Good day: Tuesday, May 22

‘Spring art auction’: Visual Aid and the Academy of Friends present this reception and live auction benefiting local HIV/AIDS organizations and artists with life-threatening illnesses. [6to 9:30 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St.]

Who’s in town

Susanna Moore, author of “In the Cut,” presents her new novel, “Big Girls.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., Laurel Village, 3515 California St.]

City activities

‘Birthday Dinner’: Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s 26th annual fete and fundraiser includes an auction of designer dollhouses and an award presentation. [6 to 9 p.m., Hilton S.F., 333 O’Farrell St.]

Baseball night: The Giants play the Astros, and it’s Dave Roberts Poster Night at the ballpark. [7:15 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza]

Literary events

Lee Child: The suspense novelist discusses “Bad Luck and Trouble.” [12:30 p.m., Stacey’s Bookstore, 581 Market St.]

David Talbot: The journalist and Salon.com founder discusses “Brothers: A Hidden History of the Kennedy Years.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building]

Lectures

City restaurants: Chefs and restaurant owners take part in the second annual “State of San Francisco Restaurants” discussion. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St.]

State history: Biographer and former federal-government administrator James Worthen discusses “Governor James Rolph and the Great Depression of California.” [8 p.m., Mission Dolores School, 16th and Church streets]

At the public library

Asian American stories: Helen Zia, Justin Chin, Madeleine Lim, Mickel Paris and Rafaelito Sy take part in a program featuring Asian-American writers and filmmakers. [7 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court]

Poets Eleven: Poets selected from the District11 component of this district-by-district poetry contest read today. [6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St.]

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