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Wednesday, September 20

2017 Big Book Sale at Fort Mason | Opening Day
Wednesday, September 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission. Everything is $3 or less. On Sunday, everything is $1
| Fort Mason Center
2017 Big Book Sale at Fort Mason | Opening Day

The Big Book Sale celebrates its 53rd 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 ...

“The One You Get” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books
Wednesday, September 20 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books and Music
Please join Green Apple Books on Clement street Wednesday September 20th at 7:00pm as they welcome Jason Tougaw in discussion about his memoir: “The One You Get.” In The One You Get: Portrait of a Family Organism, Jason Tougaw marries neuroscience and family lore to tell ...

SF’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive in 45 Minutes: Visual Tour | Daly City
Wednesday, September 20 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Doelger Cafe
SF's 49 Mile Scenic Drive in 45 Minutes: Visual Tour | Daly City
You’ve seen the seagull signs, but have you driven the route? Or walked it? Do you know Daly City’s connection to SF’s famous 49 Mile Scenic Drive? Come meet the authors of SF’s hot new guidebook and find out. This lively presentation is filled with visuals, ...
“Sing, Unburied, Sing” Book Talk & Signing | SF
Wednesday, September 20 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free and an RSVP is appreciated but not required.
| The Booksmith
Booksmith is thrilled to have Jesmyn Ward in the store for her latest novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing and they’d like you to join them. Carrying the torch of Faulkner and As I Lay Dying, Sing, Unburied, Sing tells the emotional journey taken by Leonie, a single mother ...

Thursday, September 21

2017 Big Book Sale at Fort Mason | Thursday
Thursday, September 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission. Everything is $3 or less. On Sunday, everything is $1
| Fort Mason Center
2017 Big Book Sale at Fort Mason | Thursday

The Big Book Sale celebrates its 53rd 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 ...

“Living Abroad in Costa Rica” Book Talk | SF Main Library
Thursday, September 21 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
Erin Van Rheenen, author of Living Abroad in Costa Rica, introduces you to the “Switzerland of Central America,” discussing her own experiences, showing slides, giving travel advice and touching on expat topics such as immigration, buying property, and medical care. Although the focus of this ...
“Live Cinema and Its Techniques” Book Signing & Reception | City Lights
Thursday, September 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
From one of the masters of twentieth-century cinema, learn an indispensable and entertaining guide to a visionary new form of moviemaking that can be appreciated by the avid film buff and general movie lover alike. Keenly aware that advancements in digital tools have literally revolutionised every ...
International Peace Day Community Poetry Reading | Corte Madera
Thursday, September 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Corte Madera Library
International Peace Day Community Poetry Reading | Corte Madera
Join Rebecca Foust, Marin Poet Laureate, for a Community Poetry. There will be a reading on the topic of peace. Bring a poem to read, yours or another’s.
“Altered Barbie” Art Show: Poetry Night | Mission
Thursday, September 21 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are accepted.
| Back to the Picture

The annual Altered Barbie Exhibition is a creative re-use art show where people transform these icons into not-so-everyday art reflecting our current society. This quirky art show is back after a two year absence. The 2017 theme is Super Heroine & Hero so that the artistic people of San ...

“Swallowing Mercury” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books
Thursday, September 21 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Polish writer Wioletta Greg discusses her new novel from Transit Books, Swallowing Mercury. About Swallowing Mercury: In this celebrated debut from prize-winning poet Wioletta Greg, Wiola looks back on her youth in a close-knit, agricultural community in 1980s Poland. Her memories are precise, intense, distinctive, sensual: a ...
“The Twelve Mile Straight” Book Talk & Signing | SF
Thursday, September 21 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free and an RSVP is appreciated but not required.
| The Booksmith
Join them at the Booksmith as they welcome Eleanor Henderson for the debut of her forthcoming novel The Twelve-Mile Straight. Set in Georgia during the years of the Depression and prohibition, The Twelve-Mile Straight is an American epic about race, inequality, and family that reads like ...

Friday, September 22

2017 Big Book Sale at Fort Mason | Friday
Friday, September 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission. Everything is $3 or less. On Sunday, everything is $1
| Fort Mason Center
2017 Big Book Sale at Fort Mason | Friday

The Big Book Sale celebrates its 53rd 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 ...

“Last Girl Standing” Memoir | Green Apple Books
Friday, September 22 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Cartoonist and comics historian Trina Robbins discusses her new memoir, Last Girl Standing. About Last Girl Standing: Born on the cusp of WWII in 1938, at a time when other little girls dreamed of being nurses and secretaries, Trina Robbins’s ambition was to be a bohemian; and ...

Saturday, September 23

2017 Big Book Sale at Fort Mason | Saturday
Saturday, September 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission. Everything is $3 or less. On Sunday, everything is $1
| Fort Mason Center
2017 Big Book Sale at Fort Mason | Saturday

The Big Book Sale celebrates its 53rd 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 ...

