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Thursday, September 7

“Sourdough” Book Launch | Green Apple Books
Thursday, September 7 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Robin Sloan (bestselling author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore) celebrates the release of his new novel, Sourdough. Leavened by the same infectious intelligence that made Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore such a sensation, while taking on even more satisfying challenges, Sourdough marks the triumphant return ...

Saturday, September 9

SF Public Library’s $1 Book & Media Sale | Mission Dist.
Saturday, September 9 – 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 ...

Green Apple Books 50th Anniversary Celebration | SF
Saturday, September 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books and Music
Green Apple Books 50th Anniversary Celebration | SF

Green Apple Books celebrates 50th Anniversary. Free apples, accordion music, prizes and surprises, including appearances by local authors, will be part of the two-day celebration of 50 years of book-selling at Green Apple Books’ flagship Clement Street store on Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and ...

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

Sunday, September 10

Mission District “Calle 24” Latino Art Stroll & Mural Tour | SF
Sunday, September 10 – 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 ...

Green Apple Books 50th Anniversary Celebration | SF
Sunday, September 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books and Music
Green Apple Books 50th Anniversary Celebration | SF

Green Apple Books celebrates 50th Anniversary. Free apples, accordion music, prizes and surprises, including appearances by local authors, will be part of the two-day celebration of 50 years of book-selling at Green Apple Books’ flagship Clement Street store on Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and ...

Tuesday, September 12

Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, September 12 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
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.
The History of San Francisco’s Ferry Building: Book Launch | SF
Tuesday, September 12 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Book Passage (SF)
The History of San Francisco's Ferry Building: Book Launch | SF
Come and attend the launch event for a new book in Arcadia series, by Anne Hitz (author of Emporium Dept. Store): San Francisco’s Ferry Building.
“Safe” Book Reading | City Lights
Tuesday, September 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Join Ryan Gattis as he reads from his gritty, fast-paced thriller, Safe, that hurtles readers toward a shocking conclusion that asks the toughest question of all: how far would you go to protect the ones you love? Ricky ‘Ghost’ Mendoza, Jr. is trying to be good. ...
“Rabbit Stories” Book Reading | Green Apple Books
Tuesday, September 12 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck reads from her latest collection, Rabbit Stories. Kim Shuck is a poet, weaver, educator doer of piles of laundry, planter of seeds, traveler and child wrangler. She was born in her mother’s hometown of San Francisco, one hill away from ...

Wednesday, September 13

“Do You Have a Band?: Poetry & Punk Rock” Book Discussion | City Lights
Wednesday, September 13 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
During the late 1960s, throughout the 1970s, and into the 1980s, New York City poets and musicians played together, published each other, and inspired one another to create groundbreaking art. In “Do You Have a Band?”, Daniel Kane reads deeply across poetry and punk music ...

Saturday, September 16

22nd Annual Anarchist Book Fair | Oakland
Saturday, September 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Oakland Metro Opera House
22nd Annual Anarchist Book Fair | Oakland

Anarchists, socialists, card-carrying members of the ACLU, radicals and assorted ne’erdowells will descend on the Oakland Omni Commons for the 22nd Annual Anarchist Book Fair. The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair is one of the largest annual radical gatherings in the world with thousands of ...

Monday, September 18

Volunteer at SF’s 2017 Big Book Sale | Get Free Books
Monday, September 18 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center
Volunteer at SF's 2017 Big Book Sale | Get Free Books

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 ...

Tuesday, September 19

“Letters To Memory” Book Release | City Lights
Tuesday, September 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Join Karen Yamashita as she dives into the Yamashita family archive and Japanese internment runs a documentary impulse through filters that shimmer with imagination. Letters to Memory is an excursion through the Japanese internment using archival materials from the Yamashita family as well as a series ...

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 ...

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 ...

“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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Tuesday, September 26

“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 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

“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 ...

Saturday, September 30

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.

Friday, October 6

Litquake 2017 | Oct. 6-14
Friday, October 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco
Litquake 2017 | Oct. 6-14

San Francisco’s legendary annual Litquake festival features hundreds of authors, poets and journalists in a myriad of separate events throughout the Bay Area. It’s all meant to foster interest in literature for people of all ages, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant forum for Bay Area ...

Sunday, October 8

Mission District “Calle 24” Latino Art Stroll & Mural Tour | SF
Sunday, October 8 – 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 ...

Tuesday, October 10

Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, October 10 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
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.

Saturday, October 14

SF Public Library’s $1 Book & Media Sale | Mission Dist.
Saturday, October 14 – 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 ...