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

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.

Alan Brennert: The author reads from Don't Get Too Comfortable. Wed., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Castro, 2275 Market (at 16th St.), 864-6777, www.booksinc.net.

Alexander McCall Smith: The author reads from Akimbo and the Elephants. Wed., Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Laurel Village, 3515 California (at Locust), 221-3666.

B.K.S. Iyengar: The author reads from Light on Life. Tue., Oct. 4, 12:30 p.m., free. Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.

Candace Bushnell: The author reads from Lipstick Jungle. Thu., Sept. 29, noon, free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.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.

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.

Dan Savage: The author reads from The Commitment. Mon., Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Castro, 2275 Market (at 16th St.), 864-6777, www.booksinc.net.

David Rakoff: The author reads from Don't Get Too Comfortable. Fri., Sept. 30, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

Doubiago & klipschutz: An Early Evening of Poetry: Readings by Sharon Doubiago and klipschutz. Wed., Sept. 28, 7 p.m., free. North Beach Branch Library, 2000 Mason (at Columbus), 355-5626.

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.

Elissa Raffa: The author reads from Freeing Vera. Thu., Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Castro, 2275 Market (at 16th St.), 864-6777, www.booksinc.net.

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.

Family Story Times: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Helen Cooper: The author reads from A Pipkin of Pepper. Tue., Oct. 4, 3 p.m., free. Books Inc./Alameda, 1344 Park Street, Alameda, 510-522-2226, www.booksinc.net.

Jacquelynn Baas: The author reads from Smile of the Buddha: Eastern Philosophy and Western Art from Monet to Today. Thu., Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

Jim Lynch: The author reads from The Highest Tide. Wed., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

Kathy Gannon: Kathy Gannon and the Honorable Swanee Hunt read and talk about the war in Afghanistan. Wed., Sept. 28, 6 p.m., free-$15. World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter (at Grant), 293-4600, www.itsyourworld.org.

K.M. Soehnlein: The author reads from You Can Say You Knew Me When. Thu., Sept. 29, 7 p.m., free. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-0891.

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.

Mary Matsuda Gruenewald: The author reads from Looking Like the Enemy. Wed., Sept. 28, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

Michael Recchiuti and Fran Gage: The authors read from Chocolate Obsession: A Cookbook for Your Cravings. Wed., Sept. 28, 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.

Paul Anderson: The author reads from Hunger's Brides: A Novel of the Baroque. Thu., Sept. 29, 7 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Fourth Street, 1730 Fourth St. (at Virginia), Berkeley, 510-559-9500.

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 (at Kearny), 421-0700.

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.

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