Sunday, Sept. 22
Haiku Poets, 24th Annual Two Autumns Reading, 1 p.m: Poets include Gregory Longenecker, Eve Luckring, Carolyne Rohrig, and Ce Rosenow. Fort Mason, Room 260 Building C, San Francisco. Details, www.hpnc.org.
Monday, Sept. 23
Gary Kamiya, “Cool Gray City of Love,” 7 p.m: An exuberant combination of personal insight, deeply researched history, in-depth reporting, and lyrical prose to create an unparalleled portrait of San Francisco. Each of its 49 chapters explores a specific site or intersection in the city, from the mighty Golden Gate Bridge to the raunchy Tenderloin to the soaring sea cliffs at Land's End. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, bookpassage.com.
Tuesday, Sept. 24
Redwood Writers read their stories and poems, 6 p.m.: Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a reservation.
David Bedrick, “Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology,” 7 p.m: Utilizing in-depth research and analysis, this volume debunks the quick fixes and simplistic explanations of Dr. Phil McGraw. Discussing sixteen specific episodes of the Dr. Phil show, the book provides alternative perspectives on such topics as lying, judging, labeling, dieting, anger, shame, addictions, relationships, domestic violence, race, and gender. Copperfield's Books, 138 North Main St., Sebastopol, 823-2618, copperfieldsbooks.com.
Wednesday, Sept. 25