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<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Monday, Sept. 2</strong></span>

<strong>Rivertown Poets A-Muse-ing Mondays,</strong> 6:30 p.m.: <em>Bill Vartnaw (Sonoma County Poet Laureate) and Mel Thompson read.</em> Aqus Caf? 189 H St., Petaluma. Info,

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Tuesday, Sept. 3</strong></span>

<strong>Joseph Konte, "The Rivalry Heard Round the World,"</strong> 7 p.m.: <em>Games between the Dodgers and Giants are never just another day at the ballpark. Dating back to the late nineteenth century--when the teams embodied the competitive spirit of rival metropolises of New York and Brooklyn--the Giants-Dodgers rivalry gained intensity throughout the early twentieth century. The venue had changed but the venom remained, and the rivalry became author Joe Konte's obsession. </em>Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Wednesday, Sept. 4</strong></span>

<strong>Michael Perry, "Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace,"</strong> in Conversation with Christopher Moore, 7 p.m.: <em>New York Times bestselling author, humorist, singer/songwriter, and amateur pig farmer, Michael Perry will engage in a spirited conversation with zany bestselling author Christopher Moore about Perry's newest book. Visiting Tom tells the tale of Tom Hartwig, an old-timer who makes gag shovel handles, parts for farm equipment, and--now and then--batches of potentially "extralegal" explosives. </em>Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 762-0563, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Thursday, Sept. 5</strong></span>

<strong>Martin Lee, "Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational and Scientific,"</strong> 7 p.m.: <em>Martin Lee, an award-winning investigative journalist, tells the great American pot story, a dramatic social exploration of a plant that sits at the nexus of political, legal, medical, and scientific discourse. This panoramic, character-driven saga explores how marijuana has evolved beyond its own illicit subculture into a dynamic, multibillion-dollar industry.</em> Copperfield's Books, 138 North Main St., Sebastopol, 823-2618, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Friday, Sept. 6</strong></span>

<strong>Richard Kadrey, "Kill City Blues: A Sandman Slim Novel,"</strong> 7 p.m.: <em>James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, has managed to get out of Hell, renounce his title as the new Lucifer, and settle back into life in L.A. But he also lost the Qomrama Om Ya, an all-powerful weapon from the banished older gods who are returning and searching for their lost power.</em> Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 762-0563, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Saturday, Sept. 7</strong></span>

<strong>100 Thousand Buskers' for Change Day,</strong> 1 p.m.: <em>Tony Gibson, Orchid Killers and The Bad Apple String Band and many other musicians and entertainers.</em> Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. More details at website: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

<em>To submit book events for consideration in this column, contact Sara Peyton at at least three weeks in advance of the event.</em>