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Friday, February 24

Comic Arts Fest 2017: Online Comic Making | SSF
Friday, February 24 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
Comic Arts Fest 2017: Online Comic Making | SSF

During the whole month of February, there will be an extravaganza of author visits, workshops, and comics-related programs. The goal is to enable aspiring artists and readers of all ages and to celebrate the importance of comics both as an art form and as valid ...

“Three Masquerades” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books on the Park
Friday, February 24 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Daniel Handler discusses Three Masquerades, a collection of novellas by Rachel Ingalls. Daniel Handler assembled this collection for Pharos Editions, a press that is dedicated to bringing to light out-of-print, lost or rare books of distinction.

Sunday, February 26

“I’ll Sell You a Dog” Book Discussion | Green Apple Books on the Park
Sunday, February 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Mexican writer Juan Pablo Villalobos dicusses his new novel, I’ll Sell You a Dog, with Mauro Javier Cardenas. A delicious take-down of pretensions to cultural posterity, “I’ll Sell You a Dog” is a comic novel whose absurd inventions, scurrilous antics and oddball characters are vintage Villalobos.

Monday, February 27

Silent Book Club: Book Lovers’ Monthly Reading | San Jose
Monday, February 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 ...

Tuesday, February 28

Poetry Tuesdays at the Library | North Beach
Tuesday, February 28 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | North Beach Public Library
Poetry Tuesdays at the Library | North Beach

Join in every Tuesday evening in the historic literary epicenter of San Francisco to hear poets from near and far read their work. Tuesdays at North Beach is a highly-respected weekly poetry series celebrating internationally acclaimed poets and showcasing local talent. Past guests have included ...

“Refinery Town” Book Discussion | Oakland
Tuesday, February 28 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland Public Library (Piedmont)
Join Steve Early for a discussion of his book Refinery Town, which is the story of Richmond, California and how 15 years of civic activism improved public safety, raised Richmond’s minimum wage, challenged home foreclosures and evictions and demanded fair taxation of Big Oil and ...
Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, February 28 – 7:00 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 ...

Win Tix: PoemJazz: Spoken Word and Live Jazz | JCCSF
Tuesday, February 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: WIN | JCCSF Jewish Community Center
Robert Pinsky, arguably America’s greatest living poet and the only one in history to serve three terms as U.S. Poet Laureate, brings his verse to life in PoemJazz, an innovative dialogue between poetry and music with Grammy-winning jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood. > Get Tickets – $28 Elegant ...
“The Book of Etta” Book Talk & Signing | SF
Tuesday, February 28 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Booksmith
Meg Elison’s Philip K. Dick Award-winning debut The Book of the Unnamed Midwife tells the story of an unnamed woman who survives a plague that, in weeks, wipes out most women and children, leaving 10 male survivors for every woman. Donning male clothing and making ...

Wednesday, March 1

“Direct Action” Book Discussion | City Lights
Wednesday, March 1 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
What happened to the American left after the Sixties? This engrossing account traces the evolution of disruptive protest over the last 40 years to tell a larger story about the reshaping of American radicalism, showing how the direct-action blockades, occupations, and campaigns of recent activist ...

Thursday, March 2

“Last Day on Earth” Book Talk | SF
Thursday, March 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Eric Puchner talks about his new collection of short stories Last Day on Earth, with Tom Barbash. A boy on the edge of adolescence fears his mother might be a robot; a psychotically depressed woman is entrusted with taking her niece and nephew trick-or-treating; a reluctant ...

Tuesday, March 7

Sister Spit 2017: Edgy Literary Performance Night | SoMa
Tuesday, March 7 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*Sliding scale tickets of $10-20.
| The Stud Bar
Sister Spit 2017: Edgy Literary Performance Night | SoMa
The Sister Spit 2017 tour features featuring established writers with young, emerging queer and queer-influenced artists of all genders on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Ticket is $10. Sliding scale tickets will be available at the door. In 2017 Sister Spit celebrates its 20th anniversary. For over a decade, ...
1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Tuesday, March 7 – 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.

“Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life” Book Celebration | City Lights
Tuesday, March 7 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
In her first nonfiction book, award-winning novelist Yiyun Li explores a question we ask ourselves: How does one make life livable? Startlingly original and shining with quiet wisdom, this is a luminous account of a life lived with books. Written over two years while the author ...

Thursday, March 9

Women Bike Book Club | Oakland
Thursday, March 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Rockridge Branch Library
Women Bike Book Club | Oakland

In partnership with Bike East Bay, the Oakland Public Library is co-hosting the Women Bike Book Club in 2017. Bike East Bay’s Women Bike program enters its second year of bringing women and gender nonconforming folks together in social settings to share experiences and resources ...

Friday, March 10

“Blitzed: Drugs In The Third Reich” Book Discussion | SF
Friday, March 10 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
The Nazi regime preached an ideology of physical, mental, and moral purity. But as Norman Ohler reveals in this gripping new history, the Third Reich was saturated with drugs. . Drugs seeped all the way up to the Nazi high command and, especially, to Hitler himself. ...

Saturday, March 11

SF Public Library’s $1 Book & Media Sale | Mission Dist.
Saturday, March 11 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free to look around and you get a book 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 ...

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, March 11 – 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 ...

Sunday, March 12

Mission District “Calle 24” Latino Art Stroll & Mural Tour | SF
Sunday, March 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE | 24th Street (Mission)
Mission District

Calle 24 hosts an all-day Paseo Artistico / Art Stroll, a joint effort between several noted Calle 24 arts organizations, Paseo Artistico will bring music, poetry, book readings film and cultural tours to the 24th Street corridor every second Sunday. “Calle 24” spans 14 city blocks, the section ...

Monday, March 13

Perfectly Queer: LGBTQ Reading Series | SF
Monday, March 13 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Dog Eared Books (Castro)
Perfectly Queer: LGBTQ Reading Series | SF

Perfectly Queer is a monthly LGBTQ reading series in San Francisco, CA. This event takes place on the 2nd Monday of each month, from 7 to 8 pm, featuring one to three queer authors. Refreshments are served, and books are available for purchase and signing. Authors and books ...

Tuesday, March 14

“The Inkblot” Book Discussion | City Lights
Tuesday, March 14 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
The captivating untold story of Hermann Rorschach and his famous inkblot test, which has shaped the view of human personality and become a fixture in popular culture In 1917, working alone in a remote Swiss asylum, psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach devised an experiment to probe the human mind. ...

Wednesday, March 15

“All the News I Need” Book Talk & Signing | SF
Wednesday, March 15 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is appreciated.
| The Booksmith
The Booksmith is excited to host the San Francisco launch party for Joan Frank’s fourth novel and winner of the Juniper Prize for Fiction, All The News I Need. Joan will be in conversation with Peg Alford Pursell. Frances Ferguson is a lonely, sharp-tongued widow who ...

Thursday, March 16

“Temporary People” Book Reading | City Lights
Thursday, March 16 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
In the United Arab Emirates, foreign nationals constitute over 80% of the population. Brought in to construct the towering monuments to wealth that bristle the skylines of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, this labor force works without the rights of citizenship, endures miserable living conditions, and ...

Monday, March 20

“The New Old Me” Book Talk & Signing | SF
Monday, March 20 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is appreciated.
| The Booksmith
After the death of her best friend, the loss of her life’s savings, and the collapse of her once-happy marriage, Meredith Maran—whom Anne Lamott calls “insightful, funny, and human”—leaves her San Francisco freelance writer’s life for a 9-to-5 job in Los Angeles. Determined to rebuild ...

Tuesday, March 21

“Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic” Book Discussion & Signing | Oakland
Tuesday, March 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Diesel, A Bookstore
Diesel welcomes Jason Turbow to the store to discuss and sign, “Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley’s Swingin A’s” on Tuesday. The Oakland A’s of the early 1970’s were the most transformative team in baseball history. Never before had an entire organization so collectively ...

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, ...
“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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

“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, ...