, alt-right hatemongers, voter-suppression schemers, immigrant bashers, and ...

Thursday, September 7

“Life in Code” Book Reading & Discussion | City Lights
Thursday, September 7 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
The last twenty years have brought the rise of the internet, the development of artificial intelligence, the ubiquity of once unimaginably powerful computers, and the thorough transformation of the economy and society. Through it all, Ellen Ullman lived and worked inside that rising culture of ...

Saturday, September 9

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

Green Apple Books 50th Anniversary Celebration | SF
Saturday, September 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books and Music
Green Apple Books 50th Anniversary Celebration | SF

Green Apple Books celebrates 50th Anniversary. Free apples, accordion music, prizes and surprises, including appearances by local authors, will be part of the two-day celebration of 50 years of book-selling at Green Apple Books’ flagship Clement Street store on Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and ...

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, September 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, September 10

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

Green Apple Books 50th Anniversary Celebration | SF
Sunday, September 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books and Music
Green Apple Books 50th Anniversary Celebration | SF

Green Apple Books celebrates 50th Anniversary. Free apples, accordion music, prizes and surprises, including appearances by local authors, will be part of the two-day celebration of 50 years of book-selling at Green Apple Books’ flagship Clement Street store on Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and ...

Tuesday, September 12

Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, September 12 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
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.
“Safe” Book Reading | City Lights
Tuesday, September 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Join Ryan Gattis as he reads from his gritty, fast-paced thriller, Safe, that hurtles readers toward a shocking conclusion that asks the toughest question of all: how far would you go to protect the ones you love? Ricky ‘Ghost’ Mendoza, Jr. is trying to be good. ...

Wednesday, September 13

“Do You Have a Band?: Poetry & Punk Rock” Book Discussion | City Lights
Wednesday, September 13 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
During the late 1960s, throughout the 1970s, and into the 1980s, New York City poets and musicians played together, published each other, and inspired one another to create groundbreaking art. In “Do You Have a Band?”, Daniel Kane reads deeply across poetry and punk music ...