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Comedy, the Clash, climate change, Celtic rock & craic… and that's just the letter 'C'! Hinterland brings Irish stuff (fiction, music, history, sport, politics, humour & drama) to San Francisco, and blends in some local flavours.

Enjoy perspectives from novelists Liz Nugent, Emer Martin, Ethel Rohan; and renowned playwright Matthew Spangler. Rock and roll with Jim Lockhart (Horslips band), Brian Murphy (KNBR radio), and comedian Dave Nihill; and learn about the local Irish experience with Elizabeth Creely (Mission Local), historian Gray Brechin (Living New Deal), and filmmaker Geordie Lynch.

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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 6:30pm
Members & Public Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-berlin-woman-with-author-alan-kaufman-registration-71444306845
Activities
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:30pm
With author Obi Kaufmann
Members & Public Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/litquake-the-state-of-water-understanding-californias-most-precious-resource-with-author-obi-registration-71446846441
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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:30pm
With author Carolina De Robertis
Members & Public Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/litquake-cantoras-with-author-carolina-de-robertis-registration-71447416145
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Activities, Club Events
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 12:00pm
A conversation with Robert Pimm and Rick Homan
Members & Public Free
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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 5:00pm
With author Patrick Wolff
Members & Public Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-to-play-chess-like-a-boss-make-pawns-of-your-opponents-with-tips-and-tricks-from-a-registration-71708775879
Activities
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:30pm
With author L. John Harris
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Friends of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes (PTEE) Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cafe-french-a-flaneurs-guide-to-the-language-lore-and-food-of-the-paris-cafe-with-author-l-john-registration-71710286397
Activities, Club Events
Friday, October 25, 2019 - 12:00pm
Members and Public Free
Activities
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, November 07, 2019 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, November 07, 2019 - 6:30pm
Roland De Wolk in conversation with Phil Matier, SF Chronicle
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Readers of Alta Magazine Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-disruptor-the-scandalous-life-of-leland-stanford-with-author-roland-de-wolk-cosponsored-by-registration-72332429243
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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6:30pm
Georges Bataille with author Stuart Kendall with Mark Calkins
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Friends of City Lights Free, Public $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inside-the-magnetic-fields-surrealism-at-100-festival-produced-by-city-lights-booksellers-registration-73364706813
Activities
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:00pm
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Readers of Alta Magazine Free, Friends of Jewish Community Library Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-superwoman-miriam-michelson-and-suffrage-activism-in-san-francisco-with-author-lori-harrison-registration-72333831437
Activities, Club Events
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 12:00pm
Make Your Crime Fiction More Realistic with Adam Plantinga
Members & Public Free
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Activities, Club Events
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 6:00pm
Members & Public Free
Activities
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:30pm
In conversation with MI Executive Director Kimberly Scrafano
Members of Mechanics' Institute Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/secondhand-travels-in-the-new-global-garage-sale-with-author-adam-minter-registration-72334924707
Activities, Club Events
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:00pm
Members and Public Free
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Meet the Author(s), Club Events
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:00pm
With author Gray Brechin
Members & Public Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/imperial-san-francisco-at-20-more-relevant-than-ever-registration-75740723543
Activities
Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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Activities, Club Events
Monday, December 09, 2019 - 6:30pm
Members $5, Public $5
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-plays-the-thing-registration-71118721009
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Activities, Club Events
Friday, December 20, 2019 - 12:00pm
Members & Public Free
Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 6:30pm

LITQUAKE: The Berlin Woman with author Alan Kaufman

When two writers start a volatile affair, their relationship is affected by conflicting political views and a world of rising unrest and xenophobia.

Members & Public Free

Activities
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 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, October 17, 2019 - 12:30pm

LITQUAKE: The State of Water: Understanding California's Most Precious Resource

With author Obi Kaufmann

Award-winning writer Obi Kaufman offers an illustrated guide to the ways we conserve, use, abuse and restore water--the source of life and habitat in California.

Members & Public Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:30pm

LITQUAKE: Cantoras

With author Carolina De Robertis

A revolutionary new novel about five wildly different women who, in the midst of the Uruguayan dictatorship, find each other as lovers, friends, and ultimately family.

