BootSlam - Each poet has three minutes to present original work without costumes, props, or musical accompaniment. Five judges chosen at random score each poem, and the highest cumulative score after two rounds wins $50. Sign-ups start at 7 p.m., slam begins at 7:30 p.m. Today, Boots Bakery, 24 W. Main Ave. $5/competitors, $5/suggested audience donation. (509) 703-7223.
Coeur d’Alene Teen Book Club - Participants will select books in different genres for each session. For ages 12-18. Monday, Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 769-2315.
Auntie’s Morning Book Group – Discussion of “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi. Tuesday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Auntie’s Evening Book Group - Discussion of “Birds Without Wings” by Louis de Bernières. Tuesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
“That is Not a Good Idea” - Come hear the newest tale by beloved children’s author Mo Willems and stay for a fun craft. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Digging Up Murder - Archaeologists, anthropologists, geologists, and forensic scientists dig into the mysteries surrounding sudden and violent deaths. Collect some new mystery authors to try, and bring your favorites to share. Presented by Kandy Brandt, SCLD librarian and mystery maven. Wednesday, 2 p.m., Cheney Library, 610 First St., Cheney. Free. (509) 893-8280.
Author Sam Lien Le – Presenting “The Spirit Stills the Storm: From Tyranny to the American Dream.” Lien Le’s personal memoir revisits Vietnam prison camps, perilous escape attempts, overcrowded boats, typhoon-plagued passages and beyond, leaving you with a newfound sense of appreciation and wonder for life, liberty, and the ever-present spirit which stills the storms. Wednesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main St. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Author Nancy Allison Wright - She will speak on her book, “Yankee on the Yangtze: Romance and Adventure Follow the Birth of Aviation.” It is a biography of her father, Ernie “Allie” Allison, a pioneer of early aviation. Thursday, noon, Teppanyaki Restaurant, Franklin Park Mall, 5504 N. Division St. Lunch purchase is required at door. (509) 325-9922.
Teen Writers of the Inland Empire - Come write fiction and poetry and share your work in an encouraging and positive environment. Pens, pencils, paper, prompts and snacks will be provided. You bring the creativity. For sixth-grade and older. For more information, visit www.teenwritersoftheinland empire.blogspot.com. Thursday, 4 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 893-8400.
Author Craig Johnson - Presenting “A Serpent’s Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery.” Johnson is the author of the award-winning and New York Times bestselling Walt Longmire mystery series, the basis for “Longmire,” the hit A&E original drama series. Thursday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Spokane Poetry Slam Showcase and Fundraiser - The five finalists from our area will give us a glimpse of what they will be doing at the National Poetry Slam in Boston in August. Auntie’s will donate 10 percent of sales this evening to the Spokane Poetry Slam Team. Friday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
“Edgar and Me” - Dawn Brunker will share her story about Edgar the crow and a little girl who loved him enough to let him go. Saturday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Spokane Novelists Group - Strong critiquing of fiction only, including novels and short stories. Bring five to 10 pages to read to the group as well as six to eight copies of your work. Group meets the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at noon. Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave. Free. (509) 891-1695.
If you have been exposed to a bit too much "Spokane is practically perfect in every way" cheerleading and need a reality check, just ask someone who works in the ...
A GRIP ON SPORTS • "Big time" means a lot of things to a lot of people. To some, it has a negative connotation, as in "he big-timed me." To ...
Washington state is now so chock-full of candidates for statewide office that you may not be able to avoid stumbling over one the next time you venture into a gathering ...
You'll have to contend with Iron-type people, if you go downtown this weekend. They'll be practicing and strutting their muscular bodies on Saturday. And performing on Sunday. I'm curious what ...
sponsored Jargon is confusing, by definition. And the financial world has its own set of cryptic words.