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Classes
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens

Last Tuesdays of the Month

Are you a crafty member of the Mechanics’ Institute? Knit happens, but we’d love to see your crochet too!  Bring a project and get to know your fellow Mechanics’ Institute members and staff. Deb, our Library Director, will be on hand to help with any difficult projects.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 6:30pm

Authors Eileen Truax and Lauren Markham in Conversation on the Issues Surrounding Immigration with Ian Gordon

Authors Eileen Truax and Lauren Markham in Conversation with Ian Gordon

Authors Eileen Truax (We Build the Wall) and Lauren Markham (The Faraway Brothers) in conversation on the issues surrounding immigration, with Ian Gordon, Managing Editor of Mother Jones.

Members of Mechanics' Institute FREE
Refugee Transitions FREE
SF and City Lights Books & Publishing FREE
Public FREE

Activities
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Financial Literacy Series

Morningstar provides investment research, analysis and recommendations for thousands of mutual funds and stocks.

Members Only; Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:30pm

A River of Stars: A Novel (Ballantine Books)

Author Vanessa Hua in conversation with Beth Nguyen

River of Stars is a vivid examination of home and belonging, and a moving portrayal of a woman determined to build her own future.

 

Mechanics' Institute Members FREE
Public $15

Activities
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

South Asians in the South Bay: The Privileged Immigrants

With Jeevan Zutshi

Jeevan Zutshi will talk about the South Asian community that has developed in Fremont, San Jose, Palo Alto, and other South Bay towns over the past 30 thirty years.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 6:00pm

Ninotchka (1935)

September 2018 - The Lubitsch Touch

A humorless Soviet official encounters numerous temptations on assignment in Paris

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Here’s to Your Career Change! Resume Makeover Clinic for Career Transitioning

Will you be looking for a new job in the new year? Join a group of career changers in an immersive resume makeover clinic with fellow job seekers. We will focus on creative techniques that can power you ahead as you transition to a new job function or industry. In your future job search you will be competing with applicants who have been there, done that, and have won awards doing it. Your successful career transition will require you to do more, and do things differently.

Members & Public Free

Classes
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Loving

by Henry Green

Eldon the head Butler for an aristocratic family the Tennants. When he dies, Raunce, the head footman is promoted due to war-induced labor scarcity. The other Tennant servants of the house are surprised by this promotion, and Edith, a new hire, develops feelings for Raunce. When the Tennants leave for England, Raunce is left in charge of the house, but finds conflict in the pursuit of Edith.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - 6:30pm

The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time

Author David Ulin in conversation with Oscar Villalon, Managing Editor of ZYZZYVA. Co-sponsored by Alta Magazine & ZYZZYVA

The new introduction and afterword bring fresh relevance to this insightful rumination on reading as a path to critical thinking, individual and political identity, civic engagement, and resistance.

Mechanics' Institute Members FREE
Alta Magazine Subscriber FREE
Friends of ZYZZYVA FREE
Public $15

Activities
Thursday, October 04, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 04, 2018 - 6:00pm

Iconic San Francisco Dishes, Drinks and Desserts

With author Laura Smith Borrman & experts on the Bay Area's classic culinary scene

A "Talk and Tasting" event. Come celebrate the new book Iconic San Francisco Dishes, Drinks and Desserts with author Laura Smith Borrman and experts on the Bay Area's classic culinary scene in a night of conversation and tasting of the city's iconic dishes and drinks.

Members $10; Public $15
Members with book $30; Public with book $35

Classes
Friday, October 05, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Story was True! Tracing and Writing About Your Family Lineage with Bev Scott

Have you thought about tracing your family lineage? Do you want to find out about your missing ancestors? Would you like to learn about the mysteries or secrets in your family?

Members & Public FREE

Classes
Saturday, October 06, 2018 - 1:00am to 4:00am

Litquake Master Class Mixer

Straw Into Gold: The Alchemy of Memoir with Katy Butler

In this workshop, Katy Butler will show you how to find the upward arcs in your story and transform the "straw" of ordinary memory into the "gold" of a narrative that can electrify readers.

Members $95
Public $105

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, October 06, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th J.J. Dolan Memorial

5 Round Swiss — One Day G/40,d5

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, October 06, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, October 07, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 6:30pm

Tech & the City -- New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future (Verso)

Author James Bridle in conversation with Robin Sloan

In his brilliant new work, leading artist and writer James Bridle excavates the limits of technology and how it aids our understanding of the world.

