Award-winning author Jaimy Gordon makes pit stop at Green Apple 

Who’s in town: Author Jaimy Gordon, whose novel “Lord of Misrule” received the National Book Award for fiction last year, visits Green Apple Books for a reading, signing, and meet-and-greet session. [7 p.m., 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Arizona shooting:
“Ramifications of Tucson” is the theme of a town-hall meeting addressing such issues as incendiary public discourse, easy access to firearms, and mental illness. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Vincent Cochetel: The United Nations Refugee Agency’s regional representative in the United States and the Caribbean discusses the role played by his organization. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Andrew Jameson: The professor and historian talks about the Battle of the Bulge, the largest and bloodiest U.S. land battle of World War II. [6 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events
Pearl Sofaer:
The musician, artist and gourmet cook talks about “Baghdad to Bombay: In the Kitchens of My Cousins.” [2 p.m., Peninsula Jewish Community Center, 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City]
Poetry night: Philip Hackett’s Poetry Gallery holds a Monday gathering, which includes an open-mic session. [6:30 p.m., Caffe Greco, 423 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges
Nalini Malini:
The artist, whose interdisciplinary work is influenced by her experiences as a refugee of the Partition of India, speaks. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Tim O’Brien: The novelist appears in conversation with Tobias Wolff. “Writing and War” is the theme.
[7 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library
Will-writing workshop:
Participants write their own will under supervision of an experienced California estate lawyer. Bring a nonerasable pen. [6:30 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

Job Seekers Lab: Computers are available for creating or updating your résumé, preparing job applications, and searching online for jobs. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Opera vocalist
Soprano Emily Albrink appears in recital, performing works by American composers. Music at Meyer presents the evening. [7:30 p.m., Temple Emanu-El, Martin Meyer Sanctuary, 2 Lake St., S.F.]

Local activities
Chamber music:
The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble presents “Root Causes,” a program of diverse chamber music. [8 p.m., Green Room, War Memorial, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Stand-up comic: Joe Klocek performs a comedy show. His credits include Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham” and the San Francisco Comedy Competition (he was runner-up). [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Dark side: “Noir City 9,” the 2011 San Francisco Film Noir Festival, presents “The Lady Gambles” (1949) and “Sorry, Wrong Number” (1948). Barbara Stanwyck stars in both. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.;]

Telling tales: Porchlight, a show in which tale spinners tell true stories without notes or memorization, presents a session. Guests include comic Emily Heller and artist Vero Majano. [8 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.]

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