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Wednesday, March 22

“The Idiot” Book Release | City Lights
Wednesday, March 22 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, ...
Double Vision: Immigrant Writers Reading & Panel Discussion | Word Week 2017
Wednesday, March 22 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Noe Valley Branch Library
Double Vision: Immigrant Writers Reading & Panel Discussion | Word Week 2017
How do immigrant writers navigate multiple cultural and geographical perspectives? In this reading and panel discussion, Kirstin Chen, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Andrew Lam, and Juliana Delgado Lopera will share how they encapsulate two—or more—sometimes radically different cultural identities in their work and the complications and ...

“All Grown Up” Book Talk & Signing | SF
Wednesday, March 22 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is appreciated.
| The Booksmith
“I’m alone. I’m a drinker. I’m a former artist. I’m a shrieker in bed. I’m the captain of the sinking ship that is my flesh.” Andrea Bern is a whip-smart woman in NYC “who is doing what she wants with her life, right or wrong, and ...

Thursday, March 23

Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library
Thursday, March 23 – 5:45 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library
This month, their featured readers are: Marisa Crawford is the author of the poetry collections Reversible (2017) and The Haunted House (2010) from Switchback Books, as well as two chapbooks. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto – As an artist of mixed Pakistani and Lebanese descent and having grown up ...
“A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees” Book Reading & Discussion | Green Apple Books & Music
Thursday, March 23 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books and Music
Please join Green Apple Books on Clement street Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00pm as they welcome Author Kendra Tanacea, reading from and discussing her book of poetry “A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees.” A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees explores life’s strains and joys and the ...
Summer of Love Party & Book Reading | Word Week 2017
Thursday, March 23 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cliche Noe Gifts + Home
Summer of Love Party & Book Reading | Word Week 2017
50 years ago, young men and women put flowers in their hair and headed to San Francisco for the Summer of Love. San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury (Arcadia Press) by local author Katherine Powell Cohen, Ph.D., chronicles this and other events in the history of San Francisco’s ...
“Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute” Book Discussion | SF
Thursday, March 23 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Join Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus as they discuss the book Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute.

Friday, March 24

“The World to Come” A Collection of Short Stories | City Lights
Friday, March 24 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
These ten stories ring with voices belonging to–among others–English Arctic explorers in one of history’s most nightmarish expeditions, a young contemporary American negotiating the shockingly underreported hazards of our crude-oil trains, eighteenth-century French balloonists inventing manned flight, and two mid-nineteenth-century housewives trying to forge a ...
Night of the Graphic Novelists & Free Refreshments | Word Week 2017
Friday, March 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Folio Books
Night of the Graphic Novelists & Free Refreshments | Word Week 2017
For all you graphic novel fans, Noe Valley Word Week and Folio Books are sponsoring an amazing panel of ultra-talented, nationally-famous graphic novelists. Imagine having Paige Braddock author-illustrator of the Stinky Cecil series, together with Beowolf series author-illustrator Alexis Fajardo and Judd Winick, author-illustrator of ...
“High Spirits: The Legacy Bars of San Francisco” Book Reading | Word Week 2017
Friday, March 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Peaks Bar
J. K. Dineen is the author of High Spirits: The Legacy Bars of San Francisco. The book leads readers on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood pub crawl in search of the city’s most remarkable nightspots. Atmospheric photographs accompany descriptions of each bar’s colorful history, unique architectural features, idiosyncratic ...

Saturday, March 25

Watercolor Poetry: Create Poems With Waterclor | South SF
Saturday, March 25 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Grand Ave. Branch Library
Watercolor Poetry: Create Poems With Waterclor | South SF
Create poems with watercolors. Using photocopied pages, you will be selecting keywords and painting around them, leaving a masterfully colored page and unique poem. Bring in your favorite books or find an interesting one in the library. Materials provided. This is a family program so parents ...
“The Natives Are Restless” Book Discussion | Corte Madera
Saturday, March 25 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Book Passage (Corte Madera)
After a dramatic display of dances in the courtyard, and a stirring traditional Hawaiian chant, Constance will be in conversation with Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakāne about the book. Come early and enjoy a soundtrack that veers from soft slack-key to digital drum beats. Munch on macadamia ...
3rd Noe Valley Authors Festival | Word Week 2017
Saturday, March 25 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Noe Valley Ministry
3rd Noe Valley Authors Festival | Word Week 2017
The third Noe Valley Authors Festival will be held Saturday, March 24, 2017 from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Noe Valley Ministry. The festival includes an author exhibit hall and book readings throughout the afternoon. All genres will be represented – novels, memoir, biography, ...
Trainspotting Day: Readings, Prizes & Drink Specials | Edinburgh Castle
Saturday, March 25 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Edinburgh Castle Pub
Trainspotting Day: Readings, Prizes & Drink Specials | Edinburgh Castle
Trainspotting 2 is in cinemas on March 17. Two decades on from the original film release, the original cast returns, directed by Danny Boyle. In 1996, Edinburgh Castle Pub in San Francisco was the venue for the US Premiere of the stage play version of Trainspotting, ...

