courtesy photo<p>International pop: Norwegian pop singer Susanne Sundfør is touring to promote her acclaimed new album

May 18: Earplay, comedy and more

Who's in town

Linda Mornell, who received a 2014 award from the Dalai Lama for her work with students, discusses her new book, ” Forever Changed: How Summer Programs and Insight Mentoring Challenge Adolescents and Transform Lives.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Thoughts on liberty: Charles Murray of the conservative American Enterprise Institute discusses his new book, “By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Wine talk: Learn about wine from the really Old Old World, including Croatia, Slovenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. [7 p.m., 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St., S.F.]

Literary events

Family story: Celeste Ng's “Everything I Never Told You” explores divisions between cultures and rifts within families. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Open mic: Singer-songwriter Anthony Presti is performing, followed by an open mic of music and poetry. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Novel translation: Mexican novelist Mario Bellatin, whose acclaimed novel “Beauty Salon” was published by City Lights in 2010, is speaking about his newly translated book, “Jacob the Mutant.” [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Debut novel: Kamy Wicoff, co-founder of the community for female writers and the publisher She Writes Press, is presenting her debut novel, “Wishful Thinking,” a modern-day fairy tale about living life in real time. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

At the public library

Older Writers Laboratory: Seniors are invited share their work at the poetry-writing group. [10 a.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Sex trafficking: Learn what Oakland-based nonprofit Banteay Srei is doing to fight sex trafficking in the Bay Area, especially in Southeast Asian communities. [Noon, UC San Francisco, 500 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Earplay: The Earplay chamber music ensemble's 30th season concludes with several world premieres, including Carla Lucero's “El Castillo Interior: The Interior Castle.” [7:30 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Comedy fundraiser: The “Gift of Laughs” comedy show is raising money for the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Withers tribute: Seattle singer Aspen Jordan is the featured singer in “Lovely Day: A Tribute to Bill Withers,” which honors the legacy of the songwriter known for songs like “Lean On Me,” “Just the Two of Us” and “Ain't No Sunshine.” [8 p.m., Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

International pop: Norwegian pop singer Susanne Sundfør is touring to promote her acclaimed new album, “Ten Love Songs.” [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

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