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Sunday, July 24

Kiosk Fest 2016: Zine Reading, Workshop & Live Music | SF
Sunday, July 24 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Say you're from Funcheap, they'll give you an exclusive zine for free.
| Market St (Embarcadero to 5th St)
Kiosk Fest 2016: 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. The first festival of its kind, Kiosk Fest takes place around Market Street in San Francisco between 5th Street and the Embarcadero. Kiosk Fest 2016 July ...

2016 San Francisco Art Book Fair
Sunday, July 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Minnesota Street Project
2016 San Francisco Art Book Fair

The 2016 San Francisco Art Book Fair presents its inaugural festival of artists’ publications. This multi-day event is free and open to the public and will feature artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera and artists’ multiples. These works, ranging from five to ...

Monday, July 25

LaborFest 2016: “Take It From The Workers Who Built Everything” Book Discussion | SF
Monday, July 25 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Plumbers' Hall
LaborFest 2016:
The catastrophic San Francisco 1906 earthquake brought tens of thousands of unionized building trades workers to San Francisco to rebuild the city. These critically needed workers rebuilt the city in an amazing three years. The most important and historically significant documentary account of the rebuilding of ...

Tuesday, July 26

“Murder on the Quai” Book Discussion | SF
Tuesday, July 26 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Public Library
Join author Cara Black when she discusses her new book Murder on the Quai. It is November 1989: Aimée Leduc is in her first year of college at Paris’ preeminent medical school. But Aimeé’s world is crumbling: her boyfriend is leaving her, her father leaves for ...
Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, July 26 – 7:30 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, July 28

“Exile Bookswap” With Open Bart & Snacks | SF
Thursday, July 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*Tickets include an open bar for 21+.
| The Booksmith
Val Brelinski’s strange and wonderful debut, The Girl Who Slept with God, tells the story of Grace, 17, who returns from a service mission in Mexico believing that she has been impregnated by God. Her deeply Evangelical Christian family moves Grace and her younger sister to ...

Saturday, July 30

“Bounty from the Box: The CSA Box Cookbook ” Book Launch | Omnivore Books
Saturday, July 30 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
This is a comprehensive resource, whether you get your produce from a CSA box, farmers market, or grocery store. Arranged by season, Bounty from the Box contains over 350 delicious recipes–many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. Each crop features extensive information on nutrition, selection, storage, cleaning, ...
Boat Crash: Magic School For Wizard People | SF
Saturday, July 30 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
Boat Crash: Magic School For Wizard People | SF
Calling all Wizard People, they’re throwing a special almost-midnight edition of their popular Boat Crash event to celebrate the release of a new story. What new story? Never mind, that’s not important. This particular Boat Crash starts at 10pm on a Saturday night, and if you ...
Harry Party 8th Story Release Party | SF
Saturday, July 30 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books and Music
Harry Party 8th Story Release Party | SF
Join them on the evening of July 30th, to celebrate the return of Harry Potter in his 8th story. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts One and Two Special Rehearsal Edition Script (TM & ©HPTP. Harry Potter ™WB) goes on sale at midnight on ...

Sunday, July 31

Harry Potter Kids Brunch | SF
Sunday, July 31 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
Harry Potter Kids Brunch | SF
Ready or not, The Eight Story is coming. Join them to celebrate. They’re opening at 9AM—one hour early— for a family-friendly morning celebration. Pick up your copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I & II from our Flourish and Blotts Bookseller stand. Answer ...

Tuesday, August 2

1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Tuesday, August 2 – 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.

“How I Became A North Korean” Book Discussion | SF
Tuesday, August 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
Krys Lee presents How I Became a North Korean, a debut novel that follows the lives of three characters as they struggle to survive in the complex and dangerous Chinese territory bordering North Korea. In order to escape their circumstances, Yongju, Jangmi and Danny cross ...

Wednesday, August 3

Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails & Rum Punch Tasting Party | Omnivore Books
Wednesday, August 3 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Smuggler's Cove: Exotic Cocktails & Rum Punch Tasting Party | Omnivore Books
Featuring more than 100 delicious recipes (original and historic), plus a groundbreaking new approach to understanding rum, Smuggler’s Cove is the magnum opus of the contemporary tiki renaissance. Whether you’re looking for a new favorite cocktail, tips on how to trick out your home tiki grotto, ...

