April 12, 2009 in Features

literary events

 

Among the local literary events over the coming week (free unless otherwise noted):

Get Lit! Youth Poetry Slam - Teams of two or more students, age 5-12, will compete for prizes. Any students may enter, including those who are home schooled. Monday, registration 4:45 p.m., competition at 5:30, Kress Gallery, River Park Square, third level, 808 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 473-4827

EWU MFA Faculty Reading - Christopher Howell, Melissa Kwasny, Sam Ligon, Greg Spatz, Rachel Toor, John Keeble and others. Monday, 7:30 p.m., Empyrean Coffeehouse, 154 S. Madison St. (509) 368-6594

Auntie’s Morning Book Group - “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman. Tuesday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206

Writers Club - Members critique each others submissions. Tuesday, 1 p.m., On Sacred Grounds, 12212 E. Palouse Highway, Valleyford. (509) 747-6294

Get Lit! Teen Poetry Slam - For teams or individual poets. Anyone age 13-18 may compete, including students who are home schooled. Tuesday, registration 5:45 p.m., competition 6:30 p.m., Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison St. (509) 473-4827

SCC Epoch Reading Experience - With writers Zan Agzigian, Jim Kershner, Laurie Lamon and Thom Caraway. Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Spokane Community College, Learning Resources Center, Building 16, Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities, second floor, 1810 N. Greene St. (509) 533-4173

Adult Reading Group - “Beneath My Mother’s Feet” by Amjed Qamar. Refreshments provided. Tuesday, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Cafe, 15310 E. Indiana Ave. (509) 922-4104

Auntie’s Evening Book Group - “Run” by Ann Patchett. Tuesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206

The Spokane Storytellers - Open to anyone interested in hearing or telling stories. Tuesday, 7 p.m., Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave.

Inland Northwest Writers Guild - Join with other aspiring and accomplished writers to discuss the latest news about the publishing industry. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206

Get Lit! College Poetry Slam - For teams or individual poets. Any college student age 18 and older may compete. Wednesday, 7 p.m., Empyrean Coffeehouse, 154 S. Madison St. (509) 368-6594

Paul Roberts - Author of “The End of Food.” Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Spokane Community College, Lair Student Center auditorium, 1810 N. Greene St. (509) 368-6587

Jane Smiley - Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Thousand Acres” will read from her latest work, “Ten Days in the Hills,” and discuss her writing process. Also readings by Laurie Notaro. Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $20/adults, $10/students. (509) 325-SEAT

Coffee and Conversation with Three Poets - Get Lit! panel with Oliver de la Paz, Martha Silano and Ken Letko. Friday, 9:30 a.m., Spokane Community College, Building 16, Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities, second floor, 1810 N. Greene St. (509) 533-7045

Approaches to Memoir - Get Lit! panel with Glenda Burgess, Brandon Schrand and Brenda Miller. Friday, 9:30 a.m., Spokane Falls Community College, Building 24, Room 110. (509) 368-6594

A Female Perspective on Writing - Get Lit! panel with Jane Smiley, Laurie Notaro, Kathryn Trueblood and Midge Raymond. Friday, 10 a.m., Eastern Washington University, Pence Union Building, Room 263, Cheney. (509) 368-6594

Wanda Brunstetter - Signing copies of her books including “The Wisdom of Solomon,” her children’s Amish cookbook, and “A Cousin’s Promise,” the first in her Indiana Cousins series. Friday, 4-6 p.m., Hastings Books and Video, 1704 W. Wellesley Ave., (509) 327-6008; Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 15310 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley, (509) 922-4104.

