Author Talk with Stacey PattonStacey Patton will read an excerpt from her novel, “That Mean Old Yesterday,” sign the book and talk about her experiences as a little girl who survives the tyranny of an overzealous mother by channeling her intellectual energy into schoolwork. Tues., Dec. 11 at 7pm. TONY DAPOLITO RECREATION CENTER, 3 Clarkson St. at 7th Ave. South, 1 block south of Houston. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/parks. To RSVP, contact Christina.Dookwah@Parks.nyc.gov. Free.

The Behind the Book Reading SeriesWith Mary Gordon, author of Spending, The Company of Women, The Rest of Life, Final Payments, and The Other Side, as well as David Plante, author of The Ghost of Henry James, The Family, The Woods, The Country, The Foreigner, The Native & The Accident. Thurs., Dec. 13 from 7-9pm. KGB BAR, 85 E. 4th St., bet 2nd & 3rd Aves. www.kgbbar.com. Free.

Bluestocking Bookstore172 Allen St., bet Staton & Rivington. 212-777-6028. www.bluestockings.com. Open mike sign-up at 7pm, 8-minute limit. Bring your poetry, prose, songs or spoken word. $5 suggested donation.

Coffeehouse ChroniclesA personal oral account of the history, creation and development of Off-Off Broadway with Ellen Stewart. Sat., Dec. 8 at 3pm. LA MAMA E.T.C., 74A E. 4th St. 212-475-7710. www.lamama.org. Free.

Dog MemoirsAuthor Lee Harrington will read from “Rex and the City: A Memoir Of A Woman, A Man, And A Dysfunctional Dog” and then lead a discussion about writing & publishing your own dog memoir. A wine, hot chocolate & holiday cookie reception will follow. Dogs are welcome. Sat., Dec. 8 from 4-7pm. ANIMAL HAVEN, in Soho on Centre St. Reservations are suggested, contact jennbristol@aol.com. www.animalhavenshelter.org/sohoevents.html. $10 suggested donation, includes admission & a copy of the book. All proceeds benefit Animal Haven.

Experiments 07 Play Reading SeriesHear “Love Lasts on Myrtle Avenue” written by Jimmy Breslin about a romance interrupted by a bombing. Mon, Dec. 10 at 7:30pm. LA MAMA ETC, 74A E. 4th St., bet 2nd Ave. & Bowery. 212-475-7710. www.lamama.org. Free.

Glucksman Ireland House Special EventsCOMMUNITY IN PRINT: IRISH AMERICAN PUBLISHERS AND READERS, Rutgers University professor Eileen Sullivan will discuss the role of Sadlier, a publishing house that began to sell books to immigrants and their children during the 19th century. Thurs., Dec. 6 at 7pm. NYU, Glucksman Ireland House, One Washington Mews at Fifth Ave. Call 212-998-3950 or email ireland.house@nyu.edu to RSVP. $10, free for NYU students with ID.

Libertarian Book Club’s Anarchist ForumAuthor Peter Lamborn Wilson will explore many elements of our lives & environment that one seldom hears discussed. Tues., Dec. 11 at 7:30pm. THE LIVING THEATRE, 21 Clinton St., just south of Houston St. 212-475-7180. roberterler@erols.com. Donation suggested.

On the Rocks with Danny LearyA New weekly stand-up and musical variety show. Mondays at 8pm. ROSE’S TURN, 55 Grove St., bet 7th Ave. & Bleecker. Call for a reservation, 212-366-5438. www.myspace.com/ontherockscomedy. $10 plus 2 drink min.

Pink Pony West Poetry Reading SeriesCall for more information on upcoming readings. Takes place on Fridays at 6pm. THE CORNELIA STREET CAFE, 29 Cornelia St., bet Bleecker & W. 4th Sts. $6, includes one free drink. 212-989-9319.

Readings & Open MicSharing the stage will be poet, translator and professor Nick Matros and University of Rhode Island English Professor and author, Mary Çappello whose latest book, “Awkward: A Detour” will be available at the reading. The evening starts with Open Mic readings of five minutes each. Sat., Dec. 8 from 5:45-7:45pm. CORNELIA STREET CAFE, 29 Cornelia St. 212-989-9319. www.iawa.net.