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.

Karen Armstrong: The author reads from The Great Transformation. Tue., April 4, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

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.

Celebration of the Word: This regular event features an open mike for writers hosted by Jeanne Powell. Mondays, 7 p.m., free. PerryÕs Joint, 1661 Fillmore (at Post), 931-5260.

Drop-In WriterÕs 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.

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 San Francisco 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.

Lee Foster: The author reads from Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time. Sun., April 2, 2 p.m., free. Book Passage, Ferry Building (Embarcadero & Market), 835-1020, www.bookpassage.com.

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.

Jane Ganahl: The editor of Single Women of a Certain Age appears with Joyce Maynard, April Sinclair, Cameron Tuttle and others. Wed., March 29, 6:30 p.m., free-$18. Commonwealth Club, 595 Market (at Second St.), 597-6701, www.commonwealthclub.org.

Eric Harr: The author reads from Ride Fast: Get Up to Speed on Your Bike in 10 Weeks or Less. Tue., April 4, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Gary Hart: The author reads from God and Caesar in America: An Essay on Religion and Politics. Tue., April 4, 12:30 p.m., free. CodyÕs Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

Gary Hart: The author reads from God and Caesar in America: An Essay on Religion and Politics. Tue., April 4, 1 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Ellen Hiltebrand: The author reads from When I Was Elena: A Memoir. Mon., April 3, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

James K: The author reads from Giggle Can Wiggle its Way Through a Wall. Sun., April 2, 11:30 a.m., free. Book Passage, Ferry Building (Embarcadero & Market), 835-1020, www.bookpassage.com.

KÕvetsch: 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. SadieÕs Flying Elephant, 491 Potrero (at Mariposa), 551-7988.

Matt Klett & Rebecca Solnit: The authors speak about After the Ruins: 1906 and 2006: Rephotographing the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. Sun., April 2, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Frances Mayes: The author reads from A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller. Sun., April 2, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

The May Queen Panel: The May Queen, edited by Andrea N. Richesin, is a provocative and refreshing collection of essays about being a woman in her thirties. Mon., April 3, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

Katharine Noel: The author reads from Halfway House. Thu., March 30, 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.

Kevin Phillips: The author reads from American Theocracy. Tue., April 4, 12:30 p.m., free. StaceyÕs, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.

Jodi Picoult: The author reads from The Tenth Circle. Sun., April 2, 4 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

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 centerÕs 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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