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Written on the Dock of the Bay: August 23, 2013


Written on the Dock of the Bay is your weekly guide to literary and bookish happenings in the pleasantly literary and bookish Bay Area.


Local author glorifies Richmond // Rodney Brown wants people to start saying good things about Richmond -- like that baseball player Willie McGee was born in there, and so was Ryan Coogler, the director of Fruitvale Station. And so were some people whom you haven't heard of but are still famous to some people -- like Byron Lars, a Richmond native who designed a dress that was worn by MIchelle Obama in 2011. For your convenience, Brown has compiled a list of Richmond stars in a new bookIf My Eyes Could Rewind: The Real Richmond, California story. Look for it on Amazon on August 31st.


Monday, August 26

One City One Book // You turn to the person next to you. He's reading Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. So is the person next to him. You walk down the street and enter an entire town where all the inhabitants are reading Little Brother. What a strange horror movie you are in -- or maybe you're just participating in One City One Book: San Francisco Reads, which is an annual citywide literary event that encourages the people of San Francisco to read the same book at the same time and then discuss it in book groups. Enter here to win a free copy ofLittle Brother. // DETAILS: Monday, August 16, Until 12pm.

Wednesday, August 28

Cool Gray City of Love // If you love San Francisco, Gary Kamiya, the author ofCool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco has stolen your feelings. Because he loves San Francisco, too. In his new book, he's penned a kaleidoscopic love letter to his city. Or, your city. Or a city. // DETAILS: Wednesday, August 28, 6pm.San Francisco Main Library. 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco

Thursday, August 29

16th & Mission open mic // Say it's a Thursday. Say it's 9pm. Say you're at 16th and Mission. Well, there's going to be a mic-less open mic performance happening in front of you, inevitably, because the poets just keep coming back to this leaderless, unorganized slam. Try to finding an open mic more organic than this at your local supermarket. // DETAILS: Thursday, August 29, 9pm.16th and Mission.  San Francisco