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Activities
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Photograph of a typewriter
Activities
Friday, August 17, 2018 - 12:00pm
Panel discussion with the Women's National Book Association and moderated by Brenda Knight
Members & Public Free
Activities
Monday, August 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
Mainstream Media should ignore Trump's Twitter Feed
Members Free , Public $5
Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 12:00pm
Talk with author Rachel Levin
Members & Public Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/copy-of-comfort-lit-litquake-look-big-and-other-tips-for-surviving-animal-encounters-of-all-kinds-registration-48718669853
Activities
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Photograph of the author
Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 6:30pm
With author Dr. Amy Lippert
Members & Public Free
Activities
Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Hand holding a smoking gun
Activities
Saturday, September 01, 2018 - 12:00pm
Members & Public Free
Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 - 6:30pm
With author John Briscoe
Mechanics' Institute Members FREE, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crush-the-triumph-of-california-wine-registration-48717526433
Activities
Thursday, September 06, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Friday, September 07, 2018 - 6:30pm
AIA's Architecture + the City Festival Co-sponsored by Center for Architecture + Design
AIA/Mechanics' Institute Members $10, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ac-18-authors-series-towards-a-robotic-architecture-from-3-d-printing-to-life-on-mars-tickets-48109990276
Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 12:00pm
Author Alexandra and David Brown
Members & Public Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/copy-of-comfort-lit-litquake-a-year-off-a-story-about-traveling-the-world-and-how-to-make-it-happen-registration-48720102137
Gattaca poster
Activities
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 6:00pm
AIA’s Architecture + The City Festival: Future City Film Series
Members Free, Public Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ac-18-film-screening-gattaca-tickets-48109659286
Activities
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:30pm
Author Miriam Pawel in conversation with Scott Shafer, KQED
Members Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-browns-of-california-the-family-dynasty-that-transformed-a-state-and-shaped-a-nation-author-tickets-48720528412
Photograph of the staircase
Activities
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 6:00pm
Members & Public Free
Activities
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 4:00pm
Members Only - Free
Activities
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 6:30pm
Mechanics' Institute Members Free, ZYZZYVA Subscribers Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zyzzyva-fall-issue-celebration-registration-49106925135
Photograph of a typewriter
Activities
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 12:00pm
with Brigitte Schulze Pilibosian
Members & Public Free
Eileen Truax, Lauren Markham, Ian Gordon
Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 6:30pm
Authors Eileen Truax and Lauren Markham in Conversation with Ian Gordon
Members of Mechanics' Institute $10, Refugee Transitions $10, SF and City Lights Books & Publishing $10, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/authors-eileen-truax-and-lauren-markham-in-conversation-on-the-issues-surrounding-immigration-with-tickets-49143997018
Activities
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:30pm
Author Vanessa Hua in conversation with Beth Nguyen
Mechanics' Institute Members FREE, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-river-of-stars-a-novel-ballantine-books-author-vanessa-hua-in-conversation-with-beth-nguyen-tickets-49190922373
Photograph of Jeevan Zutshi
Activities
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 12:00pm
With Jeevan Zutshi
Members & Public Free
Activities
Thursday, October 04, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 4:00pm
Members Only - Free
Activities
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, November 01, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 4:00pm
Members Only - Free
Activities
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 4:00pm
Members Only - Free
Activities
Thursday, August 16, 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, August 17, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writers Lunch -- Epic Reads: Secrets to Crafting Historical Fiction

Panel discussion with the Women's National Book Association and moderated by Brenda Knight

The Women’s National Book Association San Francisco Chapter is thrilled to present member writers who have authored highly successful historical (and prehistorical!) novels that readers and reviewers rave about. Learn what role research plays and how to make your scenes, settings, and characters realistic and compulsively readable. Epic Reads will be moderated by WNBA-SF President Brenda Knight. There will be Q&A followed by book signings; bring your notebooks and plenty of questions!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Monday, August 20, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

SFDebate: An open forum for discussing the issues of the day

Mainstream Media should ignore Trump's Twitter Feed

Learn the ancient art of rhetoric and verbally explore the issues that are shaping our world with SFDebate, a privately organized, bi-monthly event open to the Mechanics' Institute community.

