Wednesday 5/16: Stanford Live presents Claudia Rankine. $20, 7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall (Palo Alto).
Lyrics & Dirges presents “May Day, May Day.” Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books (Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley).
Poet and translator Jeffrey Thomas Leong discusses his book Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island. Free, 6 p.m., Book Passage (San Francisco Ferry Building).
Michelle Tea in conversation with Virgie Tovar. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Books (SF).
City Lights presents poets giovanni singleton and Carmen Giménez Smith. Free, 7 p.m., Moe’s Books (Berkeley).
Reading and conversation with Townsend Walker and Martha Conway. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Bindery (SF).
“Open Mic Poetry! Boom!” Free, 7 p.m., The Laundry (SF).
Poetry reading featuring Mighty Mike McGee. Free, 7 p.m., Willow Glen Library (San Jose).
Marin Poetry Center presents Dorianne Laux and Joshua Mensch. Free, 7:30 p.m., Falkirk Cultural Center (San Rafael).
Reading with Glori Simmons and Dickson Lam. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park (SF).
“You’re Going To Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes.” $10, 8 p.m., The Lost Church (SF).
Perfectly Queer East Bay presents an evening with local fiction authors. Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books (Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley).
Friday 5/18: THERE reading series with music and trivia. Free, 7 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon (Oakland).
Gina Kutchins reads from Jessie: A Novel. Free, 3 p.m., The Dance Palace (Point Reyes Station).
“Words on Fire” poetry reading. Free, 7 p.m., Laurel Bookstore (Oakland).
Sunday 5/20: “Express Yourself: Celebrating Gender Diversity.” Panel, stories, and Q&A. Free, 4 p.m., The Bindery (SF).
Reading with poets Jennifer Firestone and Tonya Foster. Free, 7 p.m., Moe’s Books (Berkeley).
Christopher DeLorenzo reads from his book Kitchen Inheritance: Memories and Recipes from My Family of Cooks. Free, 3 p.m., East Bay Booksellers (formerly Diesel Books, Oakland).
Monday 5/21: The Racket reading series presents “#19: Pleasure.” Free, 7 p.m., Adobe Books (SF).
Tuesday 5/22: Poets Jenny Xie and Jennifer S. Cheng. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Books (SF).
Daegan Miller reads from This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent. Free, 7 p.m., East Bay Booksellers (Oakland).
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