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Wendy C. Ortiz

Wed., July 23, 7:30 p.m.
510-649-1320
Any good memoir is, at its core, an excavation of sorts, and Wendy C. Ortiz certainly has a lot to dig up and let out: As a lonely, isolated only child of alcoholic parents, the fifteen-year-old Ortiz fell in with a charismatic teacher at her private school. That relationship, which would ultimately last five years and land her teacher on the sex offenders’ registry, comes to define all of Ortiz’ future relationships — and, unsettlingly, provides Ortiz with the encouragement and adult attention that undoubtedly turned her into the writer she is today. Excavation is a thoughtful, tender, and uncommonly nuanced account of victimhood, predation, and the heartbreakingly blurry lines that separate them. See Ortiz read this week at Pegasus Books downtown (2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley).
Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley & Oakland (map)

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Emily Dickinson

Thu., July 24, 6-8 p.m.
510-548-0585
Discussion of the work of Emily Dickensen led by Brenda Hillman. $20
University Press Books 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (map)

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Poetry Flash

Thu., July 24, 7:30 p.m.
510-849-2087
With poetry readings by Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, Ann Pelletier, and Barbara Tomash.
Moe's Books 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Squeak Carnwath

Fri., July 25, 6 p.m.
510-548-0585
Discusses and signs her new book, Horizon on Fire: Works on Paper 1979-2013.
University Press Books 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (map)

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Anti-Fracking Benefit

Fri., July 25, 7-9 p.m.
Author and activist Dr. Sandra Steingraber will speak about the dangers of fracking and how to build a movement to stop it. $20
First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley (map)

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The Future of Emotional Health and Intelligence

Sat., July 26, 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
510-204-0700
Conference with keynote speech by Jyoti Mishra, Assistant Professor in Department of Neurology at UCSF, on developing serious games for stronger brains. In Parsons Hall. $20-$35
Church Divinity School of the Pacific 2451 Ridge Rd., Berkeley (map)

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Beyond Lumpia, Pansit and Seven Manangs Wild: Stories from the Heart of Filipino Americans Book Launch

Sat., July 26, 3:30 p.m.
510-548-2350
Editors and contributing authors discuss and read from the book. Free
Eastwind Books of Berkeley 2066 University Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Open Mike: Linda Geary’s Studio Visit

Sun., July 27, 2-5 p.m.
510-642-0808
California College of the Arts professor Linda Geary and contributors to her new book discuss ideas generated by the project. $10, free for members
BAM/PFA 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (map)

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Jacqueline Winspear

Tue., July 29, 7:30 p.m.
510-704-8222
Reads from her new novel, The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War.
Mrs. Dalloway's 2904 College Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Ralph Nader

Wed., July 30, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
The author and politician discusses his new book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. Hosted by Harry Kreisler. $12-$15
First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley (map)

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