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

Jeremy Mercer: The author reads from Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. Mon., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Stockton, 2 Stockton (at Ellis), 773-0444, www.codysbooks.com.

Jonnie Jacobs: Jonnie Jacobs talks about The Only Suspect. Fri., Dec. 2, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Josh Kornbluth: Spend an evening with the writer and director discussing his work. Mon., Dec. 5, 8 p.m., $18.50. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), 392-4400.

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.

Kathleen & Gerald Hill: Kathleen and Gerald Hill talk about Napa Valley Hill Guide. Sun., Dec. 4, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Kay Ryan: Salon compared the poems in Kay Ryan's last collection to "Faberge eggs, tiny, ingenious devices that inevitably conceal some hidden wonder." Her new collection, The Niagara River, contains similarly hidden gems. Thu., Dec. 1, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

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.

Le' Femme Anarchiste': A women's literary art salon with special guests. First Thursday of every month, 8 p.m., $10 or barter. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Mack Friedman: The author reads from Setting the Lawn on Fire. Mon., Dec. 5, 7 p.m., free. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-0891.

Oakley Hall: Warlock, the new novel by San Francisco master Oakley Hall, is a postmodern retelling of the mythic American form, the Western. Tue., Dec. 6, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.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.

Phil Cousineau: Phil Cousineau talks about The Blue Museum. Mon., Dec. 5, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

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 them are the staple performers. Last Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m., free. Eros, 2051 Market (at Church), 864-3767, www.erossf.com.

Richard Beban: Poet Richard Beban talks about Young Girl Eating a Bird. Mon., Dec. 5, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

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.

Stephanie Hendricks: The author reads from Divine Destruction: Dominion Theology and American Environmental Policy. Wed., Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., free. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia (at 20th St.), 282-9246, www.mtbs.com.

Story Time in the Library: Kids aged 4 to 8 are encouraged to sit back and hear stories about nature and science. First Sunday of every month, 11 a.m.; Third Sunday of every month, 10:30 a.m., free. San Francisco Botanical Garden, Ninth Ave. & Lincoln Way (Golden Gate Park), 661-1316.

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, 4 p.m., free. Cafe Prague, 584 Pacific (at Columbus), 433-3811.

Thomas Glave: The author reads from Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent. Wed., Nov. 30, 7 p.m., free. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-0891.

Todd Parr: Todd Parr signs Reading Makes You Feel Good. Sat., Dec. 3, 2 p.m., free. SF Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org.

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.

The Vowel Movement: A monthly all-ages beatboxing event hosted by Kid Beyond and Tim Barsky. First Tuesday of every month, $7-$15. Studio Z, 314 11th St. (at Folsom), 252-7666, www.studioz.tv.

Walter the Giant Storyteller: The author reads from Walter the Giant Storyteller's Giant Book of Giant Stories. Sat., Dec. 3, 11 a.m., free. Cody's Books/Fourth Street, 1730 Fourth St. (at Virginia), Berkeley, 510-559-9500.

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.

Word Beat Reading Series: Readings are followed by an open mike hosted by David Gollub, Debra Grace Khattab, and Jeremy Morris Siegel. Thursdays, 7 p.m., free. Mediterraneum Caffe, 2475 Telegraph Ave. (at Dwight), Berkeley, 510-549-1128.

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