Courtesy Friends of the San Francisco Public Library<p>The Big Book Sale

Courtesy Friends of the San Francisco Public Library<p>The Big Book Sale

Sept. 25: Big book sale and more

Who's in town

Gail Sheehy, author of the 1970s best-seller “Passages,” a road map to adulthood, speaks about her life as a pioneering journalist and political writer. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Architecture talk: Architect Alan Hess discusses the history of suburban sprawl as part of the Architecture and the City festival. [6 p.m., Chrome Architecture, 905 Fourth St., San Rafael]

Literary events

'Gutenberg's Apprentice': Novelist Alix Christie sets her story in the workshop of Johann Gutenberg, creator of the printing press. [7 p.m., 1802 Hays St., Presidio, S.F.]

New essays: Roxane Gay's “Bad Feminist” is a collection of humorous essays about politics, culture, feminism and more. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Book club: The Is That a Gun In Your Pocket? book club discusses “The Stone Boy” by Sophie Loubiere. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1375 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame]

All about Judy: Randy L. Schmidt, whose books include “Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter,” discusses his new book, “Judy Garland on Judy Garland: Interviews and Encounters,” with an accompanying slide show. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the public library

Mexican crafts: Learn repujado, the Mexican art of metal embossing, and create some artwork as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. [2 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.; 3 p.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Chamber ensemble: Chamber music students perform a free concert. [Noon, Gleeson Library, USF, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

View of South Korea: Park Won Soon, mayor of Seoul, speaks about “Good Governance in South Korea: Mobilizing Citizens Through Engaged Communication.” [4 p.m., McCaw Hall, Stanford University, 326 Galvez St., Stanford]

Local activities

World War I on film: “Diaries of the Great War,” a World War I drama series incorporating real diaries and letters from the time period, screens. [6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut SF Art Lounge, 530 Bush St., S.F.]

Drag show: The Hard Rock Cafe is marking National Breast Cancer Awareness month with “Legends and Divas — Drag that Rocks,” featuring live and lip-sync performances by drag stars. Proceeds benefit the Bay Area-based Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. [9 p.m., Pier 39, S.F.]

Classical music and beyond: Erased Tapes, a U.K. label that showcases contemporary composers, presents Douglas Dare, Greg Gives Peter Space and Rival Consoles in a special West Coast tour. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., SF]

NightLife: Disease outbreaks are the theme at this week's NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences. Listen to microbiologists weigh in on current disease outbreaks, play some pandemic trivia and learn some survival techniques as part of the academy's Pandemic science festival. [6 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Damien Lemon has appeared on Comedy Central's “Russell Simmons: The Ruckus” and MTV's “Guy Code.” Milt Abel and Gary Anderson are also on the bill. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Rock show: Fuzz-rockers Rival Sons are playing songs from their latest album, “Great Western Valkyrie,” and more. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Comedy: Comedians Guy Branum, Janine Brito and Kevin Shea perform. [8 p.m., Cobbs Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Book sale

The Big Book Sale, kicking off a four-day run, fills the Festival Pavilion with over 500,000 books, DVDs and more. All proceeds benefit library programs. [10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

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