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Events at the Mechanics' Institute

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

Light in August

By William Faulkner

Faulkner’s novel about hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality features some of his most memorable characters: guileless, dauntless Lena Grove, in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower, who is plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen; and Joe Christmas, a desperate, enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry. The group will discuss this book over two meetings.

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Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 6:00pm

High Spirits and Drinking the Devil's Acre

An evening with authors J.K. Dineen and Duggan McDonnell

Join authors J. K. Dineen and Duggan McDonnell in a spirited discussion of San Francisco's vibrant bar scene – past, present, and future – and take a romp through the city with tales of the drinks and drinking establishments at the very foundations of our fair city.

Members Free
Public $15

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 7:00pm

The Epicenter with Evan Ratliff

The San Francisco launch of Love and Ruin: Tales of Obsession, Danger, and Heartbreak, from The Atavist magazine, the trailblazing leader in longform narrative writing.

Members & Public $15

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

German Novellas

Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich Von Kleist & Lenz by Georg Büchner

The World Literature group will discuss two iconic German novellas, Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich Von Kleist, and Lenz by Georg Büchner.

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Book Group Meetings - Non-Fiction Book Group - Online
Friday, August 05, 2016 (All day) to 12:00am

Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life

By Julia Briggs

Julia Briggs puts writing at the center of Woolf’s life, reads that life through her work, and mines the novels themselves to create a compelling new form of biography. Analyzing Woolf’s own commen­tary on the creative process through her letters, diaries, and essays, Julia Briggs has produced a book that is a convincing, moving portrait of an artist, as well as a profound meditation on the nature of creativity.

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CinemaLit Films
Friday, August 05, 2016 - 6:00pm

Our Man in Havana (1959)

July/August 2016 - Hot Summer Nights

A smashing adaptation of Graham Greene's sly novel about a nondescript British vacuum cleaner salesman who agrees to spy for Her Majesty's secret service.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, August 08, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Murder on Fifth Avenue

By Michael Jahn

Captain Bill Donovan is eagerly awaiting the birth of his first child, enjoying a well-deserved partial leave from the danger and mayhem of the big city. But more dangerous matters are afoot, and when a high-society Manhattanite is shot and killed while shopping for jewels at Sarkana with his fiancee, Donovan is drawn, quite unwillingly, into the most bizarre murder case of his career...

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Activities
Monday, August 08, 2016 - 6:00pm

Mechanics' Institute Tour @ Night

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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Book Group Meetings - Graphic Novel Reading Group
Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

City of Clowns

By Daniel Alarcón

Oscar “Chino” Uribe is a young Peruvian journalist for a local tabloid paper. After the recent death of his philandering father, he must confront the idea of his father’s other family, and how much of his own identity has been shaped by his father’s murky morals. At the same time, he begins to chronicle the life of street clowns, sad characters who populate the violent and corrupt city streets of Lima, and is drawn into their haunting, fantastical world.

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Classes
Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Litquake Writing Class

Writing Humor from Hell, with Zahra Noorbakhsh

Humorist and playwright Zahra Noorbaksh (All Atheists Are Muslim) leads this 3-hour workshop in honing your comedic voice.

Members & Public $100

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 12:30pm

Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

Author Larry Tye in conversation with journalist Martin Nolan

Tye explores Robert F. Kennedy's life and times and his extraordinary transformation from cold war warrior to fiery leftist and fighter for justice and equality.

Mechanics' Institute Members Free
Irish Literary & Historical Society Member Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - Virginia Woolf Readers’ Group
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Night and Day

By Virginia Woolf

Join fellow members to discuss Virginia Woolf's immaculately-observed social comedy that explores the boundaries between personal freedom and the demands of love.

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Activities
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 12:00pm

Writers’ Lunch with Michael Larsen

Reinventing Yourself as a Writer in an Age of Disruption: 10 Commandments That Guarantee Your Success

Join us and author coach Michael Larsen for a brown bag lunch and chat about the “Ten Commandments” that will transform your writing and your career.

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CinemaLit Films
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 6:00pm

Evita (1996)

July/August 2016 - Hot Summer Nights

The Rice-Webber stage musical about the rise and reign of Argentine First Lady Eva Peron is transposed to the screen as a parade of pomp and pageantry.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Meet the Author(s)
Monday, August 22, 2016 - 7:00pm

The Epicenter with Hannah Pittard

The San Francisco launch of Hannah Pittard's newest book, the novel Listen to Me, a modern gothic about a marriage and road trip gone hauntingly awry.

Members & Public $15

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

The Door

By Magda Szabó

The Door is an unsettling exploration of the relationship between two very different women who become dependent upon one anpother, sharing a complex kind of love — until one of the women's long-sought success as a writer leads to a devastating revelation.

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Activities
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 1:45pm to 4:00pm

Walking Tour of Lands End

Join historian John A. Martini and discover this part of the city’s storied past on a 2-hour walk exploring Adolph Sutro’s vanished seaside recreation attractions at Lands End.

Members $10
Public $15

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 - 7:00pm

The Epicenter with Kim Addonizio

Litquake is proud to host Kim Addonizio for her two newest books.

Members & Public $15

Classes
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Litquake Writing Class

Spell-Casting: Poetry as a Form of Magic, with D.A. Powell

In this workshop, D.A. Powell will reach beyond the lines to conjure up a witchcraft of words!

Members & Public $100

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Saturday Morning Murder

By Batya Gur

"With sly, affectionate humor and acute insight, this flawless mystery by an Israeli literature professor traces the parallel processes of police detection and psychoanalysis. A complex, fully satisfying resolution wraps up this masterful American debut." (Publishers Weekly)

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Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

The Door

By Magda Szabó

The Door is an unsettling exploration of the relationship between two very different women who become dependent upon one anpother, sharing a complex kind of love — until one of the women's long-sought success as a writer leads to a devastating revelation.

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Book Group Meetings - Virginia Woolf Readers’ Group
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

To The Lighthouse

By Virginia Woolf

“Radiant as [To the Lighthouse] is in its beauty, there could never be a mistake about it: here is a novel to the last degree severe and uncompromising. I think that beyond being about the very nature of reality, it is itself a vision of reality,” said Eudora Welty of this novel which explores the complex tensions and allegiances of family life.

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