Members Free
Public $15

Classes
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Second Thursdays of the Month

If you're looking for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or a similar tech- or internet-related issue, librarians are happy to help! Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian regarding devices and ebook readers, how to make the best use of the Library's online features, how to safely manage social media accounts, and more.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Investment Information on the Web

Financial Literacy Series

Learn how to access investment research, analysis and buy/hold/sell recommendations for publicly traded companies.

Members Only; Free

Classes
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

“You Can Be a Winning Writer: the 4 C’s of Successful Authors: Craft, Commitment, Community and Confidence” with Joan Gelfund

In this lively one hour workshop, author Joan Gelfand will present the formula for success devised over ten years of coaching, teaching and mentoring writers at conferences and professional groups.

Members & Public FREE
Members & Public + Book $22

Classes
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

The Journey from Poet to Author

A Workshop with Diane Frank

The theme of this workshop is transforming your poems into a book – the issues, the obstacles, and the joy.

Members $99
Public $119

Classes
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Martin Hewitt, Investigator

by Arthur Morrison

A collection of short mystery stories from British author Arthur Morrison, “Martin Hewitt, Investigator” is a series that followed the success of Sherlock Holmes, starring sleuth Hewitt, a lawyer turned private investigator.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, eAudiobooks

Third Wednesdays of the Month

The Mechanics' Institute offers thousands of digital titles that you can download to your computer, tablet, or smartphone from anywhere there's an internet connection. Bring your device to this hands-on workshop where you'll set up an account, have your questions answered, and get started downloading eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, and eAudiobooks.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Mrs. Bridge

by Evan S. Connell

India Bridge is a seemly conventional upper-middle-class Kansas City housewife. Mrs. Bridge faces an existential crisis about growing older when ordinary events, like guests using bathroom guest-towels, trigger rage.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Friday, October 19, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writers Lunch: Book Marketing Pros Panel

Speakers include Eileen Duhne, Brenda Knight and Sue Wilhite

When do you start marketing your book? Find out the surprising answer at this dynamic panel with the San Francisco chapter of the Women's National Book Association.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Finding and Working with a Literary Agent

With Andy Ross

This class will lead you through the process of finding the right agent for you.

Members $39
Public $49

Classes
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Drafting the Perfect Query: A Workshop with Andy Ross

In this class, we will discuss the elements of a good query letter, how to write one that will grab the attention of the agent. 

Members $39
Public $49

Classes
Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Monday, October 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

I Believe in Halloween: A Documentary by Strephon Taylor

A good Halloween story has those elements, the basics. "I Believe in Halloween" is just that, from interviews with kids telling us what Halloween means to them and fun music videos, to vintage footage and photos, antique postcards, advertisements, decorations, and costumes.

Members Free
Public $10

Activities
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Mergent Intellect

Financial Literacy Series

Discover the breadth of information that can be retrieved using this powerful upgrade of Hoover's basic database offering.

Members Only; Free

Classes
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Nailing the 4 Essential Pillars of Novel Construction – Talk and Q&A

With C. S. Lakin

This 2-hour slide talk and discussion will go deep into your concept with a kicker, protagonist with a goal, conflict with high stakes, and theme with a heart. 

Members $39
Public $49

Classes
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Workshop Your 4 Essential Pillars of Novel Construction

With C. S. Lakin

In this afternoon session, we’ll dig deep into your four pillars, helping you brainstorm your ideas in small group critique sessions along with instructor feedback.

Members $99
Public $119

Classes
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens

Last Tuesdays of the Month

Are you a crafty member of the Mechanics’ Institute? Knit happens, but we’d love to see your crochet too!  Bring a project and get to know your fellow Mechanics’ Institute members and staff. Deb, our Library Director, will be on hand to help with any difficult projects.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 01, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, November 01, 2018 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Business Insights: Essentials

Financial Literacy Series

Learn how to search this resource to obtain extensive company news and business/competitor intelligence, access SWOT analyses for some 1,000 publicly traded companies, in-depth industry profiles, market share data, product and brand information, comprehensive financial overviews and performance ratings.

Members Only; Free

Classes
Friday, November 02, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Shine when you need it most: how to create a powerful presence when you pitch and market your work

Discover exactly how to unleash your innate star quality and shine. Learn the best marketing secrets from the entertainment world so you can powerfully present yourself like a seasoned celebrity in interviews, networking events, pitches, video presentations, and more. Find the words and the courage to communicate your irresistible offer to publishers, the press, and other key influencers who will help you build your personal brand—and acquire the success you deserve.

