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Silent Reading Party Returns to San Francisco

An event where people are invited to bring a book and read it in silence returns to San Francisco this week.

The Silent Reading Party takes place on the first Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. at Hotel Rex. Readers are expected to supply their own books, but they can order from a food and drink menu, with drink proceeds earmarked for an underserved branch of the San Francisco Public Library.

The party, which began in April and was dubbed an "anti-social social event" by Newsweek, is the brainchild of author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) and Radio Silence editor Dan Stone.

Handler told SFGate where cell phones belonged at the inaugural event: "There will be a special section for partygoers who are texting and scrolling Instagram instead of reading. The section is in a grimy puddle outside."

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