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Yumi Sakugawa

Thu., Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.
510-649-1320
A visiual presentation of comic book artist Yumi Sakugawa's newest book, Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe. Free
Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley & Oakland (map)

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RE@DS: RJ Ingram & Rocket Caleshu

Fri., Nov. 21, 5:30 p.m.
510-642-0808
RJ Ingram lives in Oakland and is pursuing an M.F.A. in creative writing from Saint Mary's College. Rocket Caleshu is an M.F.A. candidate in the Critical Studies Department at the California Institute of the Arts. $5.50-$9.50
BAM/PFA 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (map)

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Mallory Ortberg

Sat., Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.
510-649-1320
Mallory Ortberg
What if your favorite literary figures had smartphones and unlimited data plans? Such is the premise of Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters, the first book from the wry and always amusing Mallory Ortberg, Oaklander and co-creator of the women-centric website The Toast. Ortberg draws from well-known literary figures and books (Jane Eyre, obvs., along with Sherlock Holmes, Atlas Shrugged, The Hunger Games), as well as less prominent figures (Circe, The Wife of Bath), but you don’t have to be a former English major or someone who wears bloomers to enjoy these missives. A few favorites include texts from Odysseus to Circe: “Why did you turn my friends into pigs?” “I don’t know. Maybe the real question is why are your friends so turn-into-pigsable”; Beth from Little Women complaining that sun shining through a window is killing her; and a (presumably teenage) Virginia Woolf texting her intrusive mother: “I NEED A ROOM OF MY OWN NOT A ROOM YOU COME INTO WHEN I’M GONE AND CLEAN UP … MY FICTION IS THAT YOU’RE AN UTTER BITCH TIDY THAT UP.” Ortberg will sign, read, (and hopefully shout) from her book on Saturday at Pegasus Books (2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley). Regardless of your literary inclinations, Texts from Jane Eyre is sure to leave you ROFL B-) Free
Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley & Oakland (map)

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Thomas Lynch reads Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory"

Tue., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.
510-704-8222
A holiday favorite! Join in for fruitcake and cheer! Free
Mrs. Dalloway's 2904 College Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Poetry Unbound

First Sunday of every month, 5:15 p.m.
510-472-3170
Featuring three writers on the first Sunday of each month, with a brief open mic. October:Connie Post, Kelly Cressio-Moeller and Al Young.
Art House Gallery & Cultural Center 2905 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Poetry Express Readings

Mondays, 7-9 p.m.
510-7-4-0174
A weekly poetry venue and open mic.
Himalayan Flavors Restaurant 1585 University Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Bay Area Poets Coalition Open Reading

, First Saturday of every month, 3-5 p.m.
510-841-8330
free
Strawberry Creek Lodge 1320 Addison St., Berkeley (map)

Lyrics and Dirges

Third Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m.
510-649-1320
Lyrics and Dirges
has been bringing a hand-picked selection of prominent and emerging writers to Pegasus Books Downtown (2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) on the third Wednesday of every month. Hosted and curated by Rad Dad zine editor Tomas Moniz and Berkeley Poetry Festival organizers Sharon Coleman and MK Chavez, the series aims to provide a picture of the diverse Bay Area literary landscape by gathering different types of writers on the same stage. “We’ve paired slam poets with writers of erotic memoir; we’ve highlighted writers published by mainstream presses, hard core zinesters who still staple each issue, comics artists, and playwrights,” Moniz wrote in an email. For its fourth anniversary edition, the series is hosting authors Virgie Tovar, Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, Matthew Zapruder, and Aimee Suzara. Though Lyrics and Dirges’ lineup is always eclectic, Tovar promises an especially memorable performance. Author of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion, Virgie Tovar travels the country preaching the motto “Lose Hate Not Weight,” and serving up refreshingly raw lectures and readings concerning body politics, sex, and identity. She fits the bill for Lyrics and Dirges nicely, which also aims to represent socially engaged writers who share perspectives that are relevant to their communities. free
Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley & Oakland (map)

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Read and Share Book Club

, , , Fourth Tuesday of every month, 3-4 p.m.
510-981-6100
A monthly book group for adults to discuss any book they please. Meetings held in the fourth floor Story Hour room.
Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch 2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley (map)

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Tell It On Tuesday

Last Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m.
510-704-8291
Storytelling, solo performance, and live music, with a rotating cast of performers. $8-$15
The Marsh Arts Center 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley (map)

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