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September 2016

Círculo de lectoras y lectores de literatura en español: La Novela de mi vida de Leonardo Padura

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Las reuniones tienen lugar en la librería a las 7 pm. Las y los participantes reciben el 10% de descuento en la compra de los libros para el grupo. Los libros están para la venta sobre la mesita en la sección de los libros en español. ¡Participa en una amena charla sobre las grandes novelas publicadas en español!

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Chapbook Launch: Inner River by Tanya Holtland with special guests Jennifer S. Cheng and Maxwell Shanley

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Seattle-based poet Tanya Holtland and featured poets Jennifer S. Cheng (House A, forthcoming from Omnidawn) and Maxwell Shanley (There Are Trees I See My Death In, forthcoming from Drop Leaf Press) to celebrate the release of Holtland’s chapbook, Inner River, available now from Drop Leaf Press.

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October 2016

Marcia Gallo: No One Helped–Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy

October 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

In the prize-winning book “No One Helped”: Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy (Cornell University Press),scholar and activist Marcia M. Gallo explores the 1964 Kitty Genovese crime, the silences surrounding the victim, including her lesbian relationships, and its legacies. She argues that a young woman’s senseless death in Queens, New York became a story of apathy at the very moment when New York — and the nation — was alive with debates, demonstrations, and political engagement; it was anything but apathetic. Instead, the trope of disinterested bystanders at the heart of the Genovese story obscures the mobilizations for racial justice, women’s liberation, and LGBTQ rights taking place then and since. More than fifty years later, the story continues to circulate in popular culture and still functions as a cautionary tale despite its inaccuracies. Gallo challenges the myth of urban apathy that it created.

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Modern Comedy: Hosted by Nato Green, Allison Mick and Natasha Muse and featuring Irene Tu, Gabrielle Poccia, and Joel Spears

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

NATO GREEN was summed up more or less accurately by The East Bay Express as, “erudite and acerbic, a San Francisco-raised father, union organizer, gastronome, bibliophile, and political sparkplug.” His first comedy album, The Nato Green Party, was released by Rooftop Comedy in 2012. Nato has been named San Francisco’s Best Comedian by the SF Weekly, Huffington Post, SFist, and CBS. Nato is the creator of Iron Comic, the Iron Chef-spoofing comedy game show he sometimes co-hosts with Moshe Kasher. Nato has a regular column in the San Francisco Examiner, and his humor commentaries have appeared in VICE, Truthdig, Huffington Post, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Rumpus, and The Bold Italic. He also hosts FSFSF, a short spotlight on Bay Area comedy that airs every weekday during NPR’s All Things Considered on 91.7FM KALW. Nato wrote for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX.

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Gears Turning Poetry Series: Hosted by Kim Shuck and featuring Dan Brady, Susan Cohen, and Dan Raphael with music by Ed Dang

October 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dan Brady has been featured in the Poet’s Eleven Series and S.F. Peace and Hope’s anthology. He has ties with the Bay Area Poet’s Coalition and the Haiku Poets of Northern California. He’s led workshops and hosts the Wednesday series at Sacred Grounds ”Good food and fine poetry since 1972.” His books are Orphan City, (i)n((s(i)gh)t) to;(r(io)t) and Haiku: Infolded Meaning.

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Jacobin Reading Group

October 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Don’t study collective action alone.

Jacobin reading groups bring leftists together to engage with socialist ideas in a lively, open, and non-doctrinaire environment. You won’t have to pay dues or conduct secret rituals, but the groups are valuable intellectual and social spaces that cut across organizational boundaries.

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$5-10

Mission Bookstores: United We Stand

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Make Out Room,
3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94121 United States

A words-and-music celebration hosted by the independent bookstore coalition working to preserve and serve the longstanding community and creative interests of the historic Latino Cultural District. Adobe Books, Alley Cat Books, Dog Eared Books, and Modern Times Bookstore Collective join to honor the authors, poets, musicians, and activists who make their culturally diverse spaces hum. Hosted by Denise Sullivan and Kate Rosenberger. Music by Preston Swirnoff and special guest. Scheduled to appear: Ian Brennan, MK Chavez, Freddy Gutierrez, Victor Krummenacher, Alejandro Murguía, Natasha Muse, Po Poets, Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl, David Talbot, and Katie Tomzynski. $5-10 sliding scale

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Lise Pearlman: American Justice on Trial/People v. Newton

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Comments on Lise Pearlman’s new book:

“Lise Pearlman’s account of the tinderbox setting enveloping the trial of Huey Newton perfectly captures how much can be at stake for an entire community — even a nation — in a single trial and the exceptional role played by twelve everyday men and women we trust to decide each case. For those, like myself, who recall this case from our youth, Lise has done a wonderful job in both capturing a movement and its historical context. But anyone interested in history, courtroom drama or criminal justice should read this gripping account of an all too often forgotten chapter of the 20th Century.”
-Barry Scheck, Professor of Law,
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law,
Co-Director, The Innocence Project

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Annah Anti-Palindrome: DNA Hymn

October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DNA Hymn is a phenomenal work of embrace and exorcism. Using lyrical tricks and linguistic intuition, Annah Anti-Palindrome has mapped a world of survival, finding deep beauty everywhere. A serious literary triumph.” — Michelle Tea (Valencia)

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Alan Wieder: Studs Terkel–Politics, Culture, But Mostly Conversation

October 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Studs Terkel was an American icon who had no use for America’s cult of celebrity. He was a leftist who valued human beings over political dogma. In scores of books and thousands of radio and television broadcasts, Studs paid attention—and respect—to “ordinary” human beings of all classes and colors, as they talked about their lives as workers, dreamers, survivors. Alan Wieder’s Studs Terkel: Politics, Culture, But Mostly Conversation (Monthly Review Press) is the first comprehensive book about this man.

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