Good Day: April 29, 2010 

Best-selling novelist Jacqueline Winspear reads from “The Mapping of Love and Death,” the latest book in her Maisie Dobbs series. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Yasumasa Nagamine:
The consul general of Japan in San Francisco speaks at a spring reception focusing on Japanese foreign policy and culture. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Impressionist art: Commonwealth Club and Artpoint host a discussion and celebration of how the impressionist artists of the later 19th century were rebels who redefined the world. [6 p.m., 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St., S.F.]

Paul Loeb:
The longtime activist delivers a wholly updated new edition of “Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Ridley Pearson: The best-selling author will sign and answer questions about his new Disney Parks-inspired book, “Kingdom Keepers lll: Disney in Shadow.” [6 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Teddy Wayne: The novelist discusses “Kapitoil.” [6 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dipesh Chakrabarty:
The University of Chicago historian gives a talk titled “Does Global Climate Change Change History?” [7 p.m., Y2E2, Room 111, Red Atrium, Stanford University, Stanford]

Graphic-novel team:
Author Quentin Lee and artist John Hahn read from and sign copies of “Campus Ghost Story,” their new graphic novel. [6 p.m., Main Library, James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Canines on Camera’: Film series presents Christopher Guest’s “Best in Show” (2001). [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Charity kick-off:
Dancers and sports stars vie to see who are the better athletes in “Toe to Toe,” a benefit for ODC Dance Commons and Cal Athletics. Judges include Ronnie Lott and MC Hammer. [6:30 p.m., Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Bite night: “Nightlife” at the California Academy of Sciences presents an “Extremely Toothy” evening. Dr. John McCosker discusses sharks; Solid Bump Records provides the music. [6 to 10 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Love happens: Comedian, actress and TV host Loni Love opens a three-day gig at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

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