When Action Fiction! started hosting professional actors performing the stories of local writers, not too many people questioned their motives. Anyone who's been to a reading knows that some writers just don't read with the same passion with which they fill the page. The solution to what sometimes seems to be an age-old problem has been popular from the start, attracting crowds to unique locations such as the William Westerfeld Mansion and atop Oakland's Tribune Tower. To celebrate its second anniversary, Action Fiction! returns to Chicken John's warehouse Chez Poulet, which is itself worth the trip. As always, the cast of writers — some returning to the series, some first-timers — represents a wide array of talents: SFSU professor and acclaimed novelist Nona Caspers, winner of the San Francisco Foundation's Joseph Henry Jackson Award Muthoni Kiarie, and fierce up-and-comer Shruti Swamy are among them. Take a date, have a seat with the authors, and watch their stories come to life. Yes, there will be cake.