Host of public radio program What's on Your Mind discusses new book What's Holding You Back? 8 Critical Choices For Women's Success; Barnes & Noble, 240 E. 86th St. (betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), 212-794-1962; 7:30, free.
from cairo to kerouac
Word & music extravaganza feat. David Amram & incl. Estelle Parsons, Paul Krassner, Sterling Lord & others; Poetry Project, St. Mark's Church, 131 E. 10th St. (2nd Ave.), 212-674-0910; 8, $10.
Author reads from Half-Jew: A Daughter's Search for Her Family's Buried Past, memoir about conflict ridden NY German-Jewish family that attempted to hide its origins by converting to Roman Catholicism; Upper West Side Barnes & Noble, 2289 B'way (82nd St.), 212-362-8835; 7:30, free.
Scholar/author/father of Uma reads from latest works at Borders, 461 Park Ave. (57th St.), 212-980-6785; 6, free.
THE WANDERING UTERUS TOUR
Spoken word & slam w/Heather Gawronski, Celena Glenn, Marty McConnell, & international slam champion Staceyann Chin; Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 212-777-6028; 7, free.
WRITERS IN THE RAW
Readings by Jerome Joseph Gentes, Kurt Jaskowiak, Laura Kriska & Barbara Li at Dixon Place, 309 E. 26th St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), 212-532-1546; call for time, $5
Psychotherapist/author reads from new book The Captive Muse at Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 212-777-6028; 7:30, free.
Author reads from alternately serious & funny book Safekeeping: Some True Stories From a Life at Upper West Side Barnes & Noble, 2289 B'way (82nd St.), 212-362-8835; 7:30, free.
Weekly open mic continues at Nomad's Choir, 133 W. 4th St. (betw. 6th Ave. & MacDougal St.), 718-932-8007; 3, $2 .
Illustrator/writer engages audience in interactive reading focusing on new books Hare & Rabbit & Puppy & Me; Park Slope Barnes & Noble, 267 7th Ave. (6th St.), 718-832-9066; 1, free.
ROSELLEN BROWN, ANN POWERS
Authors of Half a Heart & Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America, respectively read at Temple Bar, 332 Lafayette St. (betw. Bleecker & Houston Sts.), 212-925-4242; 7:30, free.
Reading series feat. women poets of North, Central & South America; Tribes Gallery, 285 E. 3rd St. (betw. Aves. C & D), 212-674-3778; 5, $6.
GOOD WORLD READING SERIES
Series continues w/Hal Niedzviecki, Lisa Lerner & Ethan Lipton at Good World Bar & Grill, 3 Orchard St. (Canal St.), 212-925-9975; 4, contrib.
Best slammers face off at Slam Finals as Urbana picks its team to go to Nationals; CB's Gallery, 313 Bowery (Bleecker St.), 212-443-9921; 7, $5.
OUR UNORGANIZED READING (O.U.R.)
Spoken word every Sunday, hosted by Bob Hart, J.D. Rage, Carl Herr, Peter Kerns & Bruce Weber?no time limit, no list, no features, no b.s.; ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington St. (betw. Suffolk & Clinton Sts.), 718-638-7039; 3, contrib.
Appearance of long lost biracial daughter shatters life of comfortable upper-middle class woman in author's new book, Half a Heart; Upper West Side Barnes & Noble, 2289 B'way (82nd St.), 212-362-8835; 7:30, free.
Doctor orders readers to stop obsessing & enjoy life in new book, Eat, Drink & Be Merry; Barnes & Noble, 240 E. 86th St. (betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), 212-794-1962; 7:30, free.
SATURN READING SERIES
John Chism, Bill Duke & Su Polo host open mic feat. Jackie Sheeler at Revival, 129 E. 15th St. (betw. 3rd Ave. & Irving Pl.), 212-598-4820; 7:30, $3.
Guy LeCharles Gonzalez hosts Grand Slam Finale at 13, 35 E. 13th St. (University Pl.), 212-979-6677; 7, $7.
Author/playwright reads from Hymie & the Angel, debut novel about Jewish immigrant & tavern owner struggling to make deal w/death; Upper West Side Barnes & Noble, 2289 B'way (82nd St.), 212-362-8835; 7:30, free.
NY Times journalist reads from selected columns at The Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave. (betw. 34th & 35th Sts.), 212-817-7177; 12:15, free.
Jan Warren, Precious Bedell, Allison Blake & editor Bell Chevigny read from anthology of prison writing at Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 212-777-6028; 7:30, free.
HARRY ELLISON'S POETS CIRCLE
Weekly poets' circle discusses spiritual ascendancy through poetry at Corrado Bakery Cafe, 120 E. 15th St. (Irving Pl.), 718-651-1664; 6:30, $7.
NY Press columnist & author of Slackjaw returns w/Quitting the Nairobi Trio, memoir of hospital confinement bearing his signature black humor; Park Slope Barnes & Noble, 267 7th Ave. (6th St.), 718-832-9066; 7:30, free.
Australian poet reads latest works at Russian Samovar, 256 W. 52nd St. (betw. B'way & 8th Ave.), 212-757-0168; 7, $3.
Viviana Grell, Frank Robinson & Eman Rimawi host open mic feat. Matthew Annish & Aubrey Thomas at the Music Room, Village Community School, 272 W. 10th St., (betw. Greenwich & Washington Sts.), 212-691-5146; 7, $3.
open mic poetry night
Oreita Daley hosts open mic for those wishing to read from original poetry; Barnes & Noble, 240 E. 86th St. (betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), 212-794-1962; 7:30, free.