Events

Are you interested in literary events? If so, please sign up below to receive invitations to Moe’s Books special happenings.

Although reading is a solitary activity it can often lead to essential public discussion. For this reason, Moe’s began curating literary events in the late nineties. Since then the “basement series” has become an important part of Bay Area literary culture. Poets and novelists, activists and scholars have been invited to talk about their work. Please join us for a lively and thoughtful conversation in our enormous scholarly bookstore.

If you are an author who'd like to be considered for a reading, please email owen@moesbooks.com.

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

June 22: Cal Freeman and Janet Hamill

August 7: Novelist Justin McFarr

June 22nd: Poetry Flash Presents Cal Freeman and Janet Hamill

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Cal Freeman’s latest book of poems is Brother of Leaving. Alan Michael Parker says, “Cal Freeman’s a poet who measures the world and constructs, at angles, a whole shining city, a self-portrait he calls Detroit. With a bardic poignancy Brother of Leaving hums the sorrowful anthem of capitalism and its discontents. Pretty as a trash fire, and sad as a mirror, these are poems to remember.” He is the author of the chapbook Heard Among the Windbreak, and his second full-length collection, Fight Songs, is forthcoming in the fall.

Janet Hamill’s new book of poems is Knock. Patti Smith says, “Janet Hamill’s Knock is intensely visual and invigorating…This is an ambitious work, rich with unexpected juxtapositions—Casanova and the Huns, Rothko and Goat’s Head Soup. A bounteous world into which we’re drawn by one of our true poets.” Among her six published books of poetry and fiction are Nostalgia of the Infinite, Lost Ceilings, Body of Water, and The Eternal Café. Widely published in literary journals, her work has been anthologized in Up Late: American Poetry Since 1970, Bowery Women Poems, and elsewhere. A strong proponent of spoken word, she’s read at The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church, CBGB’s Gallery, Seatle’s Bumbershoot Festival, Patti Smith’s Meltdown Festival in London, and many other festivals and venues. In collaboration with the band Lost Ceilings she’s released two CDs of spoken word and music, Flying Nowhere and Genie of the Alphabet.

August 7th: Novelist Justin McFarr on his book The Bear Who Broke the World

Moe's welcomes first time novelist Justin McFarr as we help him launch The Bear Who Broke the World.

Justin McFarr grew up in the Bay Area during the 70’s and 80’s as a latchkey kid. He is a proud graduate of both UCLA and the MPW program at USC, and has attended the New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. His short stories have been published in numerous magazines and online journals, and will be collected in the forthcoming Controlled Chaos: Stories from Wheeler Street Press. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his family. The Bear Who Broke The World is his first novel.

About The Bear Who Broke the World:

1976. Berkeley, California. 11-year-old Daedalus Stephen O’Neill and his 6-year-old brother Demian spend the Bicentennial summer struggling to find normalcy and refuge from the dangerous indifference of the adults that surround them. With an impetuous mother, an unpredictable boyfriend, and a menacing neighbor to protect themselves against, the brothers are forced to navigate their own way through an unrestrained world of drugs, alcohol, and sexual activity.

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