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

APAture: Through Sept. 30, $10-$20, www.apature.org. Multiple San Francisco locations, multiple addresses within San Francisco.

Jane Bay: The author reads from Love and Loss: A Story About Life, Death, and Rebirth. Thu., Sept. 28, 7 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Stockton, 2 Stockton (at Ellis), 773-0444, www.codysbooks.com.

Hal Zina Bennett: The author and others read from Reads: An Anthology of Writings by the Lakeside Writers Guild. Sat., Sept. 30, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Bookarts Users Group: BUG, the Bookarts Users Group, meets the first Tuesday of each month. At BUG, you can meet other book artists, brainstorm solutions for problems, swap materials, and share sources of information. Call for times. First Tuesday of every month, free. San Francisco Center for the Book, 300 De Haro (at 16th St.), 565-0545, www.sfcb.org.

Susan Taylor Brown: The author reads from Hugging the Rock. Wed., Sept. 27, 7 p.m., free. Books Inc./Mountain View, 301 Castro Street (at Dana St.), Mountain View, 650-428-1234, 650-428-1234.

Stephen Cannell: The author reads from White Sister: A Shane Scully Novel. Tue., Oct. 3, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, Ferry Building (Embarcadero & Market), 835-1020, www.bookpassage.com.

Andrew Carroll: The author reads from Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front in the Words of US Troops and Their Families. Tue., Oct. 3, 7 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Stockton, 2 Stockton (at Ellis), 773-0444, www.codysbooks.com.

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.

Shawn Decker: The author reads from My Pet Virus: The True Story of a Rebel Without a Cure. Wed., Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Street (at Golden Gate), 776-1111, www.booksinc.net.

Shawn Decker: The author reads from My Pet Virus. Thu., Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m., free. Book Passage, Ferry Building (Embarcadero & Market), 835-1020, www.bookpassage.com.

Drop-In Writer's Group: Join other writers for a read-and-critique session led by Marnie Webb. Every other Tuesday, 6 p.m., free. Laurel Book Store, 4100 MacArthur (at 38th Ave.), Oakland, 510-531-2073.

Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Book Discussion Group: A book discussion group; open to all. Call for information. Fourth Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., 355-5616. Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Branch Library, 3555 16th St. (at Market), 554-9445.

Stuart Ewan: The author reads from Typecasting: On the Arts and Sciences of Human Inequality. Wed., Sept. 27, 7 p.m. City Lights, 261 Columbus (at Broadway), 362-8193, www.citylights.com.

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

David & Sabrineh Fideler: The authors read from Love's Alchemy: Poems From the Sufi Tradition. Wed., Sept. 27, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

First Fiction Book Club: The First Fiction Book Club, in conjunction with One City One Book, discusses The Hummingbird's Daughter with the author, Luis Alberto Urrea, via teleconference. Tue., Oct. 3, 7 p.m., free. Books Inc./Laurel Village, 3515 California (at Locust), 221-3666.

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.

Chadine Flood Gong: Chadine Flood Gong and Lisa Parramore read from Living with Japanese Gardens. Thu., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Mountain View, 301 Castro Street (at Dana St.), Mountain View, 650-428-1234, 650-428-1234.

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.

Joe Gores: The author reads from Glass Tiger. Tue., Oct. 3, 1 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Joe Gores: The author reads from Glass Tiger. Tue., Oct. 3, 7 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Fourth Street, 1730 Fourth St. (at Virginia), Berkeley, 510-559-9500.

Jane Hamilton: The author reads from When Madeline Was Young. Tue., Oct. 3, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Liz Hockinson & Kathryn Otoshi: The authors read from Marcello the Movie Mouse. Sat., Sept. 30, 4 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Stockton, 2 Stockton (at Ellis), 773-0444, www.codysbooks.com.

David Kamp: The author reads from The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation. Fri., Sept. 29, 7 p.m., free. 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.

Jim LaMarche: The author reads from Up. Wed., Sept. 27, 10 a.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Michael Lewis: The author of The Blindside and Moneyball in conversation with Roy Eisenhardt. Fri., Sept. 29, noon, $15. Commonwealth Club, 595 Market (at Second St.), 597-6701, www.commonwealthclub.org.

Brad Meltzer: The author reads from The Book of Fate. Thu., Sept. 28, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Amy Meyer: Join Amy Meyer, author of New Guardians of the Golden Gate #208 How America Got a Great National Park, for a special evening presentation. Thu., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., free. Randall Museum, 199 Museum (at Roosevelt), 554-9600, www.randallmuseum.org.

Thomas Mullen: The author reads from The Last Town on Earth. Fri., Sept. 29, 1 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

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.