Buddy Levy and William Dietrich - Washington State University instructor Levy writes nonfiction about historical events, most recently “Conquistador: Herman Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs.” Dietrich is the author of eight novels including his Ethan Gage historical fiction series. Friday, 5 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore auditorium, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206

Charles Baxter - Author of “The Feast of Love” will read from his latest book, “The Soul Thief.” Friday, 7:30 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $10. (509) 325-SEAT

After-Hours Poetry Read-Around - As part of Get Lit!, Whitworth University English professor Laurie Lamon and five other regional poets will read from their works. Friday, 9 p.m., Europa Restaurant, 125 S. Wall St. (509) 777-3253

Journal to Self: 22 Paths to Personal Growth - Various methods of journaling for holistic and mental health. Four-part class meets Saturdays through May 9, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., St. Joseph’s Family Center, 1016 N. Superior St. $90, plus $10 for materials. (509) 483-6495

Writing for a Younger Audience -

Get Lit! panel with Claire Rudolf Murphy, Deby Fredericks, Kelly Milner Halls, Patrick Carman, Margaret Lippert. Saturday, 10 a.m., Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. (509) 368-6594

Get Lit! Reading - Sherry Jones (“The Jewel of Medina”) and Glenda Burgess (“The Geography of Love”). Saturday, 10:30 a.m., South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry. (509) 368-6594

Get Lit! Reading - Brenda Miller (“Blessing of the Animals”) and Midge Raymond (“Forgetting English”). Saturday, 11 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort Wright Drive. (509) 368-6594

Patrick Carman - Regional young adult writer (“Land of Elyon” series) will discuss online storytelling. Saturday, 11:30 a.m., Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. (509) 368-6594

Pride, Prejudice, Persuasion: Reacting to Jane Austen - Get Lit! panel discussion with Pamela Aidan, Lisa Freeman, Angela Rasmussen, Beth Torgerson and Chris Valeo. Saturday, noon, Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. (509) 368-6594

Writers Don’t Just Write, They Submit - Get Lit! panel discusson with Kate Trublood, Martha Silano, Charles Baxter and William Dietrich. Saturday, noon, Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. (509) 368-6594

Graphic Novels, From Post-It Notes to Publisher - Get Lit! panel discussion with Eric Anderson and Manny Trembley. Saturday, 1 p.m., Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. (509) 368-6594

Designing a Writer’s Life - Get Lit! panel discussion with Buddy Levy, Mark Steilen, Sam Green, Brandon Schrand and Brenda Miller. Saturday, 1 p.m., Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. (509) 368-6594

Battling Censorship - Get Lit! panel discussion with Sherry Jones, Chris Crutcher and Chris O’Harra. Saturday, 1 p.m., Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. (509) 368-6594.

KPBX Kids’ Concert - Songs and stories from around the world, with author Margaret Lippert and the Spokane Area Children’s Chorus. Get Lit! event. Saturday, 1 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (509) 473-4827

Holly Zack - Local poet will sign her book “Unfurled Emotions.” Saturday, 1-4 p.m., Hastings Books, Music and Videos, 101 Best Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 819-8374

Writing Workshop for Teens - Hosted by editors of the Willow Springs literary journal. High-school writers and poets are invited to present their poetry (up to three poems) or prose (up to eight pages of fiction or nonfiction); bring an original and three copies of each manuscript. Get Lit! event. Saturday, 2 p.m., Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. Free; register at willowspringsewu@gmail.com or (509) 359-7535.

Adina Hoffman - Jerusalem poet presents “My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness,” her biography of Palestinian poet Taha Muhammed Ali. Saturday, 2 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore auditorium, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206

Get Lit! Festival Reading - Poets Sam Green and Oliver de la Paz. Saturday, 3 p.m., Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. 368-6594.

Get Lit! Festival Reading - Kathryn Trueblood (“The Baby Lottery”) and Martha Silano (“Blue Positive”). Saturday, 3 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 368-6594

Kenn Nesbitt - Children’s author will read from his latest book, “My Hippo has the Hiccups,” and conduct a poetry writing workshop for children 8 and older. Saturday, 3-4:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206

Families Read Workshop - Sponsored by Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program, this free workshop helps parents of young children select appropriate books and find ways to fit reading into daily routines. Saturday, 3-4:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206

Get Lit! Festival Reading - Idaho authors Claire Davis, Buddy Levy, Brandon R. Schrand and Jeanette Weaskus will read essays from the collection “Borne on Air.” Saturday, 4 p.m., Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. (509) 368-6594.

David Suzuki - Author of more than 40 books including his latest, “The Big Picture: Reflections on Science.” Pulitzer-prize winner William Dietrich will also read from his nonfiction essays on nature and the Pacific Northwest. Saturday, 8 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $20/adults, $10/students. (509) 368-6594


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