Members Free
Public $5
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds (Ten Speed Press)

Talk with author Rachel Levin

Look Big is a lighthearted but legitimately helpful illustrated field guide for what to do in the face of 50 of our most feared—or frustrating—animals.

Members & Public Free

Activities
Thursday, August 23, 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.

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Consuming Identities: Visual Culture in 19th Century San Francisco

With author Dr. Amy Lippert

The San Francisco History Center, Mechanics’ Institute, and California Historical Society invite you to an engaging book talk by Dr. Amy Lippert on her recent publication, Consuming Identities: Visual Culture in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, August 30, 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
Saturday, September 01, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Sisters in Crime presents: A Firearms Briefing

Do you have questions about how to depict firearms realistically in your stories? Come to this safe* hands-on show-and-tell with expert Jim Guigli.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 - 6:30pm

Crush: The Triumph of California Wine (University of Nevada Press)

With author John Briscoe

Look. Smell. Taste. Judge. Crush is the 200-year story of the heady dream that wines as good as the greatest of France could be made in California.

Mechanics' Institute Members FREE
Public $15

Activities
Thursday, September 06, 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, September 07, 2018 - 6:30pm

Towards a Robotic Architecture: From 3-D Printing to Life on Mars

AIA's Architecture + the City Festival Co-sponsored by Center for Architecture + Design

Drawing from inspirations of Towards a Robotic Architecture (ORO Editions), this talk and presentation features Petr Novikov, Head of Research and Development at Asmbld, on the state-of-the-art technology that is being researched and developed to create buildings on the “Red Planet.”

 
AIA/Mechanics' Institute Members $10
Public $15

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 12:00pm

Comfort Lit -- Litquake -- A Year Off: A Story about Traveling the World – and How to Make it Happen for You (Chronicle Books)

Author Alexandra and David Brown

On their first date, David described to Alexandra his plan to quit his job and travel around the world for a year. Without hesitation Alexandra blurted out “Wait for me.” A Year Off is the story of their journey and their romance. 

Members & Public Free

Activities
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 6:00pm

Gattaca (1997)

AIA’s Architecture + The City Festival: Future City Film Series

Cult classic American science fiction film of a future society driven by eugenics where potential children are conceived through genetic selection to ensure they possess the best hereditary traits of their parents.

Members Free
Public Free

Activities
Thursday, September 13, 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.

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:30pm

The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation (Bloomsday Publishing)

Author Miriam Pawel in conversation with Scott Shafer, KQED

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and scholar Miriam Pawel weaves a narrative history that spans four generations, from August Schuckman, the Prussian immigrant who crossed the Plains in 1852 and settled on a northern California ranch, to his great-grandson Jerry Brown, who reclaimed the family homestead one hundred forty years later and twice served as California governor.

Members Free
Public $15

Activities
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 6:00pm

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
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, September 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
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, September 20, 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, September 20, 2018 - 6:30pm

ZYZZYVA 2018 Fall Issue Celebration

Come join ZYZZYVA for a celebration of the publication of their Fall Issue, which features poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and more themed around the environment.

Mechanics' Institute Members Free
ZYZZYVA Subscribers Free
Public $15

Activities
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writers Lunch: Sasha Pour One More! The adventures of a freelance foreign correspondent

with Brigitte Schulze Pilibosian

Join freelance correspondent turned author Brigitte Schulze Piliboisan for a rousing discussion of the adventures of a journalist in Eastern Europe and starting a publishing house.

Members & Public 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 $10
Refugee Transitions $10
SF and City Lights Books & Publishing $10
Public $15

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
More information
No registration required.