Book release party for ParaSpheres: Extending Beyond the Spheres of Literary and Genre Fiction: Contributors Charlie Anders, Rikki Ducornet, Laura Moriarty, Rudy Rucker, Stephen Shugart, Mark Wallace, William Luvaas read from the book. Thu., Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m., free. City Lights, 261 Columbus (at Broadway), 362-8193, www.citylights.com.

Poetry and Pizza: Your donation gives you license to attack an all-you-can-eat buffet of thin-crust New York-style 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.

John Pomfret: The author reads from Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China. Thu., Sept. 28, 12:30 p.m., free. Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.

John Pomfret: The author reads from Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China. Thu., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Alameda, 1344 Park Street, Alameda, 510-522-2226, www.booksinc.net.

Queer Open Mic: Queer spoken-word artists and writers read from their work twice monthly at the center's Three Dollar Bill Café. Second and Fourth Friday of every month, 8 p.m., $1-$3. SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555.

Reception for The Moment of Seeing: Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts: Stephanie Comer and Deborah Klochko talk about the history of the first fine-art photography department in the United States. Sun., Oct. 1, 5 p.m., free. City Lights, 261 Columbus (at Broadway), 362-8193, www.citylights.com.

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 them are the staple performers. Last Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m., free. Eros, 2051 Market (at Church), 864-3767, www.erossf.com.

Chad Robertson: The author and chef talks about Tartine with Elisabeth Pruett. Sat., Sept. 30, 2 p.m., free. Book Passage, Ferry Building (Embarcadero & Market), 835-1020, www.bookpassage.com.

Jed Rubenfeld: The author reads from The Interpretation of Murder. Thu., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Street (at Golden Gate), 776-1111, www.booksinc.net.

Jed Rubenfeld: The author reads from The Interpretation of Murder. Fri., Sept. 29, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

San Francisco Literary Walking Tour: A two-hour meander through North Beach and Chinatown to look at the apartment buildings, cafes, bookstores, and bars frequented by famous writers of the past. Meet at City Lights, 261 Columbus (at Broadway). Saturdays, noon, $25, 441-0140.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Group Meeting: A meeting for genre writers. Fourth and Second Thursday of every month, 6 p.m., free. Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia (at 20th St.), 824-8203, www.borderlands-books.com.

John Stauber: The author reads from The Best War Ever: Lies, Damned Lies, and the Mess in Iraq. Wed., Sept. 27, 7 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Fourth Street, 1730 Fourth St. (at Virginia), Berkeley, 510-559-9500.

John Stauber: The author reads from The Best War Ever: Lies, Damned Lies, and the Mess in Iraq. Wed., Sept. 27, 12:30 p.m., free. Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.

John Stauber: The author reads from The Best War Ever: Lies, Damned Lies, and the Mess in Iraq. Thu., Sept. 28, 7 p.m., free. Booksmith, 1644 Haight (at Cole), 863-8688, www.booksmith.com.

Shelby Steele: The author reads from White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era. Tue., Oct. 3, 6 p.m., $15. Commonwealth Club, 595 Market (at Second St.), 597-6701, www.commonwealthclub.org.

Autumn Stephens: The editor and author reads from The Secret Lives of Lawfully Wedded Wives. Sat., Sept. 30, 7 p.m., free. A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle (at Montclair Village), Oakland, 510-339-8210.

Story Time in the Library: Kids aged 4 to 8 are encouraged to sit back and hear stories about nature and science. First Sunday of every month, 11 a.m.; Third Sunday of every month, 10:30 a.m., free. San Francisco Botanical Garden, Ninth Ave. & Lincoln Way (Golden Gate Park), 661-1316.

David Thomson: The author reads from Nicole Kidman. Thu., Sept. 28, 7 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Fourth Street, 1730 Fourth St. (at Virginia), Berkeley, 510-559-9500.

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.

Ernest Weil: The author and founder of the bakery Fantasia Confections reads from Love to Bake Pastry Cookbook. Sat., Sept. 30, 2 p.m., free. Books Inc./Laurel Village, 3515 California (at Locust), 221-3666.

S. Clay Wilson: A book release party for The Art of S. Clay Wilson. Wed., Sept. 27, 7 p.m., www.greenapplebooks.com. Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary (at Larkin), 885-4074, www.castlenews.com.

Word Beat Reading Series: Readings are followed by an open mike hosted by David Gollub, Debra Grace Khattab, and Jeremy Morris Siegel. Occurs on the first and third Thursday of every month. Daily, 7 p.m., free. Mediterraneum Caffe, 2475 Telegraph Ave. (at Dwight), Berkeley, 510-549-1128.

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