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Literary events for week of Sept. 1

For more events or to list author events in our calendar, visit the Press Democrat's events listings at pressdemocrat.com.

Monday, Sept. 2

Rivertown Poets A-Muse-ing Mondays, 6:30 p.m.: Bill Vartnaw (Sonoma County Poet Laureate) and Mel Thompson read. Aqus Café, 189 H St., Petaluma. Info, tutor@sandraanfang.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 3

Joseph Konte, "The Rivalry Heard Round the World," 7 p.m.: 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. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, bookpassage.com.

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Michael Perry, "Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace," in Conversation with Christopher Moore, 7 p.m.: 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. Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 762-0563, copperfieldsbooks.com.

Thursday, Sept. 5

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