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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.

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.

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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