Poet Derek Sheffield - Teacher of nature writing and poetry at Wenatchee Valley College presents his poetry collection, “Through the Second Skin.” Today, 1:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Author Rebecca Solnit - San Francisco writer is the author of 13 books about art, landscape, public and collective life, ecology, politics, hope, meandering, reverie and memory. Tuesday, 4 p.m., Washington State University, CADD 21, Pullman. Free. (509) 335-8686.
Those Silly Animals Storytime and Craft - Listen to stories about animals being silly and make a silly craft. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
“Are You My Mother?” - P.D. Eastman spins a tale of a baby bird on a journey to find his mother. Treats and crafts will follow. Wednesday, 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 922-4104.
Author Candess M. Campbell - Reiki master and energy healer presents her book, “12 Weeks to Self-Healing: Transforming Pain Through Energy Medicine.” Wednesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Let’s Talk About It, Idaho! - The University of Idaho Library and the Moscow Public Library are joining forces. Ron McFarland will discuss “A Victorian Gentlewoman in the Far West” by Mary Hallock Foote. Wednesday, 7 p.m., University of Idaho, Library, 850 Rayburn St., Moscow. (208) 885-7521.
Author Rebecca Solnit - The Distinguished Visiting Writer will give a public reading. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., University of Idaho, College of Law Courtroom, Menard Law Building, 711 Rayburn St., Moscow. (208) 885-7251.
Gender, Identity and Representation in Chile - Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research series. The 2006 election of the first female president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, brought to the public sphere topics of gender, inequality and representation. In this talk, Claudia Bucciferro, visiting assistant professor, Department of Communication Arts at Gonzaga University, addresses current issues of identity, drawing from her recent book “FOR-GET: Identity, Media, and Democracy in Chile.” Presented by Women’s Studies Center. Thursday, noon-12:50 p.m., Eastern Washington University, Monroe 207, Cheney. Free. (509) 359-2898.
“An Intimate Conversation with Rick Steves” - Steves will discuss how to learn about the world through travel. Purchase tickets online at www.gonzaga.edu.com. Saturday, 2 p.m., Gonzaga University, Cataldo Hall Globe Room. $25. (509) 313-3567.