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.

APAture: Through Sept. 30, $10-$20, www.apature.org. Multiple San Francisco locations, multiple addresses within San Francisco.

Jane Bay: The author reads from Love and Loss: A Story About Life, Death, and Rebirth. Thu., Sept. 28, 7 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Stockton, 2 Stockton (at Ellis), 773-0444, www.codysbooks.com.

Hal Zina Bennett: The author and others read from Reads: An Anthology of Writings by the Lakeside Writers Guild. Sat., Sept. 30, 7 p.m., 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.

Susan Taylor Brown: The author reads from Hugging the Rock. Wed., Sept. 27, 7 p.m., free. Books Inc./Mountain View, 301 Castro Street (at Dana St.), Mountain View, 650-428-1234, 650-428-1234.

Stephen Cannell: The author reads from White Sister: A Shane Scully Novel. Tue., Oct. 3, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, Ferry Building (Embarcadero & Market), 835-1020, www.bookpassage.com.

Andrew Carroll: The author reads from Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front in the Words of US Troops and Their Families. Tue., Oct. 3, 7 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Stockton, 2 Stockton (at Ellis), 773-0444, www.codysbooks.com.

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.

Shawn Decker: The author reads from My Pet Virus: The True Story of a Rebel Without a Cure. Wed., Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Street (at Golden Gate), 776-1111, www.booksinc.net.

Shawn Decker: The author reads from My Pet Virus. Thu., Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m., free. Book Passage, Ferry Building (Embarcadero & Market), 835-1020, www.bookpassage.com.

Drop-In Writer's 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.

Stuart Ewan: The author reads from Typecasting: On the Arts and Sciences of Human Inequality. Wed., Sept. 27, 7 p.m. City Lights, 261 Columbus (at Broadway), 362-8193, www.citylights.com.

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.

David & Sabrineh Fideler: The authors read from Love's Alchemy: Poems From the Sufi Tradition. Wed., Sept. 27, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

First Fiction Book Club: The First Fiction Book Club, in conjunction with One City One Book, discusses The Hummingbird's Daughter with the author, Luis Alberto Urrea, via teleconference. Tue., Oct. 3, 7 p.m., free. Books Inc./Laurel Village, 3515 California (at Locust), 221-3666.

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.

Chadine Flood Gong: Chadine Flood Gong and Lisa Parramore read from Living with Japanese Gardens. Thu., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Mountain View, 301 Castro Street (at Dana St.), Mountain View, 650-428-1234, 650-428-1234.

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.

Joe Gores: The author reads from Glass Tiger. Tue., Oct. 3, 1 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Joe Gores: The author reads from Glass Tiger. Tue., Oct. 3, 7 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Fourth Street, 1730 Fourth St. (at Virginia), Berkeley, 510-559-9500.

Jane Hamilton: The author reads from When Madeline Was Young. Tue., Oct. 3, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Liz Hockinson & Kathryn Otoshi: The authors read from Marcello the Movie Mouse. Sat., Sept. 30, 4 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Stockton, 2 Stockton (at Ellis), 773-0444, www.codysbooks.com.

David Kamp: The author reads from The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation. Fri., Sept. 29, 7 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Fourth Street, 1730 Fourth St. (at Virginia), Berkeley, 510-559-9500.

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.

Jim LaMarche: The author reads from Up. Wed., Sept. 27, 10 a.m., free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera, 927-0960.

Michael Lewis: The author of The Blindside and Moneyball in conversation with Roy Eisenhardt. Fri., Sept. 29, noon, $15. Commonwealth Club, 595 Market (at Second St.), 597-6701, www.commonwealthclub.org.

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