Trumpet player Herb Alpert appears in concert with singer Lani Hall 

WHO’S IN TOWN

Crime writer Lawrence Block (“A Drop of the Hard Stuff”), who was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1993, appears in conversion with Hugo- and Nebula-winning science-fiction author Robert Silverberg (“Times Three”). [7 p.m., Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont]

LECTURES

‘Googlization’ of books:
Speakers discuss the legal, cultural and economic implications of Google moving into the center of the publishing ecosystem. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
 
Carter Center: Speakers discuss how the Carter Center is waging peace and building hope via partnerships with local governments, tribal leaders and civil society groups in Liberia. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
 
LITERARY EVENTS

Mary Winegarden:
The writer and teacher reads from “The Translator’s Sister.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]
 
Ken Babbs: The writer and Merry Prankster from the 1960s talks about his debut novel, “Who Shot the Water Buffalo?” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]
 
Nick Krieger: The San Francisco writer launches “Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Writers from Spain: Granta presents “The Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists Now on Tour in the U.S.” Featured writers are Andres Barba, Javier Montes and Alberto Olmos. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]
 
Literary lounge: Galeria de la Raza hosts its final Lunada literary lounge of the season. Guests include Albuquerque-based poets Andrea Serrano and Michelle Otero. [7:30 p.m., 2857 24th St., S.F.]
 
Jorian Polis Schutz and Federico Ulises Parolo:
The editor and illustrator talk about “Varitan’s Illustrated Greek Myths.” [7 p.m., Adobe Bookshop, 3166 16th St., S.F.]
 
AT THE COLLEGES

AIDS forum:
“Thirty Years of AIDS: The Challenges Ahead” is the theme addressed by speakers. [Noon, UCSF, Health Sciences West, Room 302, Health Sciences West Building, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]
 
AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Art lecture:
Museum docent Peggy Gordon discusses “Balenciaga and Spain.” [7 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]
 
North Beach Poetry Series: Mike Aguzin and Jerry Ferraz provide poetry and music. [7 p.m., North Beach Branch, 2000 Mason St., S.F.]
 
CITY

Musical couple:
Trumpet player Herb Alpert, one of the most successful instrumental performers in pop history, appears in concert with singer Lani Hall. [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]
 
Stein saluted: Poets Matthew Zapruder, Gillian Conoley and Paul Hoover salute 20th-century writer and eccentric Gertrude Stein. Litquake presents the event. [12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, Third and Mission streets, S.F.]
 
Comedy without a prayer: “Ha Ha Heathens” return. The show features “science comedian” Brian Malow, YouTube star and “head heathen” Keith Lowell Jensen and others. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

DINING OUT

La Mar Cebicheria:
Chef Gaston Acurio and chef de cuisine Diego Alcantara feature Peruvian cuisine, and seafood dishes are made with fully sustainable fish and shellfish. Dishes include octopus skewers, cebiches, empanadas, and causas (trio of whipped potatoes topped with seafood or vegetarian ingredient). Daily specials are available; check the restaurant’s Facebook page for details. [Pier 1 1/2, S.F. (415) 397-8880]

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