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Mac McClelland

Thu., Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 28, 7 p.m.
Mac McClelland
“No one says that unresolved trauma can kill you. If anyone did, maybe people would take it more seriously. Serious as cancer.” Thus writes Mac McClelland in her raw, unflinching new book Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story. Part memoir, part investigative journalism, part searing look at a complex and frequently misunderstood illness, Irritable Hearts chronicles McClelland’s battles with post-traumatic stress disorder — which she first experienced while reporting on the atrocities of post-earthquake Haiti in 2010 for Mother Jones magazine — and whose lingering effects include a delightful grab bag of night terrors, dissociation, numbness, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, hysterical sobbing fits, alcoholism, and more. But far from a beautifully crafted catalog of emotional and cultural cruelties, Irritable Hearts is indeed a love story, seared with an undeniable hopefulness, as well as McClelland’s cheerfully acidic wit and singular talent for storytelling. McClelland will read from her book and sign copies on Thursday at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St., San Francisco) and Saturday at Book Passage in Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.). Free
The Booksmith 1644 Haight St., San Francisco, San Francisco (map)

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Oil's True Cost: Exploring Solutions

, Thu., Feb. 26, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
917-677-7671 x448
Oil's True Cost: Exploring Solutions
Who pays the true cost of the oil that powers our lives? The documentary film "Oil & Water" explores this question through the lives of two boys coming of age in the Amazon amid the legacy of destructive oil development. This night will include a screening of the film, followed by a Q&A with its directors and subjects and discussion by a panel of subject area experts. Proceeds benefit the Cofan Community Health Project. $7 (plus fees)
Impact Hub Oakland 2323 Broadway, Oakland (map)

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Robert Scheer: They Know Everything About You

Thu., Feb. 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
510-967-4495

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Robert Scheer: They Know Everything About You
Robert Scheer will discuss his new book, They Know Everything About You, answer questions and sign books. $12 advance, $15 door
First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley (map)

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Anker Frankoni Book Launch

Fri., Feb. 27, 7-9 p.m.
510-388-1043
Anker Frankoni Book Launch
Anker Frankoni will read from his brand new book, Octopus Asylum. This is part two of a trilogy and the follow up to Mexican Eskimo Book 1: Exmikan which was published in April. Free
The Octopus Literary Salon 2101 Webster Street, Oakland (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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Works in Progress

Sat., March 12, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
510-701-1022
Works in Progress
Linda Zeiser hosts a women-only open mic featuring Amy Meyers and Donna Lane. Open to female musicians, comediennes, and performance artists. Scent free and wheelchair accessible. $7-$10 admission includes potluck
Plymouth United Church of Christ 424 Monte Vista Ave., Oakland (map)

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