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Moe's literary events began as a weekly poetry reading called Monday@Moe's. Over the years Moe's Books has become one of the premier Bay Area venues to hear novelists, poets, activists, and scholars read from their works. We archive our events in audio and video files that can be accessed from our webpage. Sign up for the Moe's Books events calendar alerts here.

If you are an author who'd like to be considered for a reading, please contact Nick Baranowsky.

All events, unless noted, start at 7:30pm



Poetry Flash presents Stella Beratlis and Christina Hutchins, Thursday, October 8th

Stella Beratlis's debut book of poems is Alkali Sink. Lee Herrick says, “Stella Beratlis writes unforgettable poems that stir inside you long after you've finished reading them. Alkali Sink  is simultaneously domestic and wild, urban and rural, full of surprises and wisdom.” She's widely published in literary journals, including Quercus, California Quarterly, Penumbra, and elsewhere, and she's anthologized in The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems from the San Francisco Bay Watershed, whose title comes from one of her poems. She's also co-editor of More Than Soil, More Than Sky: The Modesto Poets.
Christina Hutchins's new book of poems, to be launched at this event, is Tender the Maker, winner of the May Swenson Award. Cynthia Hogue, judge for the award, says, “Again and again in Christina Hutchin's Tender the Maker, poems startle us into awareness of the overlooked, the nearly always invisible ... and the marvelous, those aspects of life that come under the rubric of ‘mystery,' in all senses of the word. Hutchins combines a pitch-perfect and precise lyricism with a postmodern sensibility of language's materiality.” Previous collections include The Stranger Dissolves, a Lambda Award finalist, and Collecting Light. The first Poet Laureate of the City of Albany, California, she counts among her honors two Barbara Deming Awards, a James Phelan Award, and a fellowship to Summer Literary Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia, where some of the poems in this new book originated.  



Celebrating the Work of Philip Whalen, Friday, October 16th

Poets Steven Lavoie, Pat Nolan, Joanne Kyger,Tinker Greene, Alastair Johnston, Michael Rothenberg and Owen Hill will read from Prolegomena to a Study of the Universe, prose poems written between 1958 and 1963, recently published by Poltroon Press:

Copies of Crowded by Beauty: The Life and Zen of Poet Philip Whalen will also be available for sale.



Poetry Flash presents Marsha de la O and Lisa Erin Robertson, Thursday, October 22nd

Marsha de la O's new book of poems is  Antidote for Night. David Wojahn says, “Her poems are bracing, frightening, and — I would go so far as to say — prophetic.  Antidote for Night is, quite simply, a remarkable accomplishment.” Her first collection,  Black Hope , won the New Issues Press Poetry Prize. She and her husband Phil Taggart live in Ventura, California where they organize events and a reading series and where they edit and publish the literary journal  Askew.  They also founded the annual Ventura Erotic Poetry reading, a popular southern California literary event.
Lisa Erin Robertson's first book of poems is  The Orbit of Known Objects. Edward Falco says, “In the universe of her poems, buried moments cast off their dirt and rise again for the consideration of her readers. Robertson is a poet of exquisite sensibilities, with a generous heart and an eye for the sadness and beauty of our brief, mysterious lives.” She has worked in public health for many years. 


