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

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Actors Reading Writers: Popular local actors read modern and classic short stories every first Monday of the month. First Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m., free. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant (at Ellsworth), Berkeley, 510-843-4822.

Brent Cunningham and Eileen Myles: The poets-performers read from their latest work. Thu., April 28, 8 p.m., $4-$6. New Langton Arts, 1246 Folsom (at Eighth St.), 626-5416, www.newlangtonarts.org.

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.

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

First Sundays Queer Fiction Book of the Month Group: Each month the readers tackle a different queer book and discuss it at the next meeting. First Sunday of every month, 4 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.

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.

James Dalessandro: The author reads from his book 1906: A Novel, which is out just one year before the 100th anniversary of its subject: the Great San Francisco Earthquake. Sat., April 30, 5 p.m., free, 292-6045. Barnes & Noble/Fisherman's Wharf, 2550 Taylor, 292-6762.

John Markoff: The author reads from his book, What the DorMouse Said: How '60s Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry. Tue., May 3, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

Judy Chicago: The illustrator's new book, Kitty City: A Feline Book of Hours, chronicles the activities of our beloved companions. A cat adoption is also planned. Sun., May 1, 2 p.m., free, www.codysbooks.com. Cody's Books/Fourth Street, 1730 Fourth St. (at Virginia), Berkeley, 510-559-9500.

K'vetsch: A regular queer open mike hosted by Tara Jepsen and Lynn Breedlove. Sign up begins at 7:30. First Sunday of every month, 8 p.m., free. Sadie's Flying Elephant, 491 Potrero (at Mariposa), 551-7988.

Mark Haskell Smith: The author reads from his crime novel Delicious, which reviewers have described as "Carl Hiaasen meets Hannibal Lecter." Tue., May 3, 7 p.m., free, www.bookpassage.com. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Michael Joseph Gross: The author reads from his book Starstruck: When a Fan Gets Close to Fame. Fri., April 29, 7 p.m., free, 431-0891, www.adlbooks.com.

Open Mike Fridays: Authors are invited to read from their work at this regular open mike event. Fridays, 8 p.m., free. Cafe International, 508 Haight (at Fillmore), 552-7390.

P.J. Tracy: The mystery mother-daughter writing team that goes by the name P.J. Tracy reads from their latest book, Dead Run. Wed., April 27, 7 p.m., free. M Is for Mystery, 86 East Third Avenue, San Mateo, 650-401-8077, www.mformystery.com.

Poetry and Pizza: Your donation gives you license to attack an all-you-can-eat buffet of thin-crust New Yorkstyle pizza as you dig the work of local bards. Last Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m., $5, www.poetryandpizza.homestead.com. Escape From New York Pizza, 333 Bush Street (at Kearny), 421-0700.

Queer Open Mic: Queer spoken-word artists and writers read from their work twice monthly. Second and Fourth Friday of every month, 8 p.m., $1-3. The Center, 1800 Market (at McCoppin), 865-5555, www.sfcenter.org.

Retool and Grind: Monthly open mike for musicians, poets, dancers, and others with a yen to command the stage for five minutes at a time. FTMs and those who love em are the staple performers. Last Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m., free. Eros, 2051 Market (at Church), 864-3767, www.erossf.com.

R.W. Apple Jr. & Calvin Trillin: Two of America's best eaters -- and writers -- engage each other in what is sure to be a rip-roaring conversation. Thu., April 28, 8 p.m., $20, www.cityarts.net. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), 392-4400.

Sarah Vowell: The witty writer and NPR commentator reads from her latest book, Assassination Vacation. Wed., April 27, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

Steve Almond: The author reads from The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories. Thu., April 28, 7 p.m. Booksmith, 1644 Haight (at Cole), 863-8688, www.booksmith.com.

Sundays at Cafe Prague: Each week a featured reader presents his or her work, after which the mike is open to others who wish to read; all potential readers must arrive by 4 p.m. Sundays, 5:30 p.m., Free. Cafe Prague, 584 Pacific (at Columbus), 433-3811.

Tuesday at Pat's Cafe Reading Series: Each weekly formal reading is followed by an open mike session for fledgling writers. Tuesdays, 7 p.m., free. Pat's Cafe, 2330 Taylor (at Columbus), 905-8837.

The Vowel Movement: A monthly all-ages beatboxing event hosted by Kid Beyond and Tim Barsky. First Tuesday of every month, $7-$15. Studio Z, 314 11th St. (at Folsom), 252-7666, www.studioz.tv.

Weekly Open Mike/Talent Showcase: Poets, musicians, and comics are invited to step right up and present their act to a waiting audience. All present are also eligible to win four free hours of studio recording time. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., free. The Canvas Cafe and Gallery, 1200 Ninth Ave. (at Lincoln), 504-0060, www.thecanvasgallery.com.

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