Posts Tagged: Oakland

Notable San Francisco: 4/18–4/24

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Literary events and readings in and around the Bay Area this week!

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Notable San Francisco: 4/11–4/17

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Literary events and readings in and around the Bay Area this week!

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Notable San Francisco: 12/6–12/12

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Literary events and readings in and around the Bay Area this week!

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Notable San Francisco: 11/29–12/5

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Literary events and readings in and around the Bay Area this week!

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Reinventing Motherhood and Re-Dreaming Reality: Talking with Ariel Gore

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Ariel Gore discusses her new novel We Were Witches, why capitalism and the banking system are the real enemies, and finding the limits between memoir and fiction.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Transit Books

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The founders of Transit Books discuss Wioletta Greg’s debut novel, Swallowing Mercury, and the challenges and rewards that come with starting a small independent press.

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VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Faith Adiele

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Faith Adiele discusses what it means to be a good literary citizen, the importance of decolonizing travel writing, and how she wants to change the way Black stories are being told.

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The Storming Bohemian #34: Descent into the Underworld

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The last time I punked the muse, I wrote of the summer solstice, a meditation into the heart of the sun. My goal was to leave behind the ever-more-depressing news cycle, and touch some place deep down where hope resides. We live in the Sun, I concluded. I envisioned a home where we could all […]

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Rosalie Moffett

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Rosalie Moffett discusses her new collection June in Eden, writing humor in poetry, using contemporary references, and trying to understand the world.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #12: What Is Safety?

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Oh better far to live and die Under the brave black flag I fly Then play a sanctimonious part With a pirate head and a pirate heart!! –The Pirates of Penzance At fifteen years old, I was a runaway. It was perhaps 9:30 at night, my first night out, having hitchhiked a couple of hundred […]

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Notable San Francisco: 12/7–12/13

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Notable San Francisco grieves for the tragic loss of life in Oakland with the burning of Ghost Ship. Making art is a dangerous pastime, but it shouldn’t be life threatening because artists are forced by city gentrification to live on the urban fringe. We honor those lost in our hearts as we keep artistic community alive […]

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Job Insecurity 101

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At California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Oakland, adjunct faculty have been trying for two years to win their first union contract. They are part of the Service Employees International Union’s Faculty Forward movement, through which some 13,000 adjuncts at fifty colleges across the nation have unionized in the last three years. In […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Ranbir Singh Sidhu

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Ranbir Singh Sidhu discusses his new novel, Deep Singh Blue, growing up in rural California, and the privileged, problematic world of publishing.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Chicago’s Wicker Park has been gentrifying, but Quimby’s, a quirky indie bookstore, remains a haven for alt lit. Amazon probably doesn’t care whether customers buy anything from its physical stores. The New Yorker takes a look at why China is cracking down on dissidents, including Hong Kong booksellers that disappeared late last year.

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The Rumpus Late Nite Poetry Show: Rick Barot

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In Episode 13 of The Rumpus Late Nite Poetry Show, Rick Barot discusses his newest collection, Chord, tone in poetry, and the selfies Bishop might’ve posted.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Juliana Spahr

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Juliana Spahr about her new book That Winter the Wolf Came, the oil industry, and writing about “difficult” topics.

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Oakland Is The New Everything

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The lineup for the first annual Oakland Book Festival has just been announced. But you don’t have to wait until the festival—on May 31st—to put on a tweed jacket and tell your favorite Jack London story on Telegraph Avenue. On Thursday, April 30th, Greil Marcus and Justin Desmangles (of the Before Columbus Foundation) will hold […]

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Green Branch Library to Branch Out with Bookmobile

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The Green Branch Library has done amazing work providing books and other materials about social and environmental justice to kids in Oakland. Now they’re hoping to expand their reach to kids all over the Bay Area with a a bookmobile! Check out the extraordinarily adorable Claymation video they made for their Indiegogo campaign and make a […]

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Beast Crawl This Way Comes

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If you live in the Bay Area, it can often seem like San Francisco hogs all the cool literary events. But East Bay denizens, take heart: Beast Crawl slowly approaches. Adapted from San Francisco’s Lit Crawl, which originated as part of the annual Litquake literary festival and has spread to several other cities, Beast Crawl features […]

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Reaching Across the Bay Bridge

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In a sort of Bay Area meeting of minds, Scott Hutchins, author of a novel about San Francisco and Silicon Valley, profiles Michael Chabon, whose latest novel takes place mainly in Oakland and Berkeley. Read it to learn about Chabon’s love for the East Bay, his similarities to Charles Dickens, and Telegraph Avenue‘s beginnings as a […]

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Help Keep Art in Oakland Alive

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Oakland art gallery MOCO, a vital and exciting venue for visual and performing art outside the mainstream, turned one last Sunday. Unfortunately, there was no celebration: a few days earlier, the gallery’s owner, Eli Reyes, was the victim of a brutal hit-and-run attack that broke her femur and landed her in intensive care. Reyes is […]

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