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Sunday, April 19

2015 Día de Los Libros: Music, Poetry & Family Dance Party | Mission Dist.
Sunday, April 19 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Parque Ninos Unidos
2015 Día de Los Libros: Music, Poetry & Family Dance Party | Mission Dist.

San Francisco’s Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros: A Celebration of Children & Books is rooted in a longtime Latin American tradition of celebrating children.
San Francisco’s first Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros was held in 1999 with the goal of …

Monday, April 20

The Lit Slam: Page Meets Stage Poetry | SF
Monday, April 20 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*$8 when you mention FuncheapSF at the door; otherwise, it's $10
| The Shelton Theatre
The Lit Slam: Page Meets Stage Poetry | SF

The Lit Slam is a monthly, live performance-based poetry anthology that tries to find the best art at the intersection of page and stage, mixing local and national touring poets. Every third Monday, it’s a poetry competition with a twist. Editors are chosen at random from the audience before ...

Tuesday, April 21

Beat Poetry & Jazz Tuesday Nights | Top of the Mark
Beat Poetry & Jazz Tuesday Nights | Top of the Mark

In celebration of the birth of the Beat Generation in San Francisco, and in honor of the 60th anniversary of poet Allen Ginsberg first public reading of his poem “Howl,” the InterContinental Mark Hopkins has partnered with the Beat Museum to bring legendary poets to riff ...

Wednesday, April 22

A Night of Cheese & Wine with Cheesemonger Louella Hill | The Booksmith
A Night of Cheese & Wine with Cheesemonger Louella Hill | The Booksmith

Your pickles are fermented, your sourdough is rising, and your beer is brewed, so what’s the next DIY challenge–cheese!
Louella Hill, SF Milk Maid and cheesemonger extraordinaire, has turned her workshop know-how into an comprehensive new cookbook Kitchen Creamery: Making Yogurt, Butter, and Cheese at Home. …

Tuesday, April 28

Beat Poetry & Jazz Tuesday Nights | Top of the Mark
Beat Poetry & Jazz Tuesday Nights | Top of the Mark

In celebration of the birth of the Beat Generation in San Francisco, and in honor of the 60th anniversary of poet Allen Ginsberg first public reading of his poem “Howl,” the InterContinental Mark Hopkins has partnered with the Beat Museum to bring legendary poets to riff ...

Trailblazing African-American Journalist Novel “Jam on the Vine” | The Booksmith
Tuesday, April 28 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
Trailblazing African-American Journalist Novel

LaShonda Katrice Barnett’s novel JAM ON THE VINE chronicles the life of a trailblazing African American female journalist Ivoe Williams.
Inspired by the real life of Ida B. Wells, the novel follows Williams from a poor, segregated quarter of Texas, to prestigious Willetson College in Austin, …

Wednesday, April 29

2015 Poems Under The Dome | SF City Hall
Wednesday, April 29 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
2015 Poems Under The Dome | SF City Hall

The 10th Annual Poems Under the Dome invites you to celebrate National Poetry Month at San Francisco’s largest open mic poetry event inside City Hall from 5:30-8 pm on Thursday, April 29, 2015.
San Francisco’s Poet Laureate, Alejandro Murguía, will read the first poem, then local poets will …

Saturday, May 2

An Epic “California Bookstore Day” Mad Tea Party | The Booksmith
Saturday, May 2 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
An Epic

To celebrate the second annual California Indie Bookstore Day, we’re transforming the whole store into a Mad Tea Party. Incredible art by Sean Chiki, activities, an impossible number of guests (see below), a symphony orchestra, elephant rides, 863,652 different tea cups, and Lewis Carroll Himself. …

Monday, May 4

A Queer Punk Peter Pan “Lost Boi” | The Booksmith
Monday, May 4 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
A Queer Punk Peter Pan

Sassafras Lowrey presents Lost Boi, the queer punk reimagining of the Peter Pan story. Pan is the fearless leader of a band of orphaned, abandoned, and runaway Lost Bois. Hook is still king of the pirates, but nothing has prepared the bois for the newly-corrupted …

Wednesday, May 6

1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Wednesday, May 6 – 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 ...