Radical Feminist Madison Young, Friday, October 23rd

Madison Young is a radical feminist artist, author, and filmmaker dedicated to creating space for love. Young grew up in the suburban landscape of Southern Ohio before moving to San Francisco, CA in 2000. Since then, this midwestern gal has dedicated her days to facilitating safe spaces to dialog on the topic of fringe identities and culture as well as documenting healthy expression of sexuality. Young's breath of work in the realm of sexuality spans from documenting our sexual culture in her feminist erotic films to serving as Artistic Director of the forward thinking non-profit arts on the topic of sexuality, feminist porn studies, and the politics of BDSM around the world at institutions such as Yale University, Hampshire College, Northwestern University, University of Toronto, University of Minnesota, and UC Berkeley. Her writings have appeared in The Power, Best Sex Writing of 2013, Coming Out Like a Porn Star, Johns, Ultimate Guide to Kink, Baby Remember My Name, Rope, Bondage, and Marks, Tricks and Chickenhawks, and her forthcoming book the DIY Porn Manual: Documenting On Our Own Sexual Revolution. Madison Young resides and works in Berkeley, CA.
In a world filled with constant change, we are all looking for a heroic figure.  For Madison Young, that hero that we are in search of, is Daddy.  Daddy explores Young's interwoven relationships with the men in her life from the fraught relationship with her biological father to the BDSM “leather daddies” that lead her on a journey of sexual revelation, both on and off camera.  When Young finally finds the Daddy that she has been searching for her fairytale quest is shattered with the flawed realities of human nature that exists outside of this little girl's fantasy.


Project Censored book release, Saturday, October 24th at 7:00pm

Join Mickey Huff, Andy Lee Roth, and a host of others for a celebrations of the latest collection of censorship in the U.S. and abroad! The annual yearbook from Project Censored features the year's most underreported news stories, striving to unmask censorship, self-censorship, and propaganda in corporate-controlled media outlets. Censored 2016 features the top-25 most underreported stories, as voted by scholars, journalists, and activists across the country and around the world, as well as chapters exploring timely issues from the previous year with more in-depth analysis.


Film Critic David Thomson on his new book, How to Watch a Movie, Friday, November 6th

DAVID THOMSON  has written about film for  The Guardian, The Independent, The New York Times, The New Republic, Salon, Movieline, Film Comment,  and  Sight & Sound . He is the author of more than thirty books on film, including  The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, Rosebud: The Story of Orson Welles,  and  The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood.  He lives in San Francisco.
From one of the most admired critics of our time, brilliant insights into the act of watching movies and an enlightening discussion about how to derive more from any film experience.

Since first publishing his landmark Biographical Dictionary of Film in 1975 (recently released in its sixth edition), David Thomson has been one of our most provocative authorities on all things cinema. Now he offers his most inventive exploration of the medium yet: guiding us through each element of the viewing experience, considering the significance of everything from what we see and hear on-screen—actors, shots, cuts, dialogue, music—to the specifics of how, where, and with whom we do the viewing.

With customary candor and wit, Thomson delivers keen analyses of a range of films from classics such as Psycho and Citizen Kane to contemporary fare such as 12 Years a Slave and All Is Lost, revealing how to more deeply appreciate both the artistry and (yes) manipulation of film, and how watching movies approaches something like watching life itself.

Discerning, funny, and utterly unique, How to Watch a Movie is a welcome twist on a classic proverb: Give a movie fan a film, she'll be entertained for an hour or two; teach a movie fan to watch, his experience will be enriched forever.


Kris Hermes, author of Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000, Wednesday, November 11th

Kris Hermes is a Bay Area–based activist who has worked for nearly thirty years on social justice issues. Organizing with ACT UP Philadelphia in the late 1990s spurred his interest in legal support work and led to his years-long involvement with R2K Legal. Since 2000, Hermes has been an active, award-winning legal worker-member of the National Lawyers Guild and has been a part of numerous law collectives and legal support efforts over the years. In this capacity, he has organized dozens of press conference and spoken at numerous community meetings, political conferences, book fairs, and other similar events across the U.S. Hermes has written extensively in his professional career as a media worker and as a legal activist.

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States—and dissidents in particular—have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to spy on Americans and undermine meaningful social change are greatly enhanced by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations. Normally associated with the realities of a post-9/11 world, Crashing the Party shows how these developments were already being set in motion during the Republican National Convention (RNC) protests in 2000. It also documents how, in response, dissidents confronted new forms of political repression by pushing legal boundaries and establishing new models of collective resistance.

