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Thursday, April 18

Rising Writer: The Boatbuilder Author In Conversation | SF
Thursday, April 18 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP
| Mechanics' Institute
Rising Writer: The Boatbuilder Author In Conversation | SF
The Rising Writers Series is a forum for the Bay Area’s emerging authors to discuss the cultural issues that matter to them. By presenting conversations between writers on the rise, their peers or mentors, we give authors a stage to celebrate their work and examine ...
Book Discussion on Hearing Digital Audio w/ Damon Krukowski | City Lights Books
Thursday, April 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Book Discussion on Hearing Digital Audio w/ Damon Krukowski | City Lights Books
A writer-musician examines how the switch from analog to digital audio is changing our perceptions of time, space, love, money, and power. Our voices carry farther than ever before, thanks to digital media. But how are they being heard? In this book, Damon Krukowski examines how ...

Friday, April 19

Photo Book Launch & Art Show: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence | SF
Friday, April 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Spark Arts
Photo Book Launch & Art Show: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence | SF

Looking to have more fun than one should have on a Friday night? Head out to Spark Arts in the Castro, on Friday April 19th, starting at 7 p.m. for an evening of conversation, cocktails, photo exhibit and book launch party, with local author Heather ...

Saturday, April 20

Photo Book Launch & Art Show: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence | SF
Saturday, April 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Spark Arts
Photo Book Launch & Art Show: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence | SF

Looking to have more fun than one should have on a Friday night? Head out to Spark Arts in the Castro, on Friday April 19th, starting at 7 p.m. for an evening of conversation, cocktails, photo exhibit and book launch party, with local author Heather ...

Free Author Talk on Neapolitan Culture & Cuisine | Omnivore Books
Free Author Talk on Neapolitan Culture & Cuisine | Omnivore Books
In this tantalizing tour of the culture and cuisine of Napoli, Marlena Spieler reveals the tastes, sights, and sounds of the city and surrounding area (including its islands) in gorgeous detail. Using her own experiences and conversations with others, both tourists and residents alike, she ...

Sunday, April 21

Photo Book Launch & Art Show: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence | SF
Sunday, April 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Spark Arts
Photo Book Launch & Art Show: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence | SF

Looking to have more fun than one should have on a Friday night? Head out to Spark Arts in the Castro, on Friday April 19th, starting at 7 p.m. for an evening of conversation, cocktails, photo exhibit and book launch party, with local author Heather ...

Darius James’ Seminal Novel “Negrophobia: An Urban Parable” | City Lights Books
Sunday, April 21 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Darius James' Seminal Novel "Negrophobia: An Urban Parable" | City Lights Books
Darius James’s scabrous, unapologetically raunchy, truly hilarious, and deeply scary Negrophobia is a wild-eyed reckoning with the mutating insanity of American racism. A screenplay for the mind, a performance on the page, a work of poetry, a mad mix of genres and styles, a novel ...

Monday, April 22

Silent Book Club: Book Lovers’ Monthly Reading | San Jose
Monday, April 22 – 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 ...Monthly

Free Author Talk on One-Pan Meals | Omnivore Books
Free Author Talk on One-Pan Meals | Omnivore Books
Even if you love to cook, the last thing you want to do at the end of a long day is wash a sink full of pots and pans. Hero Dinners gives you the superpower to make delicious, well-balanced meals using fresh, wholesome ingredients—all in ...

Tuesday, April 23

Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, April 23 – 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 7:30 pm ...

Wednesday, April 24

Forum’s National Poetry Month Celebration | SF
Wednesday, April 24 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
Forum's National Poetry Month Celebration | SF
Forum Magazine celebrates National Poetry Month by featuring student authors and inviting the public to share their own writings. Established in 1937, Forum is a student-run literary journal that serves the City College of San Francisco community. Dedicated to providing a platform for contemporary, urban voices, ...
Genealogy Poem Reading: Mitochondrial Night | City Lights Books
Wednesday, April 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Genealogy Poem Reading: Mitochondrial Night | City Lights Books
Poems that trace paths through time, genealogy, and geography, locating the generational legacy of history. Taking mitochondrial DNA as his guide, Ed Bok Lee explores familial and national legacies, and their persistence across shifting boundaries and the erosions of time. In these poems, the trait of ...

