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Dr. Laura Basha

, Sat., Jan. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
510-843-2527
Enjoy a glass of wine while Dr. Basha talks about her 35-plus years of transformational work with people from all walks of life, and the inspiration behind writing her book, The Inward Outlook. Free
ACCI Gallery 1652 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Amir Aczel, "Finding Zero"

Sat., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.
510-649-1320
Mathematician Amir Aczel discusses his newest book Finding Zero: A Mathematician's Odyssey to Uncover the Origin of Numbers. Free
Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley & Oakland (map)

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Resume Workshop

Mon., Jan. 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
510-981-6100
Are you looking for work and need to update your resume? Do you want to improve the resume you have? Marilyn Tullius will lead the workshop and provide expert advice. Free
Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch 2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley (map)

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Book Launch for Noir Novel Uncle Dust

Wed., Jan. 28, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
510-649-1320
Book launch for Uncle Dust, a new noir novel by Rob Pierce. With guest readers Joe Clifford, Tom Pitts, Sean Craven, and Mike Monson. Free
Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley & Oakland (map)

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Becoming Richard Pryor

Thu., Jan. 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
510-704-8222
Scott Saul will discuss Becoming Richard Pryor (HarperCollins), his groundbreaking biography of the comedian. Free
Mrs. Dalloway's 2904 College 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)

Landlords and Tenants Counseling

Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
510-981-6100
Housing counselors from the Berkeley Rent Board offer one-on-one counseling sessions. free
Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch 2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley (map)

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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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