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Literary events for week of April 20

<strong>Sunday, April 20</strong>

<strong>Third Sunday Poetry Open Mic,</strong> 12:30 p.m., Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. Donation: $1 to $10. Info, <a href="http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne" target="_blank">lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne</a>

<strong>Tuesday, April 22</strong>

<strong>Hannah Kent, "Burial Rites,"</strong> 6 p.m., <em>Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only T?i, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.</em> Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.

<strong>Murray Silverstein, "Master of Leaves," and Beverly Burch, "How a Mirage Works,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>Beverly Burch's elegant new collection of poetry is an astonishingly stark and honest exploration of rupture and renewal, fearlessly and joyously observed. And the range of subjects in Murray Silverstein's "Master of Leaves" astonishes and delights.</em> City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco. (415) 362-8193.

<strong>Barbara Ehrenreich, "Living With a Wild God,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>Barbara Ehrenreich is one of the most important thinkers of our time. Educated as a scientist, she is an author, journalist, activist, and advocate for social justice. In LIVING WITH A WILD GOD, she recounts her quest-beginning in childhood-to find "the Truth" about the universe and everything else: What's really going on? Why are we here? In middle age, she rediscovered the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence, which records an event so strange, so cataclysmic, that she had never, in all the intervening years, written or spoken about it to anyone. It was the kind of event that people call a "mystical experience"-and, to a steadfast atheist and rationalist, nothing less than shattering. </em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

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