Saturday, August 6

Rice Craft: Yummy, Healthy & Fun to Make | Omnivore Books
Saturday, August 6 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Rice Craft: Yummy, Healthy & Fun to Make | Omnivore Books
This book features more than 30 recipes for flavorful onigiri with a range of fillings as well as master recipes for cooking rice, plus extras to round out the meal: a miso soup to float the rice balls in, perfect soft eggs to wrap in ...

Sunday, August 7

“Dandelion and Quince” Book Discussion | SF
Sunday, August 7 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Discover new ingredients and open up a fresh culinary adventure in your kitchen. From mustard and kumquats to nettles, fava leaves, sunchokes and more, the blossoms, berries, leaves, and roots featured in Dandelion & Quince are simple foods that satisfy our need for a diversity of ...

Monday, August 8

Perfectly Queer: LGBTQ Reading Series | SF
Monday, August 8 – 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.

Tuesday, August 9

Poetry Readings On Your Lunch Break | Yerba Buena Gardens
Tuesday, August 9 – 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.
“How To Party With An Infant” Book Discussion | SF
Tuesday, August 9 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
New York Times bestselling author Kaui Hart Hemmings returns with her new novel How to Party with an Infant. In this hilarious and charming story set in San Francisco, food blogger and single mom, Mele Bart finds herself involved in her ex-boyfriend’s wedding when he ...

Wednesday, August 10

“The Hike” Book Discussion | SF
Wednesday, August 10 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
Drew Magary presents The Hike, a wild, thrilling fantasy saga that chronicles one man’s epic life-or-death quest to return to his family after getting lost on a wooded path that leads him into an alternate, dreamlike world full of man-eating giants, garish demons, and colossal ...

Thursday, August 11

“Carousel Court” Book Discussion | SF
Thursday, August 11 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
Joe McGinniss Jr. presents Carousel Court, a novel about Nick and Phoebe Maguire, a couple who has recently moved from Boston to Los Angeles in search of a fresh start for themselves and their infant son. Both naïve in their actions and victims of the recent ...

Saturday, August 13

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, August 13 – 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 ...

Thursday, August 18

Shakespeare’s 400th Year Legacy: Fast & Funny Word Race | SF Main Library
Thursday, August 18 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Shakespeare's 400th Year Legacy: Fast & Funny Word Race | SF Main Library
Join Artistic Director Rebecca J. Ennals and Resident Artists of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival for a fast and funny race through 400 of the very best words and phrases coined by Shakespeare. Whether you’re green-eyed with jealousy, feeling jaded, or just a little gloomy, this ...
Live StorySlam Show: True Drug Stories | Oakland
Thursday, August 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20
| Sweet Bar Bakery
Live StorySlam Show: True Drug Stories | Oakland

Storytellers compete for prizes in their annual drugs-themed StorySlam. Prizes awarded for best open-mic storyteller and best overall storyteller. Plus, there will be raffle prizes for audience members. The night will feature selected storytellers sharing their best “drugs” story. Put your name in the hat for ...

Tuesday, August 23

Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, August 23 – 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, August 24

“The Gentleman” Book Discussion | SF
Wednesday, August 24 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
A funny, fantastically entertaining debut novel, in the spirit of Wodehouse and Monty Python, about a famous poet who inadvertently sells his wife to the devil–then recruits a band of adventurers to rescue her. When Lionel Savage, a popular poet in Victorian London, learns from his ...

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

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.

Monday, September 12

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.

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.

Thursday, September 15

Live StorySlam Show: True Drug Stories | Oakland
Thursday, September 15 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20
| Sweet Bar Bakery
Live StorySlam Show: True Drug Stories | Oakland

Storytellers compete for prizes in their annual drugs-themed StorySlam. Prizes awarded for best open-mic storyteller and best overall storyteller. Plus, there will be raffle prizes for audience members. The night will feature selected storytellers sharing their best “drugs” story. Put your name in the hat for ...

Saturday, September 24

100 Thousand Poets For Change Poetry Readings | SF
Saturday, September 24 – 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 Aja Couchois Duncan, Edward Foster, Tonya Foster, Kit Schluter, Alicia Franco, Al Young and more to come.