Among local literary events over the coming week (free unless otherwise indicated):
Zone 4 Reading Series - Monthly downtown writer’s reading series. Today, open mic 3-3:30 p.m., readings by Stuart Polzin and Tom Davis, 3:30-5 p.m., John Thamm Gallery, Hutton Building, 11 S. Washington St. (509) 951-3374
Good Food Book Club - Hosted by the Moscow Food Co-op. “Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health” by Marion Nestle, Monday, 7-8:30 p.m. at a private residence in Moscow, Idaho; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for directions. (208) 882-8537
Rick Steves - Travel expert will discuss his new book, “Travel as a Political Act,” and share his experiences. Tuesday, 5 p.m., Gonzaga University, Cataldo Hall Globe Room. $15. (509) 313-3567
Poetry Scribes of Spokane - Wholesome poetry for ages 18 and older. Bring a favorite poem to read. Wednesday, 1 p.m., North Spokane County Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. (509) 796-2180
Karen Estes - Local author and librarian at Canfield Middle School in Coeur d’Alene will sign her recent novel, “Plane of the Ecliptic.” Saturday, 2-4 p.m., Hastings, 101 Best Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 772-6679
Faye M. Thompson - Presents a collection of God-inspired poems and short stories. Saturday, 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley. (509) 922-4104.