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.

Alan Rinzler: The authorÕs writing symposium. Sun., April 2, 3 p.m., free. CodyÕs Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

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.

Emily Scott Pottruck: The editor reads from Tails of Devotion: A Look at the Bond Between People and Their Pets. Sun., April 2, 4 p.m., free. CodyÕs Books/Fourth Street, 1730 Fourth St. (at Virginia), Berkeley, 510-559-9500.

Jennifer Solow: The author reads from The Booster. Sat., April 1, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

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.

Alon Tal: The author reads from Speaking of Earth. Sun., April 2, 1 p.m., free. CodyÕs Books/Stockton, 2 Stockton (at Ellis), 773-0444, www.codysbooks.com.

Carole Tanenbaum: The author reads from Fabulous Fakes: A Passion for Vintage Costume Jewelry. Sat., April 1, 4 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Stephen Tobriner: The author reads from Bracing for Disaster: Earthquake-Resistant Architecture and Engineering in San Francisco, 1838 - 1933. Mon., April 3, 6 p.m., free. CodyÕs Books/Stockton, 2 Stockton (at Ellis), 773-0444, www.codysbooks.com.

Tom Tomorrow: Wed., March 29, 7 p.m. Booksmith, 1644 Haight (at Cole), 863-8688, www.booksmith.com.

Tom Tomorrow: The author reads from Hell in a Handbasket. Thu., March 30, 12:30 p.m., free. StaceyÕs, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.

Touré: The author reads from Never Drank the Kool-Aid. Thu., March 30, 6:30 p.m., $12-$18. Commonwealth Club, 595 Market (at Second St.), 597-6701, www.commonwealthclub.org.

Tuesday at PatÕs Cafe Reading Series: Each weekly formal reading is followed by an open-mike session for fledgling writers. Tuesdays, 7 p.m., free. PatÕs 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.

Sarah Waters: The author reads from The Night Watch. Fri., March 31, 7 p.m., free. Booksmith, 1644 Haight (at Cole), 863-8688, www.booksmith.com. Sat., April 1, 1 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960. Sat., April 1, 7 p.m., free. CodyÕs 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.

Hilma Wolitzer: The author reads from The DoctorÕs Daughter. Wed., March 29, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

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

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