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.
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.
Eric Chase Anderson: Hear Anderson read from Chuck Dugan Is AWOL: A Novel With Maps, a tale of a teenage supersleuth and how he accidentally puts his mom in harm's way. Wed., May 25, 7:30 p.m., free. Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College (at Kales), Oakland, 510-653-9965, www.dieselbookstore.com.
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.
Francine du Plessix Gray: New Yorker contributor reads from her autobiographical Them: A Memoir of Parents. Thu., May 26, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.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.
Kathy Santo: Dog owners get tips from this experienced trainer as she reads from her book Dog Sense: Everything You Need to Know About Raising, Training, and Understanding the Dog in Your Life. Thu., May 26, 7 p.m., free, www.bookpassage.com. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.
Kevin Scott: Author reads from The Boys in the Brownstone. Wed., May 25, 7 p.m. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-0891.
Mitch Cullin: Author reads from his new novel, A Slight Trick of the Mind. Wed., May 25, 7 p.m. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.
Nan Alamilla Boyd: Author reads from Wide-Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965. Fri., May 27, 7 p.m. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-0891.
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.
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.
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.
Sean Wilsey: Author reads from his new memoir, Oh the Glory of It All. Tue., May 31, 7 p.m. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.
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.
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.
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.