Members & Public Free

Activities
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 12:00pm

Writers Lunch: Legal Issues for Writers

A conversation with Robert Pimm and Rick Homan

Join us for a conversation with literary attorney Robert Pimm and author Rick Homan on legal issues commonly faced by writers including how best to collaborate with coauthors and illustrators, how to relate to publishers and literary agents, contract basics, and much more!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 5:00pm

Learn to Play Chess like a Boss: Make Pawns of Your Opponents with Tips and Tricks from a Grandmaster of the Game

With author Patrick Wolff

The path to a perfect checkmate is possible with the advice and techniques of a Grand Master player in this informative and accessible chess book.

Members & Public Free

Activities
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 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, October 24, 2019 - 6:30pm

Cafe French: A Flaneur's Guide to the Language, Lore and Food of the Paris Café

With author L. John Harris

Venez ici! Pull up a chair and sip an aperitif with author L. John Harris who discusses his favorite French cafés and the rituals of café culture in Paris!

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Friends of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes (PTEE) Free
Public $15

Activities
Friday, October 25, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Stay Creative, Corporate Writer!

LD Kirshenbaum wants you to spend one lunch hour a month to maintaining your muse along with your career in copywriting or corporate communications. This lightning workshop packs in a useful discussion as well as writing time. Bring your lunch and preferred writing utensils.

Members and Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 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 07, 2019 - 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, November 07, 2019 - 6:30pm

American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford with author Roland De Wolk. Co-sponsored by Alta Magazine.

Roland De Wolk in conversation with Phil Matier, SF Chronicle

The untold story of Leland Stanford -- from his birth in a backwoods bar to becoming one of America's most powerful and wealthy robber barons of his time.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Readers of Alta Magazine Free
Public $15

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6:30pm

Inside the Magnetic Fields: Surrealism at 100 Festival produced by City Lights Booksellers & Publishing

Georges Bataille with author Stuart Kendall with Mark Calkins

Impossible Surrealism: Georges Bataille and the Surrealist Demand features a conversation about Bataille's themes, manifestos and practices.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Friends of City Lights Free
Public $10

Activities
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 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, November 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

The Superwoman: Miriam Michelson and Suffrage Activism in San Francisco with author Lori Harrison-Kahan in conversation with MI Events Director Laura Sheppard. Co-sponsored by Alta Magazine and the Jewish Community Library, San Francisco.

The life and work of Miriam Michelson, a best-selling San Francisco novelist, revolutionary journalist, and feminist circa 1890, is revealed in this compelling book talk.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Readers of Alta Magazine Free
Friends of Jewish Community Library Free
Public $15

Activities
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 12:00pm

Writers Lunch

Make Your Crime Fiction More Realistic with Adam Plantinga

Ready to make your crime fiction more realistic? Join author and police sergeant Adam Plantinga for a discussion about his first book's rocky road to publication as well as some of the key differences between fictional cops and real cops and why those differences should matter to the author.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 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
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 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, November 21, 2019 - 6:30pm

Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale with author Adam Minter

In conversation with MI Executive Director Kimberly Scrafano

Reuse, recycling, environmental issues and ecology all come together in this book about our stuff and where it goes.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Public $15

Activities
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Stay Creative, Corporate Writer!

LD Kirshenbaum wants you to spend one lunch hour a month to maintaining your muse along with your career in copywriting or corporate communications. This lightning workshop packs in a useful discussion as well as writing time. Bring your lunch and preferred writing utensils.

Members and Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Imperial San Francisco At 20: More Relevant Than Ever

With author Gray Brechin

When U.C. Press published Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin in 1999, it spent 16 weeks on the Chronicle’s best-seller list and has never gone out of publication.

Members & Public Free

Activities
Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 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
Monday, December 09, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

The Play's the Thing

How does a play evolve? How do actors unravel the complexities of characters they portray?

Members $5
Public $5

Activities
Friday, December 20, 2019 - 12:00pm

Writers Lunch: End of Year Party and Book Bazaar

Join the MI writing community for an end of year celebration to honor our writing achievements and MI members who have recently published books. 

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.