Further Browsing

Samina Ali: The author discusses her book, Madras on Rainy Days. Mon., Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

Peter Carey: The author reads from his latest book, Wrong About Japan: A Father's Journey With His Son. Wed., Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

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! reads from her work. Wed., Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m., free. Black Oak Books/SF, 540 Broadway (at Columbus), 986-3872.

Christopher Cook: The author reads from his book about food and the environment, Diet for a Dead Planet. Wed., Jan. 26, 12:30 p.m., free. Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.

Douglas Coupland: The author of Generation X returns with Eleanor Rigby. Sat., Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

Jared Diamond: The ecologist, evolutionary biologist, and author (most recently of Collapse) speaks about his work with Nina Jablonski. Wed., Jan. 26, 8 p.m., $10-20. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), 392-4400.

Eihei Dogen: The Zen master and founder of the school of Soto Zen reads from his latest work, Dogen's Extensive Record. Thu., Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m., free. Black Oak Books/Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck (at Vine), Berkeley, 510-486-0698.

Kim Dower: The author reads from her book about making good impressions, Life Is a Series of Presentations. Fri., Jan. 28, 12:30 p.m., free. Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.

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.

Gay Artists and Writers Kollective Open Mic Night: Jon Sugar hosts an open mic night for all queer people in the arts including comics, bands, poets, and others. Sat., Jan. 29, 7 p.m., free. Magnet, 4122 18th St. (at Castro), 581-1600, www.magnetsf.org.

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.

Laurence Gonzales: The author reads from his book Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why. Mon., Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., free. Black Oak Books/Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck (at Vine), Berkeley, 510-486-0698.

Pam Houston: The author of Sight Hound reads from her work. Mon., Jan. 31, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

The Kitchen Sisters: The hostesses of NPR's "Lost & Found Sound" (and authors of the book Lost & Found Sound and Beyond) discuss their work. Tue., Feb. 1, 7 p.m., free. Booksmith, 1644 Haight (at Cole), 863-8688, www.booksmith.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.

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.

Poets' Theater Jamboree: The annual showcase features poetry as read by actors, playwrights, and directors. Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Jan. 28, $10 per event. California College of the Arts/SF, 1111 Eighth St. (at Wisconsin), 703-9500.

William Powers: The author reads from Blue Clay People: Seasons on Africa's Fragile Edge. Thu., Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

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.

Stella Rimington: The author of At Risk reads from her memoir. Wed., Jan. 26, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

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.

Simon Singh: The Cambridge-educated physicist reads from his latest book, Big Bang: The Origins of the Universe. Fri., Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852. And Mon., Jan. 31, 12:30 p.m., free. Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.

Robert Taylor and Anthony Bidulka: The authors of All We Have Is Nowand Flight of Aquavit, respectively, read from their work. Wed., Jan. 26, 7 p.m., free. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-0891.

William Taylor: The author of The Passion of My Timesreads from his work in this kickoff event for Black History Month. Tue., Feb. 1, 12:30 p.m., free. Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.

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.

What Kind of State Are You Livin' In?: AK Press celebrates the release of the new album States of Abusewith a night of spoken-word anarchist hip hop propaganda. Fri, Jan. 28, 7 p.m., free AK Press 674A 23rd St. (at San Pablo), Oakland, 510-208-1700.

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