Sunday, March 26

Story Time Crawl Along 24th St. | Word Week 2017
Sunday, March 26 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 24th Street Noe Valley San Francisco
Story Time Crawl Along 24th St. | Word Week 2017
Ready for an adventure? Then, join the Story Time Crawl for a treasure hunt through downtown Noe Valley. Start by picking up your secret treasure map at any of the Story Time locations, follow the map to various themed story times, and collect a sticker ...
The Life & Works of Stuart Timmons | SF Main Library
Sunday, March 26 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
The Life & Works of Stuart Timmons | SF Main Library
Celebrate the life and work of renowned journalist, activist, historian, Radical Faery, and award-winning author The Trouble with Harry Hay: Founder of the Modern Gay Movement and co-author of Gay L.A.: A Histor of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians with readings and remembrances.

Monday, March 27

Silent Book Club: Book Lovers’ Monthly Reading | San Jose
Monday, March 27 – 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 ...

Marionette Play: Cinderella | South SF
Monday, March 27 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South SF Main Library
Marionette Play: Cinderella | South SF
Join them for a magical fairy tale storytime. Jan Dymond will be performing the classic story of Cinderella. After being inspired by the magic of marionettes, you will create your own simple animal puppets.
“The World to Come” Book Talk & Signing | SF
Monday, March 27 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is requested.
| The Booksmith
“Without a doubt the most ambitious story writer in America,” (The Daily Beast), Jim Shepard delivers a new collection. The World to Come spans borders and centuries, with voices belonging to — among others — English Arctic explorers in one of history’s most nightmarish expeditions, ...

Tuesday, March 28

“Big Mushy Happy Lump” Book Talk & Signing | SF
Tuesday, March 28 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
Sarah Andersen’s hugely popular, world-famous Sarah’s Scribbles comics are for those of us who boast bookstore-ready bodies and Netflix-ready hair, who are always down for all-night reading-in-bed parties and extremely exclusive after-hour one-person music festivals.  
Two Poets Reads Recent Work | SF
Tuesday, March 28 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Green Arcade
Two Poets Reads Recent Work | SF
Steve Dickison is joined by New York poet Vincent Katz for this reading of their recent work. Dickison and Katz have worked together on several projects and share a passion for the histories of San Francisco and Bay Area poetry, the Black Mountain College poets, ...
Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, March 28 – 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 ...

Thursday, March 30

“The Painted Gun” Book Release | City Lights
Thursday, March 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
A washed-up ex-journalist looking for a missing girl in San Francisco is framed by a Guatemalan hit man for a series of murders. It’s 1997 at the dawn of the digital age in San Francisco. Ex-journalist and struggling alcoholic David “Itchy” Crane’s fledgling “information consultancy” business ...

Sunday, April 2

2017 Hat Party & Beast Crawl Benefit | Oakland
Sunday, April 2 – 5:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 suggested donation.
| Telegraph Beer Garden
2017 Hat Party & Beast Crawl Benefit | Oakland
Beast Crawl is Oakland’s answer to Litquake, and they’re hosting their annual benefit April Hat Party at Telegraph Beer Garden on April 2, 2017. Wear your most amazing hat – bowler, princess, fez, sailor, sexy-30’s-feather, baseball, cowboy, pork pie, witch, church lady, viking, ten gallon, beer can, Beach ...

Tuesday, April 4

1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Tuesday, April 4 – 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

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 Tuesday of the month. The series features author readings, editor talks, book giveaways and fun themes on many month. Admission is free.

Wednesday, April 5

National Poetry Month Local Poets Showcase | SF Main Library
Wednesday, April 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Public Library
National Poetry Month Local Poets Showcase | SF Main Library
In honor of National Poetry Month, local poet and activist Tony Robles will be hosting a showcase featuring Bay Area poets Jacqueline Scott Ramos, Delina Patrice Brooks, Kim Shuck, and Cesar Love. Jacqueline Scott Ramos is a revolutionary poetess and actress, educator, youth-development practitioner, and urban ...

Thursday, April 6

“Tending the Fire” Book Release | City Lights
Thursday, April 6 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Christopher Felver’s Tending the Fire celebrates the poets and writers who represent the wide range of Native American voices in literature today. In these commanding portraits, Felver’s distinctive visual signature and unobtrusive presence capture each artist’s strength, integrity, and character. Accompanying each portrait is a ...

Saturday, April 8

SF Public Library’s $1 Book & Media Sale | Mission Dist.
Saturday, April 8 – 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 ...

“Where is My Daddy” Book Reading & Discussion | Green Apple Books & Music
Saturday, April 8 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books and Music
Please join Green Apple Books on Clement street Saturday, April 8th at 4:00pm as they welcome Author Alexandria Romero and Artist Amy Stewart as they read from and discuss their children’s book “Where is My Daddy?” Where Is My Daddy?” is the story of a little girl’s ...
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, April 8 – 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 ...