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Our guide to readings, spoken word, and other literary events

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Pearl Abraham: The author of the novel The Seventh Beggar reads from her work. Thu., Feb. 24, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

David Block: The author reads from and discusses his book, Baseball Before We Knew It: A Search for the Roots of the Game. Wed., Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., free. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia (at 20th St.), 282-9246, www.mtbs.com.

Book Art Craft Share: Learn creative binding techniques and other bookmaking tricks at this crafty event. Thu., Feb. 24, 7 p.m., free. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia (at 20th St.), 282-9246, www.mtbs.com.

Charles Karel Bouley: The outspoken radio talk-show host reads from his book, You Can't Say That. Fri., Feb. 25, 7 p.m., free. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-0891.

Susie Bright: The author reads from the collection of naughty tales, Best American Erotica 2005. Fri., Feb. 25, 12:30 p.m., free. Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.

Rita Mae Brown: Hear Ms. Brown read from her Mrs. Murphy whodunit (written in collaboration with her cat, Sneaky Pie Brown), Cat's Eyewitness. Wed., Feb. 23, 12:30 p.m., free. Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.

Judy Budnitz: The author reads from her book of short stories, Nice Big American Baby. Mon., Feb. 28, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Celebration of the Word: This regular event features an open mike for writers hosted by Jeanne Powell. Mondays, 7 p.m., free. Perry's Joint, 1661 Fillmore (at Post), 931-5260.

Children's Story Time: Each week children aged 3 to 7 are invited to hear stories with a natural bent. Saturdays, 11 a.m., free with museum admission, free-$7. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard (at Fifth St.), 750-7145, www.calacademy.org.

Kate Coleman: The author of The Secret Wars of Judi Bari: A Car Bomb, the Fight for the Redwoods, and the End of Earth First discusses her book. Mon., Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

Abha Dawesar: The author author of Babyji reads from her work. Thu., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Castro, 2275 Market (at 16th St.), 864-6777, www.booksinc.net.

Steve Erickson: The author reads from his new novel, Our Ecstatic Days. Mon., Feb. 28, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

Evening of Found Text: Audience members are encouraged to bring in and share odd bits of found writing including advertisements, newspapers, notes, and other ephemera. 24th of every month, 8 p.m., $5-10. Off-Market Studio, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 896-6477, www.cafearts.com.

An Evening With The Maltese Falcon: Julie Rivett (Dashiell Hammett's granddaughter) and fans of Hammett's classic book discuss the novel's place in American culture. Thu., Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m., free. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4200.

An Evening With the Reverend Jim Wallis: The Rev. Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourners Magazine and author of God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It discusses his book. Thu., Feb. 24, 8 p.m., $10. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California (at Taylor), 749-6350.

Robert Eversz: The author of Digging James Dean: A Nina Zero Novel reads from his work. Wed., Feb. 23, 7 p.m., free. Books Inc./Laurel Village, 3515 California (at Locust), 221-3666.

Family Storytimes: Parents and kids ages 2-6 are read to at various library branches. Daily, free, www.sfpl.org. Multiple locations, multiple addresses within San Francisco.

Afton Fraser: The author signs her book Hollywood Picks the Classics: A Guide for the Beginner and the Aficionado, a film tome that focuses on films made from 1930 to 1960. Thu., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., free. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-0891.

Friday Night Poetry at the Yak: Spoken word, open mike, and acoustic music are the fare at this regular event. Fridays, 7:30 p.m., free. Yakkety Yak Coffeehouse, 679 Sutter (at Taylor), 351-2090.

From the Page to the Stage: A 10-week workshop for young poets and MCs who want to perform their work onstage. Mondays, 4 p.m. Continues through April 1, free. Youth Speaks, 2169 Folsom (at 18th St.), 255-9035.

GenderEnders: Monthly series of spoken word/music events where the performers are cheerfully queer and the audience is even more so. First Tuesday of every month, 8:30 p.m., $4-$7. Cherry Bar & Lounge, 917 Folsom (at Fifth St.), 974-1585, www.thecherrybar.com.

Andrew Sean Greer: The author celebrates the paperback release of his novel, The Confessions of Max Tivoli. Tue., March 1, 12:30 p.m., free. Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.

Deanna Gumina: The author discusses her A Woman of Certain Importance, the biography of the late great San Francisco writer Kathleen Norris. Thu., Feb. 24, 7 p.m., free. Books Inc./Laurel Village, 3515 California (at Locust), 221-3666.

Kevin Hoover: The author reads from The Police Log II: The Nimrod Imbroglios. Sun., Feb. 27, 7 p.m. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro (at 24th St.), 282-8080, www.covertocoversf.com.

J.G. Ballard: Quotes and J.G. Ballard: Interviews: Author V. Vale and guests discuss two new books on "the British William Burroughs." Thu., Feb. 24, 7 p.m. City Lights, 261 Columbus (at Broadway), 362-8193, www.citylights.com.

Chang-rae Lee: The author of Native Speaker and A Gesture Life reads from his latest novel, Aloft. Tue., March 1, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

Peter Lefcourt: The author discusses his satirical novel, The Manhattan Beach Project. Thu., Feb. 24, 7 p.m., free. Borders Books & Music, 400 Post (at Powell), 399-1633.

Let the People Speak: The International Women's Writing Guild celebrates Black History month with authors Kokomon Clottey and Aeeshah Arabio-Clottey. Sun., Feb. 27, 3 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

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