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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.

Billy Crystal: Billy Crystal signs his new book 700 Sundays. Thu., Dec. 1, noon, free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Bookarts Users Group: BUG, the Bookarts Users Group, meets the first Tuesday of each month. At BUG, you can meet other book artists, brainstorm solutions for problems, swap materials, and share sources of information. Call for times. First Tuesday of every month, free. San Francisco Center for the Book, 300 De Haro (at 16th St.), 565-0545, www.sfcb.org.

Unchosen author Hella Winston 
visits the Bay Area Dec. 1 and Dec. 5.
Unchosen author Hella Winston visits the Bay Area Dec. 1 and Dec. 5.

Brandt Goldstein: Brandt Goldstein talks about Storming the Court: How a Band of Yale Law Students Sued the President. Tue., Dec. 6, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Camille Cusumano: Camille Cusumano talks about Italy, A Love Story: Women Write about the Italian Experience. Sat., Dec. 3, 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.

Chris Santella: Chris Santella talks about Fifty Places to Play Golf Before You Die: Golf Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations. Sat., Dec. 3, 4 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Delphine Hirasuna: The author reads from The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts From the Japanese-American Internment Camps 1942-1946. Fri., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852. Also, Hirasuna shows slides and talks about The Art of Gaman. Sun., Dec. 4, 1 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Elizabeth Partridge: Celebrate John Lennon's 65th birthday and honor the 25th anniversary of his death with an in-depth look at his life. Mon., Dec. 5, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

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 aged 2 to 6 are read to at various library branches. Daily, free, www.sfpl.org. Multiple locations, multiple addresses within San Francisco.

Felice Picano: With stylistic mastery and typical daring, Californian writer Felice Picano delivers seven groundbreaking stories that go beyond anything before imagined. Fri., Dec. 2, 7 p.m., free. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-0891.

First Friday Travel Series: A regularly scheduled evening of travel readings, followed by a reception. First Friday of every month, 7 p.m., free-$5. The Writers Center of Marin, 1323 Fourth St. (at C St.), San Rafael, 456-1825.

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.

George Saunders: The author discusses his novel, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil. Mon., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. USF Campus McLaren Complex, 2130 Fulton (at Cole), 422-6107.

Hella Winston: The author talks about Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels. Thu., Dec. 1, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960. Also, the author reads from Unchosen. Mon., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia (at 20th St.), 282-9246, www.mtbs.com.

Holiday Lecture by Historian Alastair Johnston: Enjoy a lecture titled "The Return of the Semi-Peripatetic Tramping Printer of Yore." Thu., Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m., free. Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, 100 Larkin (at Grove) (lower level), 557-4400.

Jane Ganahl: Jane Ganahl talks about Single Woman of A Certain Age: 29 Women Writers on the Unmarried Midlife -- Romantic Escapades, Heavy Petting, Empty Nests, Shifting Shapes, and Serene Independence. Wed., Nov. 30, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Jane Straus: Seminar leader and personal coach Jane Straus talks about Enough is Enough: Stop Enduring and Start Living Your Extraordinary Life. Sun., Dec. 4, 4 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Jane Turner Rylands: In her beautiful new collection, Across the Bridge of Sighs, Rylands writes from the perspective of someone experiencing the world in translation. Fri., Dec. 2, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

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