Crashing the Party explains how the events of 2000 acted as a testing ground in which Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney was able to develop repressive methods of policing that have been used extensively across the U.S. ever since. At the same time, these events also provided a laboratory for the radical, innovative, and confrontational forms of legal support carried out by R2K Legal, a defendant-led collective that raised unprecedented amounts of money for legal defense, used a unique form of court solidarity to overcome hundreds of serious charges, and implemented a PR campaign that turned the tide of public opinion in favor of dissidents. While much has been written about the global-justice era of struggle, little attention has been paid to the legal struggles of the period or the renewed use of solidarity tactics in jail and the courtroom that made them possible. By analyzing the successes and failures of these tactics, Crashing the Party offers rare insight into the mechanics and concrete effects of such resistance. In this way, it is an invaluable resource for those seeking to confront today's renewed counterintelligence tactics.


Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, Wednesday, November 18th

With a BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, an MA in the History of Art, an MRes in Social Research, a PhD in Sociology and a decade of experience as a curator of contemporary art, Dr. Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt is a Renaissance woman. Increasingly deploying an investigative approach, she has scrutinised the devolution of cultural provision from local government to the private sector. As Researcher-in-Residence at the Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry, she interrogated claims of culture-led regeneration being made in relation to the first incarnation of UK City of Culture. As Research Associate at Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University, she compiled an international evidence base around the longitudinal relationship between arts engagement and health, which tentatively demonstrated a positive association between attending arts events and longer lives better lived.

Grounded in painstaking research, To Defend the Revolution Is to Defend Culture revisits the circumstances which led to the arts being embraced at the heart of the Cuban Revolution. Introducing the main protagonists to the debate, this previously untold story follows the polemical twists and turns that ensued in the volatile atmosphere of the 1960s and '70s. The picture that emerges is of a struggle for dominance between Soviet-derived approaches and a uniquely Cuban response to the arts under socialism. The latter tendency, which eventually won out, was based on the principles of Marxist humanism. As such, this book foregrounds emancipatory understandings of culture.

To Defend the Revolution Is to Defend Culture takes its title from a slogan – devised by artists and writers at a meeting in October 1960 and adopted by the First National Congress of Writers and Artists the following August – which sought to highlight the intrinsic importance of culture to the Revolution. Departing from popular top-down conceptions of Cuban policy-formation, this book establishes the close involvement of the Cuban people in cultural processes and the contribution of Cuba's artists and writers to the policy and praxis of the Revolution. Ample space is dedicated to discussions that remain hugely pertinent to those working in the cultural field, such as the relationship between art and ideology, engagement and autonomy, form and content. As the capitalist world struggles to articulate the value of the arts in anything other than economic terms, this book provides us with an entirely different way of thinking about culture and the policies underlying it.


Paul Grushkin, author of Art of Rock, Wednesday, December 2nd

Electric, outrageous, erotic, blatant, vital. The adjectives that describe rock music also apply to the artwork created to sell it. Add to this list sumptous, dazzling, defintive, ultimate, and you've describe The Art of Rock as well.

From the 1950s through today, here is the complete visual history of the rock concert poster: the funkiest bills advertising Elvis, B.B. King, and Howlin' Wolf; the multicolored psychedelic hallucinations promoting the Grateful Dead, Dylan, and the Doors; the deliciously tasteless art for the Sex Pistols, Crime, and the Clash. From the Red Dog Saloon in San Francisco, where the psychedelic scene started, to CBGB, New York's punk Mecca, and beyond. 1,500 images searched out world-wide from clubs, attics, and bedrooms--as well as more formal collections--are reproduced in their original blazing colors.

Replete with firsthand history--exclusive interviews with scores of insiders, poster artists, musicans, promoters--this is the ultimate high for the rock music fan, required reading for the poster collector, a treasure trove for the graphic artist, and a riotous feast for anyone who digs pop culture.

Paul Grushkin , noted rock-music historian, has been collecting concert posters since 1969. His other books include The Art of Modern Rock and Rockin' Down the Highway: The Cars that Made Rock Roll .