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Davis to dish laughs, wisdom at Auntie’s

Deanna Davis, a popular Spokane speaker and workshop leader, has a new book titled “Laugh, Cry, Eat Some Pie” (Perigee Books, $13.95), with the subtitle “A Down-to-Earth Recipe for Living Mindfully (Even When the World Feels Half-Baked).”

Davis is known for using humor as a motivational tool. The book celebrates “the importance of mindful living, the power of friendships and the undeniable benefits of a good laugh (and, every now and then, a good cry).”

She will dispense some laughs, along with some wisdom, Thursday at 7 p.m. at Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave.

A cocktail and a thriller

Here’s a meet-the-author event at a nontraditional spot: The Satellite Diner Lounge, 425 W. Sprague Ave.

On Friday at 6 p.m., the Satellite will host Oregon author Kirk Spangler, who will be signing copies of his political thriller, “Capitol Crimes,” set at the Salem state Capitol.

He’s an Oregon administrative law judge and a debut novelist. The story begins with the discovery of a young woman’s body sprawled across a brass replica of the state seal.

The event is called “Capitol Crimes and Cocktails” and will include some drink specials. The Satellite is one of downtown’s favorite watering holes (not to mention a great breakfast spot).

North Idaho mysteries

Kingston, Idaho, author John Eisler has written two mystery novels set in and around Coeur d’Alene and the Silver Valley: “The Tanning Bed Murders” and its sequel, “The Search for Nora Wallace.”

Both feature the protagonist Jake Lowry and his team of detectives.

He’ll be signing both books at the Hastings Books, Music and Video store, 101 E. Best Ave. in Coeur d’Alene, Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Grab a bag of books

Looking for a good library book for your preschooler?

How about an entire bagful?

Several library districts across the region are offering a summer-themed book bag program for kids aged 2 to 5. All you have to do is show a library card and you can check out a bag containing books, poems, songs and activities on several different themes.

Themes include bears, science, weather, plants, farms, gardens, numbers and counting. It’s all part of the Early Literacy/Home Connection program.

The following library districts are part of the program: Spokane County Library District, Stevens County Library District, North Central Regional Library District (Republic), Pend Oreille County Library District and the Davenport city library system.

The Heart of Spirituality

The Heart of Spirituality reading series last year was such a success for the South Hill branch of the Spokane Public Library, 3324 S. Perry St., that the library is planning to restart it again in September.

The series covers many aspects of spirituality and last year the discussions attracted plenty of readers.

We’re giving you a heads-up now so you can get started on this year’s first novel, “The People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks.

Your deadline is Sept. 21; that’s when the first discussion will take place.

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