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

Big Read Book Discussions - “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. Today, 1-3 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road, led by Shrinking Violets Society; Friday, 5 p.m., VFW Post 51, 300 W. Mission Ave., led by Hospital Corpsman Eric Guptill, U.S. Navy. (509) 359-6977

Friends of the Cheney Library Book Discussion Group - “Lottery: A Novel,” by Patricia Wood. Tuesday, 7 p.m., Cheney Library, 610 First St., Cheney. (509) 893-8280

Abby Johnson - Former clinic director for Planned Parenthood and author of “unPLANNED,” excerpts from which were read when the U.S. House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Presented by Celebrate LIFE Spokane. Tuesday, 7 p.m., INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (509) 844-8295

Coeur d’Alene Public Library Pageturners Books Club - “A Treasure Called Tubbs Hill,” by Scott Ree. Thursday, 10:15 a.m., Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 769-2315, Ext. 426

“The Things They Carried” panel discussion - Discussion of the themes from Tim O’Brien’s novel, this year’s Big Read Spokane selection, with Greg Falk, executive director of Arc of Spokane; Brian Nichols, director of Spokane County Developmental Disabilities; James Wilson, engineer; Daniel Garrity, professor of media at Gonzaga University and a U.S. Air Force veteran; and Dr. Ann Marie Monson, U.S. Air Force veteran. Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Eastern Washington University, Riverfront Campus, Phase 1 Building, Room 122. (509) 359-6977

Martha Mullen - Discusses her book “Reflections on the Road,” about people and landmarks on the back roads of the Palouse. Wednesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206

Moran Prairie Library Book Club - “What is the What: the Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng,” by Dave Eggers. Thursday, 2 p.m., Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St. (509) 893-8340

Joan Kopczynski - Signing her book “Lies, Spies and Conspiracies.” Friday. 4-7 p.m., Hastings, 15312 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley. (509) 924-0667.

James L. Payne - Political scientist and retired Yale University professor presents his book “Six Political Illusions.” Friday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206

Rich Leon - Presents his book “Nature Exploring in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.” Saturday, noon-4 p.m., Hastings, 2512 E. 29th Ave. (509) 535-4342

Spokane Novelists Group - Strong critiquing of fiction only, novels and short stories (no poetry, nonfiction, memoirs, etc.). Bring five to 10 pages to read to the group and six to eight copies. Saturday, noon, Argonne Library, 4332 N. Argonne Road, Millwood. (509) 891-1695

Jesse E. Freels - Spokane Valley teacher and coach signs copies of his young adult mystery novel, “Murder at Foxbluff Lake.” Saturday, 1-4 p.m., Hastings, Palouse Empire Mall, 2230 W. Pullman Road, Moscow, Idaho. (208) 882-8912

Trent Reedy - Local author signs copies of his young adult novel “Words in the Dust,” about an Afghan girl who discovers new friends and opportunities after her country experiences a change of regime. Saturday, 1-3 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206

Jo Ann Bender - Presenting a work of historical fiction, “Lebensborn,” about a French girl caught in the trap of the SS during World War II to create a master race. Saturday, 1:30 p.m., East Bonner County Library District, 1407 Cedar St., Sandpoint. (509) 732-8917

Buddy Levy - Local historian and Washington State University professor, co-host of the History Channel show “Decoded, “presents his latest book, “Francisco Orellana’s Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon.” Saturday, 2 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206