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Tuesday, September 1

Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library
Tuesday, September 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library
9/1 features: Nomy Lamm Nomy Lamm (nomylamm.com) is a writer, musician, voice teacher and new filmmaker living in San Francisco. She performs with Sins Invalid (sinsinvalid.org), a performance project by and for queers and people of color with disabilities, creating work around disability and sexuality. Her short ...

Wednesday, September 2

“Barbara Gittings – Gay Pioneer” Book Discussion | SF
Wednesday, September 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Tracy Baim, author of this new book, will be at the library to discuss and sign copies. The work of Barbara Gittings in the LGBT movement spanned from the late 1950s until her death in 2007. Her partner in life, Kay Lahusen, photographed many of ...

1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Wednesday, September 2 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Featured readers: Rebecca Foust, Jon Sindell, David Shaddock, Deborah Dashow Ruth. On guitar: Hao Tran. Curated by Leila Rae.

Tuesday, September 8

TODCO Poets | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, September 8 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
TODCO Poets | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Proving that creativity is ageless, the TODCO Poets wax eloquent on romance, friendships, family, politics, and aging. Under the direction of Nancy Deutsch, the Poets bring wit and wisdom to their original works of poetry.

Saturday, September 12

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, September 12 – 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, September 23

Ben Hedin & Radio Silence Magazine | City Lights
Wednesday, September 23 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*None
| City Lights Books
Ben Hedin & Radio Silence Magazine | City Lights
“In March of 1965, Martin Luther King led thousands in an epic march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital in Montgomery, in what is often seen as the culminating moment of the Civil Rights movement. The Voting Rights Act was signed into law that ...

Saturday, September 26

20th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival | Berkeley
Saturday, September 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley)
20th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival | Berkeley
“Stand up for the Earth” at the 20th annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival at Berkeley’s Civic Center Park. 2015 Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival Saturday, September 26, 2015 Civic Center Park (MLK Jr. Way at Center Street, Berkeley) FREE 2015 details have yet to be announced, but expect a full day of ...
100 Thousand Poets For Change | SF
Saturday, September 26 – 7:30 pm | | Secret Location (SF)
100 Thousand Poets For Change | SF

At the Bay Area Poetry Marathon, poets from across the U.S. and the Bay Area celebrate innovative poetry in a series of readings throughout the summer. Co-founded and curated by poet Donna de la Perrière, the Marathon began in Boston in 2001 and has taken ...

Wednesday, October 7

1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Wednesday, October 7 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
1st Wednesday 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 Wednesday of the month. The series features author readings, editor talks, book giveaways and fun themes on many month. Admission is ...

Saturday, October 10

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

Tuesday, October 13

Litquake: Outdoor Poetry & Music | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, October 13 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jessie Square
Litquake: Outdoor Poetry & Music | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
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, October 17

Lit Crawl 2015: 101 Events, 3 Hours & 100s of Authors | Mission District
Lit Crawl 2015: 101 Events, 3 Hours & 100s of Authors | Mission District
The 11th annual Lit Crawl will span over three hours in the Mission District’s Valencia Street corridor, featuring an astonishing 101 literary readings and events, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comedy and more, in bookstores, bars, galleries, restaurants, stores, cafés, community spaces, a bookmobile, a vibrator ...

Sunday, October 18

Author Talk: Bob Suren for “Crate Digger” | San Jose
Sunday, October 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Streetlight Records (San Jose)
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Florida Hardcore legend Bob Suren speaks about his life in punk rock and his new book “Crate Digger: An Obsession with Punk Records.” Suren will be hitting the West Coast with his memoir Crate Digger: An Obsession with Punk Records. In his discussion, Suren will be reading ...

Monday, November 2

“Censorship Now” Book Reading | SF
Monday, November 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
In this outrageous and hilarious new essay collection, underground music icon Ian F. Svenonius tackles such diverse subjects as IKEA, Apple, the weather, the gentrification of punk by indie rock, Marion Barry, the film “Heathers,” Christian pornography, vampires, hoarding, the role of sugar in empire-building, ...

Wednesday, November 4

” How To Watch A Movie” Book Discussion | SF
Wednesday, November 4 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
From one of the most admired critics of our time, brilliant insights into the act of watching movies and an enlightening discussion about how to derive more from any film experience. Since first publishing his landmark Biographical Dictionary of Film in 1975 (recently released in its ...

Tuesday, November 10

“The Box Wine Sailors” Book Reading | SF
Tuesday, November 10 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Amy and Jimmie were not sailors. Their experience included reading a few books, watching a couple of instructional videos, and sailing once a week for a year. They were land-lubberly, middle-class twentysomethings, audacious and in love. All they wanted was to be together and do ...

Tuesday, November 17

“The Dogist” Book Discussion | SF
Tuesday, November 17 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Elias Weiss Friedman, the photographer behind the insanely popular Instagram account The Dogist, will be here to talk about his book of the same name. Bring your dogs! We’ll be taking photographs and handing out treats!