Members $149
Public $189

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, November 03, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

47th Carroll Capps Memorial

6 Round Swiss

Members $45
Public $50

Classes
Saturday, November 03, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, November 04, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Graveyard Clay

by Martin O’Cadhain

A new (2016) translation of Máirtín Ó Cadhain's Cré na Cille by Liam Mac Con Iomaire and Tim Robinson. Graveyard Clay is a black humor tale of the newly dead chatting at a graveyard. Originally published in 1949, Cré na Cille is a celebrated work of modern Irish literature.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Second Thursdays of the Month

If you're looking for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or a similar tech- or internet-related issue, librarians are happy to help! Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian regarding devices and ebook readers, how to make the best use of the Library's online features, how to safely manage social media accounts, and more.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Key Financial Magazines & Newspapers Every Astute Investor Should Read

Financial Literacy Series

Learn about publications in both print and web format, such as IBD (Investor's Business Daily), that provide insightful investment information covering the latest financial and economic trends, reports on specific industries, corporate developments, with solid insight for investors to use in their financial planning and management, and which investment opportunities that are reported on are your wisest investment options.

Members Only; Free

Activities
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writers Lunch: Stories and Their Structures: Dramatic and Episodic

With Jessica Levine

In this talk, Jessica Levine will discuss how two basic currents in literature, the dramatic and episodic exemplified by Greek drama and epic, have influenced the modern novel.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 1:00am to 4:00am

Litquake Master Class Mixer

From Blog to Blockbuster: Moving From the Web to the Printed Page with Daniel Mallory Ortberg

Litquake is thrilled to have Daniel teaching his first master class mixer, which will coach writers on moving from writing online to writing a book.

Members $95
Public $105

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th Pierre St. Amant Memorial

5 Round Swiss — One Day G/40,d5

Members $30
Public $35

Activities
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Laying the Seeds for the GGIE

70 years before the Golden Gate International Exposition and its theme of Pacific Unity took place in 1939, San Francisco’s Mechanics' Institute began reaching out to the Pacific Rim with its Industrial Expositions that displayed and promoted the products of local entrepreneurs and inventors.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, November 19, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Bluebird, Bluebird

by Attica Locke

Darren Mathews is a black Texas Ranger working the backwoods of Highway 59, an area he grew up in and dreamed of leaving. When Ranger Mathews is called deep into the backwoods to a town called Lark to solve a case of two murders: a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, eAudiobooks

Third Wednesdays of the Month

The Mechanics' Institute offers thousands of digital titles that you can download to your computer, tablet, or smartphone from anywhere there's an internet connection. Bring your device to this hands-on workshop where you'll set up an account, have your questions answered, and get started downloading eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, and eAudiobooks.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Graveyard Clay

by Martin O’Cadhain

A new (2016) translation of Máirtín Ó Cadhain's Cré na Cille by Liam Mac Con Iomaire and Tim Robinson. Graveyard Clay is a black humor tale of the newly dead chatting at a graveyard. Originally published in 1949, Cré na Cille is a celebrated work of modern Irish literature.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens

Last Tuesdays of the Month

Are you a crafty member of the Mechanics’ Institute? Knit happens, but we’d love to see your crochet too!  Bring a project and get to know your fellow Mechanics’ Institute members and staff. Deb, our Library Director, will be on hand to help with any difficult projects.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 1:00am to 4:00am

Litquake Master Class Mixer

Cultivating Chaos with Cristina Garcia

This fiction workshop will encourage you to make a mess -- to let your writing unspool in unpredictable, organic ways; to welcome what surprises and disturbs you; to harness wildness without domesticating its energies.

Members $95
Public $105

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th Guthrie McClain Memorial

5 Round Swiss — One Day G/40,d5

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, December 02, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, December 05, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

The Setting Sun

by Osamu Dazai

In postwar Japan, an aristocratic family must move from Tokyo to the provincial Izu due to financial constraints resulting from the death of their father. Told through the voice of unmarried daughter Kazuko, The Setting Sun, originally published in 1947, captures change from traditional values in postwar Japan.

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Classes
Saturday, December 08, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Sunday, December 09, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Nocturne

by Ed McBain

A once famous lounge singer is found shot in her apartment. Detectives Carella and Hawes investigate if the murder was a simply burglary or something more. Visit the Brown Bag Mystery Readers and discuss this work of McBain’s 87th Precinct series.

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Activities
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Night Tour of the Mechanics' Institute

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Tour of the Institute will orient you to our building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership.

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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Activities
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
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Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Signs Preceding the End of the World

by Yuri Herrera

Makina journeys from Mexico to the US to search for her brother and deliver a message.

Members Only; Free
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Classes
Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Saturday, January 05, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Sunday, January 06, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Saturday, February 02, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Sunday, February 03, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Saturday, February 09, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
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Classes
Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Saturday, March 02, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Sunday, March 03, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Saturday, March 09, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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