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San Francisco’s 12th annual literary festival is a nine-day extravaganza featuring some 800 writers, hundreds of readings and dozens of panels. Many events are free.
The Fighter and the Writer: Litquake presents the Barbary Coast Award to Ishmael Reed
From his first novel, “The Free-Lance Pallbearers” (1967), to his latest, “Juice!” (2011), and through poetry, plays, essays and anthologies, iconoclastic trailblazer Ishmael Reed has pointedly highlighted our nation’s political and cultural repression. He has been instrumental in exposing the work of new authors through the online literary magazine Konch and the Ishmael Reed Publishing Company. He is also a jazz pianist and lyricist. Tonight’s celebration, emceed by W. Kamau Bell, features music, poetry, tributes and drama in honor of Reed and his contributions to the Bay Area literary scene. [Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F. $12 advance, $15 at the door, www.brownpapertickets.com]
WHO’S IN TOWN
Indian environmentalist, scientist and activist Vandana Shiva is a keynote speaker at the 2011 Slow Money National Gathering, which takes place today through Friday in San Francisco. [9 a.m. onward (Shiva’s talk begins at 11 a.m.), Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street,, S.F.]
Alex Perry: Time magazine’s Africa Bureau chief presents a portrait of modern Africa and discusses how the fight against malaria is revolutionizing foreign aid and development. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]
Jacob N. Foster: The attorney, who served in the Immediate Office of the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, looks at the complexities of international criminal justice. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
China’s power surge: Speakers discuss China’s commitment to clean technologies and what China’s green juggernaut means to the rest of the world. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
Market Street: Shaping San Francisco presents a public talk on the history, design and future of San Francisco’s Market Street. [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]
Daniel Woodrell: The author of the novel “Winter’s Bone” talks about “The Outlaw Album.” [1 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.; 7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]
Gay poetry: Performance poet Baruch Porras-Hernandez presents his “Big Gay Poetry Show.” Special guest: spoken-word veteran and slam poet Regie Cabico. [8 p.m., the Garage, 975 Howard St., S.F.]
At the colleges
Stage performance: Actor and educator Fred Morsell performs the play “Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass.” [7:30 p.m., Pigott Theatre, Stanford University, Stanford]
At the public library
Aaron Pope: The California Academy of Sciences’ manager of sustainability programs leads a program on natural solutions we all can employ to ease our impact on the planet. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]
Alex Saragoza: The UC Berkeley professor discusses U.S.-Cuba relations and possible paths toward a resolution to the divide between the two nations. [7 p.m., Los Altos Public Library, 13 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos]
Pop music: Singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat brings her “All of You” tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]
LGBT job fair: The San Francisco LGBT Community Center hosts its 25th Job Fair, an event featuring job information, workshops and LGBT-friendly employers. [1 to 4 p.m., 1800 Market St., S.F.; www.sfcenter.org]
Candidate debate: Sheriff candidates Paul Miyamoto, Ross Mirkarimi and Chris Cunnie discuss their stances on the issues. [6 p.m., USF, Lone Mountain 100, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]
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