Thursday, April 25

National Poetry Month w/ Tongo Eisen-Martin | SF
Thursday, April 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
National Poetry Month w/ Tongo Eisen-Martin | SF
On Thursday, April 25 the Main Library celebrates National Poetry Month with a program led by the astonishing virtuosic poet Tongo Eisen-Martin. Come hear Eisen-Martin read along with other poets who are committed to the social transformation of an insanely oppressive society. This is one ...
National Poetry Month: Poetry Reading w/ Cedar Sigo | SF
Thursday, April 25 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | SF Public Library(West Portal Branch)
National Poetry Month: Poetry Reading w/ Cedar Sigo | SF

April is National Poetry Month and the San Francisco Public Library has scheduled abundant programs to entice the entire community. From readings by world-renowned poets to films about national poets laureate, from poems in your pocket to blackout poetry crafts, the Library has something for ...

Free Author Talk on Vegetarian Comfort Food | Omnivore Books
Free Author Talk on Vegetarian Comfort Food | Omnivore Books
Dreaming up flavorful yet nutritious meals, night after night, is one of the greatest challenges in home cooking. The secret to success is developing a repertoire of family classics–simple, adaptable, and nourishing recipes that you will want to cook time and time again. In Family, Hetty ...

Friday, April 26

Free Author Talk w/ Marissa McClellan | Omnivore Books
Free Author Talk w/ Marissa McClellan | Omnivore Books
Marisa McClellan wants everyone to know that a pantry full of homemade jams, jellies, salsas, and pickles can do a whole lot more than accompany toast. They can add bold bursts of flavor to your home cooking! In her fourth book, she provides 140 recipes ...

Saturday, April 27

Independent Book Store Day 2019
Saturday, April 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Independent Book Store Day 2019

Independent Bookstore Day will take place at more than 400 bookstores nationwide. For one day, and one day only, limited, unique books and art pieces will be available in more than 400 independent stores across the country. Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and ...

2019 Indie Bookstore Day: Limited Edition Books & Free Treats | East Bay
Saturday, April 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Pegasus Books (Solano)
2019 Indie Bookstore Day: Limited Edition Books & Free Treats | East Bay
Pegasus Books celebrates Indie Bookstore Day with exclusive content on sale created specifically for independent bookstores. In addition there’ll be giveaways, prizes, and fun activities. Limited edition books and art created exclusively for IBD Spin the wheel and win a prize with purchase of a book Win a ...
6th Annual Independent Bookstore Day | The Booksmith
Saturday, April 27 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, with RSVP greatly appreciated but not required.
| The Booksmith
6th Annual Independent Bookstore Day | The Booksmith
Booksmith & The Bindery are excited to participate in the sixth annual Independent Bookstore Day. Featuring custom swag, an IBD raffle for free books, sneak-peek advance editions, and a Booksmith tote, and sign-ups for our Book Club Rewards program for discounts on the day of and ...
10th International Children’s Festival | San Jose
Saturday, April 27 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Discovery Meadow
10th International Children's Festival | San Jose
Discover the world from San Jose. International Children’s Festival unites world cultures in the Bay Area through food, fun, and dance. Join and explore a variety of cultures from your neighborhood. Pony Rides, petting zoo, cultural dances of more than 20 different countries, ethnic foods, and ...
2019 Indie Bookstore Day: Facepainting & Drag Queen Story Hour | SF
Saturday, April 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
2019 Indie Bookstore Day: Facepainting & Drag Queen Story Hour | SF
On Saturday, celebrate Independent Bookstore Day from 10 am to 10 pm. Featuring, indie-exclusive books and merch, there will also have: 10 am-noon Facepainting from bookseller Casey 11 am Drag Queen Story Hour with Lady Valentine Noon TARTINE will be joining us for an in-store bakery pop-up! Delicious (While ...
2019 Queer Comics Expo: Dress Up, Artists Meet Up & Talk | SF
2019 Queer Comics Expo: Dress Up, Artists Meet Up & Talk | SF