Win Tix: 2017 Peace Maker Celebration | Marines Memorial Theatre
Saturday, September 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*$29-40 Multi-Ticket, Senior, Student, Military, Disabled discount tickets available
| Marines' Memorial Theatre
Internationally-acclaimed psychologist Dr. Edith Eger—one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors—tells her unforgettable story in this moving testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of choice in our lives, at this annual WISeR Peace Maker Celebration. Tonight, Eger shares her experience at Auschwitz in ...

Sunday, September 24

$1 Book Day: The 2017 Big Book Sale | Fort Mason
Sunday, September 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*On Sunday, everything is $1
| Fort Mason Center
$1 Book Day: The 2017 Big Book Sale | Fort Mason

The Big Book Sale celebrates its 53rd 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 ...

Monday, September 25

Silent Book Club: Book Lovers’ Monthly Reading | San Jose
Monday, September 25 – 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 ...

“Montpelier Parade” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books
Monday, September 25 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Karl Geary discusses his new novel, Montpelier Parade. About Montpelier Parade: Montpelier Parade is just across town, but to Sonny it might as well be a different world. Working with his father in the garden of one of its handsome homes one Saturday, he sees a back ...

Tuesday, September 26

21st Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture with Gary Soto | SF Main Library
Tuesday, September 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| San Francisco Main Public Library
21st Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture with Gary Soto | SF Main Library
Join Bay Area author Gary Soto, special guest lecturer for the San Francisco Public Library Main Children’s Center’s 21st Anniversary Effie Lee Morris Lecture on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 6 pm. Mr. Soto’s lecture is entitled “Too Much of a Good Thing: The Many ...
“The Far Away Brothers” Book Talk & Reading | Green Apple Books
Tuesday, September 26 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 826 Valencia
Join Lauren Markham in conversation about her new book, The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life.
“Why Poetry” Book Release | City Lights
Tuesday, September 26 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Join poet Matthew Zapruderas he discusses his book, an impassioned call for a return to reading poetry and an incisive argument for poetry’s accessibility to all readers. In Why Poetry, award-winning poet Matthew Zapruder takes on what it is that poetry—and poetry alone—can do. Zapruder argues ...
Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, September 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, September 27

“The Dinner Plan” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Wednesday, September 27 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Between juggling work, family activities, mismatched schedules, and often bare refrigerators, there are all sorts of situations that make weeknight cooking a universally challenging—and frustrating—experience. The Dinner Plan offers five meal strategies—Make-Ahead, Staggered, One-Dish, Extra-Fast, and Pantry—that will help get dinner on the table no ...
“The Age of Perpetual Light” Book Reading | City Lights
Wednesday, September 27 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Join Josh Weil as he discusses his book, a dazzling new work that spans a century and eight tales of light, human progress, and the search for a better life. Following his debut Dayton Literary Peace Prize-winning novel, The Great Glass Sea, Josh Weil brings together ...

Thursday, September 28

“Hippie Food” Book Talk | SF Main Library
Thursday, September 28 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
Published by William Morrow, Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat, is a narrative history—an entertaining fusion of Tom Wolfe and Michael Pollan—that traces the colorful origins of once unconventional foods and the diverse fringe movements, charismatic gurus, and counterculture ...
“Crash Override” Book Discussion | City Lights
Thursday, September 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
You’ve heard the stories about the dark side of the internet–hackers, #gamergate, anonymous mobs attacking an unlucky victim, and revenge porn–but they remain just that: stories. Surely these things would never happen to you. Zoe Quinn used to feel the same way. She is a video ...

Friday, September 29

Charif Shanahan & Airea Matthews Poetry Reading | SF
Friday, September 29 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Charif Shanahan & Airea Matthews Poetry Reading | SF
Charif Shanahan and Airea D. Matthews read from their latest poetry collections.  

Saturday, September 30

100 Thousand Poets for Change | Oakland
Saturday, September 30 – 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 30, 2017 poets, musicians and artists around the world will be organizing poetry ...
100 Thousand Poets For Change Poetry Readings | SF
Saturday, September 30 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Alley Cat Books
100 Thousand Poets For Change Poetry Readings | SF
100 Thousand Poets for Changes comes to Alley Cat Books with a full lineup of poets including Edward Foster, Daphne Gottlieb, Julie Lythcott-Haims, Melissa Ramos and more.

Sunday, October 1

“The Doubles” Book Release | City Lights
Sunday, October 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Part memoir-through-film, part inquiry into the effect art has on our lives, Scott Esposito’s The Doubles is a passionate, exquisitely written examination of 14 films that have made him. Retelling one film per year, and covering 20 years of Esposito’s life from 1996 – 2016, The ...