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October 2021

Gabrielle Selz celebrating the launch of LIGHT ON FIRE: The Art and Life of Sam Francis

October 19 @ 6:00 pm
Free

As part of Litquake Festival 2021 Litquake in conjunction with City Lights and University of California Press present Gabrielle Selz in conversation with Patricia Albers celebrating the launch for Light on Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis  published by University of California Press This is a live event taking place at the Emblem Hotel, 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102 ( between Mason and Powell Streets) Due to San Francisco Health Department guidelines we request that attendees…

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Dodie Bellamy in conversation with Chris Kraus

October 20 @ 6:00 pm
Free

Dodie Bellamy is joined by Chris Kraus to celebrates her two new books from Semiotext(e)/Native Agents Bee Reaved A new collection of essays on disenfranchisement, vulgarity, American working class life, aesthetic values, and profound embarrassment. & The Letters of Mina Harker A long awaited reprint of Dodie Bellamy’s debut novel reviving a minor character from Bram Stoker’s Dracula and imagines her as an independent woman living in San Francisco during the 1980s. about Bee Reaved So. Much. Information. When does…

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John Lissauer Five Things I’ve Learned About Leonard Cohen: The Songwriter and the Secret Cord

October 21 @ 5:00 pm
$40

In conversation with Sylvie Simmons Presented in partnership with The Contemporary Jewish Museum Join acclaimed songwriter, producer, and arranger John Lissauer in this live 90-minute class and discover the five things he’s learned about the inspiration, writing, and recording of some of Leonard Cohen’s most unforgettable songs. Online Event Details Single ticket - $40.00

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Ben Rogers, The Mayfly

October 21 @ 5:00 pm
Sundance Bookstore, 121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509
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Join us Thursday, October 21 at 5pm PST on our YouTube channel for a virtual reading and conversation with Ben Rogers and his debut short story collection, The Mayfly! This event will be broadcast live and will stay online for repeated viewing. We're excited to welcome Ben to our virtual stage! The life of a mayfly can be harrowing or hilarious, but always short. So, too, the short story.  Fans of the genre will love the inventive specimens on display…

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Asali Solomon in conversation with Angela Flournoy

October 21 @ 6:00 pm
Free

Asali Solomon in conversation with Angela Flournoy celebrating the release of Asali Solomon’s new novel The Days of Afrekete published by Farrar Straus Giroux Liselle Belmont is having a dinner party. It seems a strange occasion—her husband, Winn, has lost his bid for the state legislature and they’re having the key supporters over to thank them for their work. Liselle was never sure about Winn becoming a politician, never sure about the limelight, about the life of fundraising and stump…

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October 22 - October 24
Valhalla Boathouse, #1 Valhalla Road Highway 89 (Emerald Bay Road)
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 United States
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WordWave returns to the Valhalla Boathouse this month and will feature the three winners of the annual one-act play writing competition. On October 22 and 23, the public can watch the three winning plays on the stage, than after the performance the play writers will be in attendance to answer questions about their plays and the process they use. Show time each night is 7:30 p.m. The three plays: Susan Boulanger is an award-winning director, actor, producer, and educator from…

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Bob Thurman Five Things I’ve Learned About Wisdom, Bliss, and Openness

October 26 @ 5:00 pm
$60

Join scholar, writer, translator, and teacher Bob Thurman in this live two-hour class and discover the five things he’s learned about achieving reliable and lasting happiness during his lifetime learning and teaching the Buddha’s curriculum. Online Event Details Single ticket for session - $60.00

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TWW Workshop

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until January 8, 2022

The TWW workshops are free and open to the public. Writers of all genres and anyone who appreciates the written word are welcome. Work is submitted a week prior to workshop (Tuesday), and a workshop notice is emailed (Thursday/Friday). The pieces to be critiqued can then be dowloaded and read. We critique a maximum of fifty total pages per workshop. At the beginning of each workshop, the group spends some time discussing "Trials and Tribs." This provides the opportunity for…

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Cynthia L. Haven in conversation with James Marcus

October 26 @ 6:00 pm
Free

Cynthia L. Haven in conversation with James Marcus discussing Cynthia Haven’s new book Czesław Miłosz: A California Life published by Heyday Book Czesław Miłosz, one of the greatest poets and thinkers of the past hundred years, is not generally considered a Californian. But the Nobel laureate spent four decades in Berkeley—more time than any other single place he lived—and he wrote many of his most enduring works there. This is the first book to look at his life through a…

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Diane di Prima Memorial Tribute

October 27 @ 6:00 pm
Free

A tribute to Diane di Prima, marking one year since her passing in October 2020, with Hanif Abdurraqib, Garrett Caples, Cedar Sigo, Sunnylyn Thibodeaux, Wendy Trevino, and more guests to be announced. And celebrating the publication of two new books from City Lights! Revolutionary Letters: 50th Anniversary Edition and Spring and Autumn Annals.  Sponsored by the City Lights Foundation and Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. More guests to be announced.

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