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Picks of the week: For free (mostly)

Now that you’re done with midterms, the last thing you’ll probably want to do is study some more. But why not take the opportunity to learn some new things while your brain’s still a sponge and explore the Bay Area at the same time? From the history of west American
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First-ever Bay Area Book Festival delights

What do slam poetry, Scandinavian crime fiction and NaNoWriMo bumper stickers have in common? All made an appearance last weekend in Berkeley, where the inaugural Bay Area Book Festival transformed 10 blocks Downtown into a multimedia explosion of bookish debris. The festival, different from other literary festival in the area
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Weekender Picks

The New York Times Magazine had six second graders eat at a very fancy restaurant in Manhattan and filmed it. The video will probably make you smile. — Anya Schultz San Francisco’s annual literary festival, Litquake, is this week. Friday and Saturday mark its final two days, and you can
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PSA: Litquake hosting literary events in SF until Oct. 18

If last week’s Hackathon wasn’t up your alley and this week’s football game isn’t quite your speed, maybe you need another cultural event to attend this week. We at the Clog have good news for you: We found just the right thing. We’re talking about Litquake, a week of literature-related
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Delia Ephron at Litquake SF

I’m sitting in the back of a large exhibition room in some back-alley arts space, listening to the dangerous and absorbing and totally addictive rapture of Delia Ephron telling a story about working for a very mean man. “But he wasn’t mean to me,” she said. “So I didn’t know
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‘The Worst!’ at SF Lit Crawl

Reasons to tell your most embarrassing story to a group of total strangers: 1) Boredom. 2) You’re a writer! Writing and living in the city is totally the dream and cool, and you’re making tons of money while having the time of your life. People want to hear what you
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