Literary Calendar

Spokane Poetry Slam - Every third Sunday. Slam poetry is a form of competitive performed poetry in which poets are judged by five members of the audience. Poets have three minutes to perform their own original work without costumes, props or musical accompaniment. The highest-scoring poet at the end of two rounds wins. Sign-ups at 8 p.m., slam at 8:30 p.m. For more information email Isaac Grambo at igrambo@hotmail.com. All ages are welcome, but content is not censored. Please use discretion. Scout, 1001 W. First St. $5/competitors or audience. (509) 869-2320.

Author T.M. Franklin - Book signing of “More.” Haunted by terrifying nightmares and certain she’s being watched, Ava finds an ally in her physics tutor. However, her tutor isn’t human and he’s not the only one. Sunday, 1-3 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 922-4104.

Quiet Bunny’s Many Colors - Another joyous bunny story with brilliant colors splashed across the pages by Lisa McCue. Treats will follow. Wednesday, 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 922-4104.

Literary Freedom Book Group - Discussion of “The Night Circus,” by Erin Morgenstern. Wednesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Authors Valorie Lipstein and Pamela Biasca Losada - Present “Empower: Stories of Breakthrough, Triumph and Discovery,” a book of wisdom and empowering breakthroughs from women who’ve encountered some of life’s biggest challenges. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will go to the YWCA Women’s Opportunity Center. Wednesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Poets Claire McQuerry and Ellen Welcker - McQuerry’s collection, “Lacemakers,” investigates the timeless questions of relationships, of loss and longing, and of environment both natural and manmade. Welcker’s, “The Botanical Garden,” was the recipient of the 2009 Astrophil Press Poetry Prize, which recognizes innovative writing from new voices in American poetry. Thursday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Authors Gregory Spatz and Shawn Vestal - Spatz will read from his new book, “Half as Happy,” which focuses on the self, the search for a personal truth and other tropes of contemporary literary fiction. Spokesman-Review columnist Vestal will discuss his debut book, “Godforsaken Idaho.” Friday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Author Bobby Wilhelm - Book signing of “Bobby Convict, School of Hard Knocks.” Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Calypso’s Coffee, 116 E. Lakeside Ave., Coeur d’Alene.

“Angelina Ballerina” - This tiny dancer has proven to have enormous staying power – she has been a hugely popular character for more than 20 years. Treats to follow. Saturday, 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 922-4104.

Spokane Novelists Group - Strong critiquing of fiction only, novels and short stories. No poetry, nonfiction, memoirs, etc., please. Bring five to 10 pages to read to the group and six to eight copies. Group meets second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Saturday, noon, Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave., Otis Orchards. Free. (509) 891-1695.

Author Barbara Ohler Weber - Book signing of her book “Fleeing to the Friendly Enemy,” a true story depicting the flight of a family to safety in America during World War II from their village in Romania. Saturday, 1 p.m., St. Thomas Catholic Church, 919 E. Indiana Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 446-6470.

Author Gordon Jackson - Reading, discussion and signing of “Sleep Faster, We Need the Pillows,” his sixth anthology of quotations. Saturday, 2 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Cowboy Music and Poetry - A benefit for the TumTum Community Center will feature old-time Western music, cowboy poetry, and a home cooked Western meal. Performers will include poetry by Dick Warwick; songs and poetry by Silver Glenn and George Thomsen; and songs by Western Reunion and Educated Fellers. Saturday, 6 p.m., TumTum Community Center, 6424 Highway 291, Milepost 18. $10/adults; $8/seniors and children; free/ages 5 and younger. For more information, call (509) 276-8574. April 27, 6 p.m., TumTum Community Center, 6424 Highway 291, Milepost 18, Tum Tum. $10/adults; $8/seniors and children; free/ages five and younger. (509) 276-8574.

Author Gerald Sittser - Reading, discussion and signing of “A Grace Revealed,” the long-awaited companion to “A Grace Disguised.” This reflection on hope, loss, and God’s story of redemption will inspire and empower you. Saturday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

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