New York Post columnist Steve Dunleavy moderates discussion of Kearns' Tabloid Baby with Stepping Out publisher, Chaunce Hayden & author Steve Powers; Borders, 461 Park Ave. (57th St.), 980-6785; 6, free.
Jewish writer & gay father talks about identity struggles from The Elusive Embrace with author Louis Begley; Jewish Community Center, 15 W. 65th St. (betw. B'way & Central Pk. W.), 580-0099; 8, $11.
Reading of Returning to A, story about one woman's travels to traditionally women-forbidden territories; Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 777-6028; 7, free.
ROCKY SULLIVAN'S READINGS
Weekly readings. Tonight, Pete Hamill on Diego Rivera; Rocky Sullivan's, 129 Lexington Ave. (betw. 28th & 29th Sts.), 725-3871; 8, free.
Viviana Grell & Irene Mallinger host open mic with featured readers each week, this week, Camillo DiMaria & Frank Robinson; New World Coffee, 107-24 Continental Ave. (Queens Blvd.), 718-271-2696; 7-10, $3 min.
ALYSIA ABBOTT, EDMUND WHITE
Reading for World AIDS day commemorates Abbott's father who died from AIDS; Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 777-6028; call for time, free.
GREYWOLF PRESS: CELEBRATING 25 YEARS
Authors Mark Doty, Sophie Cabot Black, Nick Flynn & Vijay Seshadri celebrate 25 years of independent book publishing with Graywolf's editor, Fiona McCrea?dress code enforced; National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South (20th St.) rsvp 604-4823; 6:30, free.
Buddhist & author reads from A Heart As Wide As the World, followed by meditation at OM Yoga Center, 135 W. 14th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 229-0267; 8, $10.
Celebration for its second issue with readings by contributing writers; Housing Works Used Book Cafe, 126 Crosby St. (betw. Houston & Lafayette Sts.), 334-3324; 7, free.
KURT VONNEGUT, LEE STRINGER
Posman books hosts discussion Like Shaking Hands With God at Posman Books, Grand Central Station, 42nd St. (Vanderbilt), 983-1111; 7, free.
Author discusses The Cornel West Reader at Davis Auditorium, Columbia Univ., W. 120th St. (Betw. B'way & Amsterdam Ave.), 854-7641; 7, free.
Jane Shapiro leads discussion on Frank McCourt's memoir; Borders, 461 Park Ave. (57th St.), 980-6785; 6, free.
Larry Geddes directs reading of plays: He Drives Out a Devil, The Wedding, Lux in Tenebris & Three Short Plays by Bertolt Brecht at Brecht Forum, 122 W. 27th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 242-4201; 7:30, $6-$10 [repeats Sat. at 7:30].
LYDIA LUNCH, NICOLE BLACKMAN
"Night of Taboos, part I & II" with readings by David Henderson, George Quasha, Charles Stein, David Cameron, Marcella Durand, Daniel Bouchard & others; Poetry Project, St. Mark's Church, 131 E. 10th St. (2nd Ave.), 674-0910; 10:30, $12, $9 st./s.c.
GESHE MICHAEL ROACH
Author reads from upcoming book entitled The Garden at P.S. 120, 420 E. 12th St. (betw. 1st Ave. & Ave. A), 982-1219; 7, free.
OPEN MIC AT THE PINK PONY
Reading series feat. Yictove, the man responsible for past Friday night Alterknit readings; Pink Pony, 176 Ludlow St. (betw. Houston & Stanton Sts.), 253-1922; 7, free.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: POETRY TONIGHT
The Writer's Voice pres. Mary Stewart Hammond, Alix Olsen & Miriam Sagan; West Side Y, 5 W. 63rd St. (Central Pk. W.), 875-4128; 7:30, $5.
Photographer signs copies of Glory: Photographs of Athletes at Upper West Side Barnes & Noble, 2289 B'way (82nd St.), 362-8835; 7:30, free.
JEZEBELLE 2000: THE GLAM LIT TOUR
Elena Georgiou, Lauren Sanders & Cheryl B. attempt to bridge written & spoken word; Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 777-6028; 7, free.
CENTERFOLD POETRY READINGS
David Mark Speer hosts open mic for poets & prose readers; 263 W. 86th St. (B'way), 866-4454; 5:45, contrib.
LAURENCE HOLDER, ROME NEAL
Staged reading of Holder's new play about Thelonious Monk entitled Monk; Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd St. (betw. Aves. B & C), 465-3167; 3, $7.
PATRICIA SPEARS JONES
Author reads from collection of poems, The Weather That Kills; Wave Hill, 675 W. 252nd St. (Indep. Ave.), Bronx, 718-549-3200; 2, free w/grounds adm.
OUR ORGANIZED READING (O.U.R.)
A Gathering of the Tribes pres. Bruce Weber's No Chance Ensemble followed by open mic; ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington St. (betw. Suffolk & Clinton Sts.), 674-3585; 5-7, $3 contrib.
PEN & BRUSH READING
Prose reading at Pen & Brush, 16 E. 10th St. (betw. 5th Ave. & University Pl.), 475-3669; 6:30, free.
Open mic with feat. poet Gabor G. Gyukics; Common Basis Theater, 750 8th Ave., 5th Fl. (betw. 46th & 47th Sts.), 340-1112; 12, $5.
TERESE SVOBODA, LILY TUCK
Authors read from Cannibal & Siam or the Woman Who Shot a Man at Temple Bar, 332 Lafayette St. (betw. Bleecker & Houston Sts.), 925-4242; 7:30, free.
Weekly readings with feat. readers each week. This week, Sean Cole, Adeena Karasick & Aaron Kiely; 90 W. Houston St. (LaGuardia Pl.), 533-9317; 6:30, $3 contrib.
Meet the author of Atlantis Found at Union Sq. Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St. (betw. B'way & Park Ave. S.), 253-0810; 7:30, free.
Rob Neuwirth & Thaddeus Rutkowski read from works at The Streetcar, 370 W. 46th St. (9th Ave.), 262-1452; 7, free.
a little bit louder
Weekly reading series followed by open mic. Tonight, Ariana Waynes & Charles Ellik; 13 Bar, 13 E. 13th St. (betw. B'way & University Pl.), 917-893-8341; 7, $5, $3 st.
Mondays at no moore
Mad Alex hosts reading series & book party feat. Edwin Torres; No Moore, 234 W. B'way (N. Moore St.), 693-0405; 6.
SATURN READING SERIES
John Chism, Bill Duke & Su Polo host "The Urban Renaissance" & open mic at Revival, 129 E. 15th St. (betw. 3rd Ave. & Irving Pl.), 598-4820; 7:30, $3.
HARRY ELLISON'S POETS CIRCLE
Weekly lecture on the art & craft of poetry followed by readings & discussions of participants' works. This week, "Ecstatic Biblical Poetry;" Corrado Bakery Cafe, 120 E. 15th St. (Irving Pl.), 718-651-1664; 6:30, $7.
Reading by contributors Mary Cappello, Jean Carminati, Linda Catalano, Tim Cavale & Wallace Sillanpoa; Different Light, 151 W. 19th St. (7th Ave.), 989-4850; 7, free.
WE GOT THE BEAT
Weekly open mike for poets & musicians, tonight, Carol Wierzbicki is featured; Village Community School, 272 W. 10th St., (betw. Greenwich & Washington Sts.), 946-4356; 7, $3.