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

Monica Ali: The author reads from Alentejo Blue. Thu., June 29, 7 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Stockton, 2 Stockton (at Ellis), 773-0444, www.codysbooks.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.

Classics I Forgot To Read Book Club: The first meeting of a new book group starts with Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. Thu., June 29, 7:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Marina, 2251 Chestnut (at Scott), 931-3633, www.booksinc.net.

Natalie Coughlin: The author reads from Golden Girl: How Natalie Coughlin Fought Back, Challenged Conventional Wisdom, and Became America's Swimming Champion. Wed., June 28, 7 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Fourth Street, 1730 Fourth St. (at Virginia), Berkeley, 510-559-9500.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Grossman: The author reads from High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxins, & Human Health. Thu., June 29, 7:30 p.m. Black Oak Books/Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck (at Vine), Berkeley, 510-486-0698.

Kim Harrison: The author reads from A Fistful of Charms. Sat., July 1, 3 p.m., free. Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia (at 20th St.), 824-8203, www.borderlands-books.com.

Andrew Holleran: The author reads from Grief. Thu., June 29, 7 p.m., free. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-0891.

Persis Karim: The author reads from Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora. Thu., June 29, 7 p.m., free. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia (at 20th St.), 282-9246, www.mtbs.com.

Chuck Klosterman: The author reads from Killing Yourself to Live. Wed., June 28, 7 p.m., free. Booksmith, 1644 Haight (at Cole), 863-8688, www.booksmith.com.

Andrea Lee: The author reads from Hearts in Italy: A Tale of Betrayal. Thu., June 29, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Victor S. Navasky: The author reads from A Matter of Opinion. Wed., June 28, 6:30 p.m., $10. Alcazar Theater, 650 Geary (at Leavenworth), 441-4042.

Pages From the Past: Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Continues through June 28. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400.

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.

Public Histories: A talk with Barbara Goldstein, Susan Schwartzenberg, and Amy Trachtenberg. Wed., June 28, 7 p.m., free. City Lights, 261 Columbus (at Broadway), 362-8193, www.citylights.com.

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.

Belinda Rathbone: The author reads from The Guynd: A Scottish Journal. Wed., June 28, 6 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Stockton, 2 Stockton (at Ellis), 773-0444, www.codysbooks.com.

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.

Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi: The author reads from The Last Song of Dusk. Thu., June 29, 7 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Fourth Street, 1730 Fourth St. (at Virginia), Berkeley, 510-559-9500.

Cindy Sheehan: The author appears with Paul Rockwell and Aimee Allison to read from Ten Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military. Wed., June 28, 7:30 p.m., free. Black Oak Books/Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck (at Vine), Berkeley, 510-486-0698.

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.

 
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