Rainbows will follow rainstorms at the Queer Comics Expo on April 27-28 from 11 am to 5 pm each day at the Cartoon Art Museum’s new home in Fisherman’s Wharf at 781 Beach Street. The expo encourages attendees to dress up, draw, meet artists, mingle, ...

National Poetry Month w/ Poet Rozalie Hirs | SF
Saturday, April 27 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
National Poetry Month w/ Poet Rozalie Hirs | SF
Join for a poetry reading and lecture on creativity by the acclaimed Netherlands-based poet and composer Rozalie Hirs. Her poems and musical compositions are lyrical and innovative, and in both art forms she explores the adventure of listening, reading, and imagining.
Free Author Talk on Handcrafted Cocktails | Omnivore Books
Free Author Talk on Handcrafted Cocktails | Omnivore Books
Celebrated Los Angeles bartender Christiaan Röllich approaches a drink the way a master chef approaches a dish: he draws on high-quality seasonal ingredients to create cocktails for every occasion. In Bar Chef, Röllich shares 100 original recipes for drinks that are as beautiful as they are ...

Sunday, April 28

2019 Queer Comics Expo: Dress Up, Artists Meet Up & Talk | SF
2019 Queer Comics Expo: Dress Up, Artists Meet Up & Talk | SF

Rainbows will follow rainstorms at the Queer Comics Expo on April 27-28 from 11 am to 5 pm each day at the Cartoon Art Museum’s new home in Fisherman’s Wharf at 781 Beach Street. The expo encourages attendees to dress up, draw, meet artists, mingle, ...

2019 Día de Los Libros: Free Books, Music & Family Fun | Mission Dist.
Sunday, April 28 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Parque Ninos Unidos
2019 Día de Los Libros: Free Books, Music & Family Fun | 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 29

“Dia De Los Ninos” Book Reading, Maracas Making & Conchas | South SF
Monday, April 29 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Grand Avenue Library
"Dia De Los Ninos" Book Reading, Maracas Making & Conchas | South SF
Stories, songs, and action rhymes for children of all ages and parents or caregivers, followed by a simple craft. For this special storytime, all participants will be provided a book to read along. Afterwards, you will make papel picados and maracas. You will be served conchas for ...

Tuesday, April 30

National Poetry Month: An Evening of South Asian-American Poetry | SF
Tuesday, April 30 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
National Poetry Month: An Evening of South Asian-American Poetry | SF

April is National Poetry Month and the San Francisco Public Library has scheduled abundant programs to entice the entire community. From readings by world-renowned poets to films about national poets laureate, from poems in your pocket to blackout poetry crafts, the Library has something for ...

Wednesday, May 1

The Setup’s “A Funny Thing Happened” Storytelling Night | Beer Basement
The Setup's "A Funny Thing Happened" Storytelling Night | Beer Basement

The First Wednesday of every Month, The Setup presents“A Funny Thing Happened”, a night of world class storytelling. You’ll be joining bestselling authors, Emmy-Award winning writers, TED speakers, stars of The Moth Radio hour, Snap Judgment and accomplished comedic voices in an intimate setting right ...Monthly

Thursday, May 2

Miriam Toews Author Talk: Women Talking | Green Apple Books
Thursday, May 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Miriam Toews Author Talk: Women Talking | Green Apple Books
Miriam Toews discusses her new novel, Women Talking. About Women Talking One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting. For the past two years, each of these women, and more than a hundred other girls in their colony, has been ...