Oct. 22: Indie rock, new fiction and more

Courtesy photoIndie rock: Globe-trotter Life Leone is opening for local band Wag and promoting his latest album

Who's in town

U.K. writer Eimear McBride, whose novel “A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing” won several awards after being rejected by publishers, appears in conversation with local writer Anisse Gross. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Stopping elder exploitation: The Institute on Aging and Tideswell Center at UCSF present a panel on financial exploitation of the elderly, including how to prevent it and resources for stopping it. A $10 entrance fee goes toward Institute on Aging services. [6 p.m., Weinberg Auditorium, Institute on Aging, 3575 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Looking at innovation: Steven Johnson, science writer and host of the PBS show “How We Got to Now,” explores the history of innovation and how great ideas develop. [7 p.m., Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Film criticism: New York Magazine film critic David Edelstein speaks about his work in a benefit for the 826 Valencia Scholarship program. [7:30 p.m., 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Literary events

Pizza perfection: Tony Gemignani shares the secrets of pizza bliss from Italy to California in his new book, “The Pizza Bible: The World's Favorite Pizza Styles.” [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Grim tale: Alexis Coe's new book, “Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis,” tells the dramatic story of a 19th-century transgender woman, a forbidden romance and a grisly murder. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the public library

Homework help: Volunteers help K-8 students complete homework assignments, study for tests, and strengthen language and math skills. [4 to 6 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Soccer games: San Francisco State's men's and women's soccer teams are hosting teams from Hawaii Hilo University. [Men play at 1 p.m., women play at 3:30 p.m., Cox Stadium, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Public forum: State Assembly candidates David Chiu and David Campos speak at a forum about Proposition G (a real estate speculation tax) and Proposition E (a tax on sugary beverages). [7 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

CD-release show: Oakland comedian Kelly Anneken marks the release of her new comedy album, “Twenty Minutes to Sell.” [7 p.m., Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Offbeat comedian Emo Philips, who has appeared in “UHF” and “Slacker Cats,” performs. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Canadian rock: The Strumbellas, hailing from Ontario, Canada, play rootsy rock from their new album, “We Still Move on Dance Floors,” and more. [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Indie rock: Globe-trotter Life Leone is opening for local band Wag and promoting his latest album, “Comes Crashing.” [8 p.m., Neck of the Woods, 406 Clement St., S.F.]

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