Bestselling Author Event: Ann Packer’s “The Children’s Crusade” | The Booksmith
Wednesday, May 6 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
Bestselling Author Event: Ann Packer's

Bestselling and beloved author Ann Packer presents The Children’s Crusade. This long-awaited novel follows the Blair family for five decades, from the idealistic beginnings of the young couple Bill and Penny Blair, through the birth of their four children, to the deep dissatisfaction that Penny …

Thursday, May 7

“The Price of the Ticket” Bleak Noir Novel Set in SF | City Lights

In this bleak noir novel set in San Francisco, this master of hardboiled fiction Jim Nisbet (Prelude to a Scream) etches the lives of two wretched misfits in acid prose  – including one who makes high-class torture racks in downtown SF, and returns to City Lights …

Shipwreck: Six Writers Destroy Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” | The Booksmith
Shipwreck: Six Writers Destroy Louisa May Alcott's

San Francisco’s premier literary erotic fanfiction event.
Six Great Writers destroy six notable characters from one Great Book on the first Thursday of every month at the Booksmith. Fics are blind-read by our Thespian-in-Residence, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, and the best ship is chosen before the writers are …

Saturday, May 9

$1 Book Sale | Mission Dist.
Saturday, May 9 – 10:00 am | Cost: $1*
*$1 for books & media. Free entrance.
| SF Library Treat Ave. Donation Center
$1 Book Sale | Mission Dist.

The San Francisco Public Library hosts $1 book sales at the Treat Avenue Donation Center every second Saturday of the month. All books are just $1 or less each and all proceeds benefit the San Francisco Public Library.

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

Tuesday, May 12

“A Shadow over Palestine” with UC Berkeley’s Keith P. Feldman | City Lights
Tuesday, May 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books

Keith P. Feldman is assistant professor of comparative ethnic studies and a core faculty member in the Program in Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. Join him as he discusses his new book, A Shadow over Palestine: The Imperial Life of Race in …

“The Miracle Girl” Author Event | The Booksmith
Tuesday, May 12 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE

Andrew Roe’s debut THE MIRACLE GIRL is the story of eight-year-old Anabelle, who is in coma-like state after a car accident that destroys her family. Then one day a family friend experiences a miracle while visiting Anabelle, word quickly spreads, and people start arriving from …

Wednesday, May 13

Joyland: A Hub For Short Fiction | City Lights
Wednesday, May 13 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Joyland: A Hub For Short Fiction | City Lights

Emily Schultz Schultz is the co-founder of the literary website Joyland: A Hub For Short Fiction. She is the author of the short story collection Black Coffee Night and the novels Heaven Is Small and Joyland. If you enjoy her books, join her as she …

Rise of the Robots: Tech & a Jobless Future | The Booksmith
Wednesday, May 13 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
Rise of the Robots: Tech & a Jobless Future | The Booksmith

RISE OF THE ROBOTS: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future is the newest book by artificial intelligence entrepreneur Martin Ford. In it, Ford predicts a stark vision of the future of automation and explains how any job considered “predictable” may someday be replaced …

Thursday, May 14

A Creepy Cartoon Cinderella | The Booksmith
Thursday, May 14 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
A Creepy Cartoon Cinderella | The Booksmith

Tired of Disney’s Cinderella yet? Artist Camille Rose Garcia presents CINDERELLA, OR THE LITTLE GLASS SLIPPER an awesome and original spin on the classic story. Garcia’s dark yet whimsical style has earned her resounding praise and a cult following worldwide. Each page of this new …

Monday, May 18

The Lit Slam: Page Meets Stage Poetry | SF
Monday, May 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*$8 when you mention FuncheapSF at the door; otherwise, it's $10
| The Shelton Theatre
The Lit Slam: Page Meets Stage Poetry | SF

The Lit Slam is a monthly, live performance-based poetry anthology that tries to find the best art at the intersection of page and stage, mixing local and national touring poets. Every third Monday, it’s a poetry competition with a twist. Editors are chosen at random from the audience before ...

Wednesday, May 20

A Rare Appearance by Performance Artist “Peaches” | City Lights
Wednesday, May 20 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
A Rare Appearance by Performance Artist

Enjoy a rare appearance of the musician, singer, performance artist, Peaches.
Join her for a night as she celebrates the release of her new book, What Else Is in The Teaches of Peaches?  which presents a mesmerizing collection of Holger Talinski’s evocative and sometimes erotic photos …

John Waters’ “Carsick” Author Event | Green Apple Books
Wednesday, May 20 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Most events at Green Apple are free, so we expect this one to be as well.
| Green Apple Books on the Park
John Waters'

Legendary and lovable pervert/filmmaker John Waters visits Green Apple Books on 9th Ave. to  read from “Carsick,” his account of hitchhiking across America. Typically all events at Green Apple Books are free and we don’t see any price listed here. But we do recommend you …

Wednesday, June 3

1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Wednesday, June 3 – 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 ...

Thursday, June 4

Shipwreck: Six Writers Destroy “Jurassic Park” | The Booksmith
Shipwreck: Six Writers Destroy

Welcome, Shipsters, to San Francisco’s premier literary erotic fanfiction event.
Six Great Writers destroy six notable characters from one Great Book on the first Thursday of every month at our home base, the Booksmith in San Francisco. This month it’s Jurassic Park.
Fics are blind-read by our …