Lilias Folan: The author reads from Lilias! Yoga Gets Better With Age. Sun., Feb. 26, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Linda Joy Myers: The author reads from Don't Call Me Mother: Breaking the Chain of Mother-Daughter Abandonment. Wed., Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., free. Black Oak Books/Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck (at Vine), Berkeley, 510-486-0698.

Lucia Capacchione: The author reads from Art of Emotional Healing. Sun., Feb. 26, 4 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Maile Meloy: The author reads from A Family Daughter. Wed., Feb. 22, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com. And Fri., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

"On the Road: The Jack Kerouac Manuscript": File past a section of the 120-foot scroll. Through March 19. Main Library, Jewett Gallery, 100 Larkin (at Grove) (Lower Level), 557-4200, www.sfpl.org.

Michael Lerner: The author reads from The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right. Thu., Feb. 23, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Michael Nagler: The author reads from Our Spiritual Crisis: Recovering Human Wisdom in a Time of Violence. Mon., Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., free. Black Oak Books/Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck (at Vine), Berkeley, 510-486-0698. And Tue., Feb. 28, 6 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Stockton, 2 Stockton (at Ellis), 773-0444, www.codysbooks.com.

Mortified: A live stage show where real people get on stage and read their old diaries, poems, and songs. Sat., Feb. 25, 8 p.m.; Mon., Feb. 27, 8 p.m., $10. Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St. (at Mission), 647-2888, www.makeoutroom.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.

Peter Brastow & Ruth Gravanis: Nature in the City's Peter Brastow and Ruth Gravanis will present a comprehensive overview of San Francisco's natural environment, discussing the less-than-obvious meanings of the concept of "nature," as part of Counterpulse's Spring Talks Series. Wed., Feb. 22, 8 p.m., free. CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission (at Ninth St.), 626-2060, www.counterpulse.org.

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 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.

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 Miller: The author reads from Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga. Sun., Feb. 26, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Robert Crais: The author of The Forgotten Man, L.A. Requiem, and The Last Detective reads from The Two Minute Rule. Sun., Feb. 26, 2 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.

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.

Sister Helen Prejean: The author reads from The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions. Wed., Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

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.

T Cooper: The author reads from Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes. Thu., Feb. 23, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

T. Jefferson Parker: The author reads from The Fallen. Mon., Feb. 27, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Taylor Branch: Wine and hors d'oeuvres reception with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of At Cannan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68. Discussion follows. Thu., Feb. 23, 6:15 p.m., $20. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant (at Ellsworth), Berkeley, 510-843-4822. And Branch reads on Fri., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., free. Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real (at Ravenswood), Menlo Park, 650-324-4321. And Sat., Feb. 25, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

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.

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