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Cultural Staying Power of Sherlock Holmes - Journalist Tom Keogh leads a conversation about Sherlock Holmes, the story of his creation by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the latter’s subsequent love-hate relationship with the character over decades. Today, 2 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.

BootSlam - Spokane Poetry Slam presents competitive performance poetry. Three minutes to compete; no costumes, props or musical accompaniment. Sign-ups at 8 p.m., slam starts promptly at 8:30 p.m. The event is open to all ages, but Spokane Poetry Slam does not censor for content. Discretion is advised. Today, Boots Bakery and Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. $5/to compete; $5/suggested donation for audience members. (509) 703-7223.

Auntie’s Morning Book Group – Discussion of “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel. Drop-ins are welcome. Tuesday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

The Heart of Spirituality Book Discussion Series – Discussion of “A Beggar in Jerusalem” by Elie Wiesel. Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m., South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. Free. (509) 444-5386.

Auntie’s Evening Book Group – Discussion of “Breakfast with Buddha” by Roland Merullo. Drop-ins are welcome. Tuesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series: Jason Brown - Fiction writer and author of the short-story collections “Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work” and “Driving the Heart and Other Stories.” His work has appeared in publications such as The Best American Short Stories, Harper’s, Open City, TriQuarterly, The Atlantic, The Georgia Review and KGB Anthology. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Central Washington University, SURC Theater, 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg. Free. (509) 936-1530.

Author Bonita Gilbert – The North Idaho College history professor will discuss her new book, “Building for War: The Epic Saga of the Civilian Contractors and Marines of Wake Island in World War II.” The book offers a new perspective on why the United States was taken by surprise in December 1941 and pays tribute to the forgotten Wake men and their families. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Library, Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315.

Get Lit! An Evening with Chris McDougall – In “Born to Run,” author Christopher McDougall sets out to test his limitations as a long-distance runner. His journey takes him from Harvard’s laboratories to Mexico’s Copper Canyon. In addition to a talk and book signing, McDougall will lead a 4-mile Bloomsday training run at 6 p.m.; talk and book signing at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St.

Author Adam Johnson - Reading from his book “The Orphan Master’s Son.” He is an associate professor of English with emphasis in creative writing at Stanford University. A Whiting Writers’ Award winner and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, his fiction has appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, Playboy, Paris Review, Granta, Tin House and Best American Short Stories. He is the author of “Emporium,” a short-story collection, and the novel “Parasites Like Us.” Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., University of Idaho, College of Law Courtroom, Menard Law Building, (208) 885-6259; Thursday, 4 p.m., BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208) 882-2669. Free.

Get Lit ! Headliners – Monday-April 14. A weeklong celebration of reading, writing and storytelling for all ages. Headlining authors include: Thursday, 7 p.m., Jonathan Evison and Kim Barnes; Friday, 7 p.m., Joyce Carol Oates, Jaimy Gordon, and David Shields; Saturday, 7 p.m., Major Jackson and Robert Wrigley; Sunday, 11:30 a.m., Rebecca Stead. Evison’s works include New York Times bestseller, “West of Here.” His latest novel is “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving.” Barnes is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, she will read from her latest novel “In the Kingdom of Men.” Oates is the celebrated and beloved author of more than 100 publications. Her most recent work is the gothic novel, “The Accursed.” Gordon is the author of “Lord of Misrule,” recipient of the National Book Award. Shields will read from his latest work, “How Literature Saved My Life.” Jackson is the author of several award-winning poetry collections, his latest work is “Holding Company.” Poet Wrigley’s most recently published collection is “Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems.” The children/youth headlining author is Rebecca Stead. She is the author of New York Times bestseller “Liar & Spy.” All readings will take place at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. For more information about the authors or events, visit or call (509) 359-6977. $15/adults; $45/festival pass; free/youth and students, limited seating. Tickets available through TicketsWest. 1-800-325-SEAT.

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!) - Come celebrate author Beverly Cleary’s birthday with snacks, books, and wristbands you can earn by reading. Bring the kids, stop by the library, drop everything and read. Thursday, 3-5 p.m. at the East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail library branches; and Friday, 3-5 p.m., at Downtown, Shadle and South Hill library branches. Free. (509) 444-5331.

Get Lit! Pie & Whiskey Reading - Enjoy an evening of pie and whiskey while 12 Get Lit! Festival authors read flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and poetry. Thursday, 9 p.m., Woman’s Club, 1428 W. Ninth Ave. Free/includes one beverage and slice of pie. Please contact in advance for special accommodations at (509) 359-6977 or

Get Lit! Festival Writing Workshops - Festival authors will conduct eight writing workshops. The morning sessions from 9:30-11:30 a.m. are: The Art of Revision with Anna Vodicka, Listening to What the Poem Wants to Say with Maxine Scates, Nonfiction Workshop: Crafting Evocative Prose with Joe Wilkins, and Developing Voice with Lidia Yuknavitch. The afternoon sessions from 3:30-5:30 p.m. are: World Building: Creating a Setting with the Inland Empire Chapter of Romance Writers of America, Literary Collage with David Shields, Poetry Workshop: Reading and Writing the Land in Verse with Carolyne Wright, and a Graphic Novel Workshop with Sean Agriss. There will also be a Kids Writing Workshop from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and a Youth Slam Poetry Workshop from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Registration is recommended at Visit www.brownpaper and enter Get Lit! for a list of workshops available. Saturday, Red Lion Hotel at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive. $30/general; $20/students with ID, per workshop. The two youth workshops are free.

Get Lit! Festival Pair Readings - An afternoon of readings by award-winning authors. Each reading will be followed a brief Q&A and book signing. Jim Lynch and Joe Wilkins at 2 p.m.; Lidia Yuknavitch and Kate Zambreno at 3 p.m.; Sherril Jaffe and Sharma Shields at 4 p.m. Saturday, Red Lion Hotel at the Park, Audubon/Manito Room, Lobby Level, 303 W. North River Drive. Books will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public.

Get Lit! Children and Young Adults - Author Patricia McCormick’s latest novel, “Never Fall Down,” is based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, a young Cambodian boy who used his musical talent to save himself from the brutal campaigns of the Khmer Rouge. Joining her will be Emily Danforth, author of the widely acclaimed coming-of-age novel “The Miseducation of Cameron Post.” Free and open to the public. Saturday, 11:30 a.m., Spokane Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 444-5336.

Spokane Novelists Group - Strong critiquing of fiction only. Bring five to 10 pages to read to the group, and six to eight copies. Saturday, noon, Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave., Otis Orchards. Free. (509) 891-1695.

Author Kerry McGinn – Book signing of “The Young Woman’s Breast Health Book.” Saturday, 3-5 p.m., Hastings Books, 2512 E. 29th Ave. (509) 535-4342.

Get Lit! Jess Walter and Shawn Vestal Reading - The last in the pair reading series. A discussion will follow the readings. Saturday, 5 p.m., Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. $5/suggested donation. (509) 465-3591.