Further Browsing

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

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 Firstdiscusses 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 Babyjireads 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 Speakerand 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.

Live Out Loud!: A queer youth writing and performance workshop that teaches young people how to turn their thoughts and concerns into performance art and activism. Tuesdays, 4 p.m. Continues through April 1, free. Youth Speaks, 2169 Folsom (at 18th St.), 255-9035.

Dr. Carol Livoti and Elizabeth Topp: The mother-daughter team that wrote the book Vaginas: An Owner's Manualdiscuss their book and women's health. 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.

Lunada: Latino Lit Lounge: At this monthly reading, catch all-female group Las 'Manas and UC Davis professor and poet Francisco X. Alarcón. Thu., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Free. Galería de la Raza, 2857 24th St. (at Bryant), 826-8009.

Robert Macneil: The linguist and author reads from his book, Do You Speak American? Sat., Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

Legs McNeil and Jennifer Osborne: The authors of The Other Hollywood, an oral history of the porn industry, discuss their book. Sat., Feb. 26, 7 p.m., free. Booksmith, 1644 Haight (at Cole), 863-8688, www.booksmith.com.

Fred Newman: The author of the book Mouthsounds: How to Whistle, Pop, Boing, and Honk demonstrates some of his sound effects. Sat., Feb. 26, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, Ferry Building (Embarcadero & Market), 835-1020, www.bookpassage.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.

Sir Roger Penrose: The scientist discusses his book, The Road to Reality: The Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe. Fri., Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

The Perpetual Motion Road Show: Hipster writers read from their work at this touring literary event. Mon., Feb. 28, 7 p.m., free. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia (at 20th St.), 282-9246, www.mtbs.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.

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.

Emily Raboteau: The author reads from her first novel, The Professor's Daughter. Wed., Feb. 23, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

Natalie Robins: Learn about homeopathy as Robins reads from her book, Copeland's Cure: Homeopathy and the War Between Conventional and Alternative Medicine. Wed., Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

Debbie and Carlos Rosas: The founders of The Nia Technique celebrate their book The Nia Technique: The High Powered, Energizing Workout That Gives You a New Body and a New Life. Sat., Feb. 26, 2 p.m., free. Borders Books & Music, 400 Post (at Powell), 399-1633.

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.

SARK: The motivational author reads from SARK! Make Your Creative Dreams Real. Fri., Feb. 25, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

Bart Schneider: Hear the author read from Beautiful Inez, a novel set in San Francisco in the 1960s. Mon., Feb. 28, 12:30 p.m., free. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-0891.

Seminars for Aspiring or Developing Writers in the Bay Area: Each month this series of three-hour adult seminars for fledgling writers tackles a different theme and includes successful big-name panelists; all proceeds benefit student programming at 826 Valencia. Fourth Sunday of every month, 6 p.m., $100. 826 Valencia, 826 Valencia (at 19th St.), 642-5905.

S.P.I.T.S.: Slam Poetry Intensive Training Series: Learn how to perform with confidence at slam poetry sessions at this workshop series for young writers. Fridays, 4 p.m. Continues through April 1, free. Youth Speaks, 2169 Folsom (at 18th St.), 255-9035.

Throckmorton Stories: Every Monday night professional Bay Area actors perform monologues while authors read short fiction pieces. Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through June 13, $10. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton (at Madrona), Mill Valley, 383-9600.

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.

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.

Franz Wisner: The author discusses Honeymoon With My Brother, a memoir of having been dumped by his fiancé and taking his brother on the two-year, 53-country tour of what was supposed to have been his honeymoon. Thu., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Marina, 2251 Chestnut (at Scott), 931-3633, www.booksinc.net.

Heriberto Yepez: The Tijuana writer and translator reads from the annals of his Spanish- and English-language blogs. Thu., Feb. 24, 7 p.m., free. Mills College, 5000 MacArthur at Seminary, Oakland, 510-430-2255.

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