“The Last Holocaust Survivor.” Author Adrienne Wolfert reads poems from her new book. At the Carlisle residence, 1450 Post St., S.F. 2 p.m. Free. (510) 932-6832.
Poetry and prose reading. Annual event highlighting writing of participants in JCCSF class. At JCC, 3200 California St., S.F. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. www.jccsf.org.
“Knish: In Search of Jewish Soul Food.” Author Laura Silver discusses her book about the modern-day renaissance of the knish. At San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F. 6 p.m. Free. Also May 22 at Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. Free. www.knishe.me.
Conversation with Ayelet Waldman. Reading and interactive video chat with the Berkeley author of “Love and Treasure,” a fictionalized account of the postwar Hungarian Gold Train. Contributions benefit ScholarMatch, which helps low-income students go to college. 3 p.m. www.wizeo.me.
“Decisions in the Dark.” Holocaust survivor Eva Maiden discusses her book about life in Austria after Nazi annexation. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 12 p.m. Free. www.jfcs-eastbay.org.
“Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises.” Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner discusses his book reflecting on the Great Recession. Co-sponsored by JCCSF and Congregation Emanu-El. At Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 7 p.m. $35-$55. www.jccsf.org/arts.