Bestselling humor writer Patrick McManus will release the latest installment in his Bo Tully series on Monday. “The Tamarack Murders” ($24.95, Skyhorse) sends Blight County, Idaho, Sheriff Tully into the woods, where he and his deputy witness a murder that puts them on the trail of an intricate web of deception.
McManus will be at Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave., at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss his writing, answer questions and sign books.
For information, call Auntie’s at (509) 838-0206.
Open mics ahead
On Friday, Auntie’s will host an open mic poetry event, hosted by trumpeter-poet Chris Cook, at 7 p.m.
The open mic will feature a special reading by retired professor and poet Dennis Held of works by Vachel Lindsay. Lindsay is considered the father of “singing poetry” and apparently lived at the Davenport Hotel for several years. He was born in Illinois in 1879 and became known in the 1910s as the “Prairie Troubador.”
Details? Call Auntie’s.
Holmes. Sherlock Holmes
Humanities Washington is asking the elementary question: Why are we fascinated by Sherlock Holmes?
Journalist Tom Keogh will discuss Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, at county libraries in early April.
“Dr. Doyle and Mr. Holmes: The Cultural Staying Power of Sherlock Holmes” will examine why we remain attached to a character created in 1886. It will also look at Holmes’ evolution.
Keogh writes about classical music, film and theater for the Seattle Times. He has taught film history and served as an assistant director of the Seattle International Film Festival. And, he’s working on a play about Holmes, commissioned by Seattle Children’s Theatre.
Keogh will lead three conversations:
• 6:30 p.m. Friday, Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St.
• 2 p.m. Saturday, Cheney Library, 610 First St.
• 2 p.m. April 7, North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road.
The events are free. For more information, visit scld.org or call (509) 893-8200.
Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance
Karen Ford, an English professor from the University of Oregon in Eugene, will come to Gonzaga University on Tuesday to present “Tomorrow … Who Knows?: The Future of Harlem Renaissance Poetry.”
Her talk, sponsored by the GU English department as part of its visiting scholars series, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Wolff Auditorium.
According to her website, Ford is at work on a book about race and poetic form, “trying to understand the processes by which some forms – the sonnet, ballad, haiku, or free verse, for instance – are ‘racialized,’ given a racial content or asked to do racial work in the literary culture.”