Author Tawnie Bailey - Book signing of her first novel, “She Smiles.” The novel tells the story of two siblings, Angela and Aaron, navigating the tough and tender days of high school in 1990s Seattle. Today, 1-4 p.m., Hastings Books, 101 Best Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 664-0464.
Spokane Poetry Slam Finals – The finalists include Chris Cook, Mark Anderson, Jazlyn Jacobs, Tim Johnson, Lauren Gilmore, Kurt Olson, Travis Naught and Drew Coffin. Today, 8:30 p.m., Scout Tavern, 1001 W. First Ave. $8/suggested donation. (509) 747-3434.
Author Billie A. Kennedy - Book signing of “White Line Warriors.” The author shares her trucking experiences of share-driving an 18-wheeler with her husband. Monday, 1 p.m., Spokane Petro Travel Center, 10506 W. Aero Road. (509) 570-3775.
Author James Glass – The prolific science fiction writer introduces his latest sci-fi novel, “Branegate.” Tuesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Poet Elizabeth Austen - Presented by the Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series. She is the author of the poetry collection “Every Dress a Decision” and two chapbooks, “The Girl Who Goes Alone” and “Where Currents Meet.” Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Central Washington University, SURC Theatre, 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg. Free. (509) 963-1530.
“Little Cub” - A darling companion to “Old Bear and His Cub.” What’s an Old Bear to do when he finds a Little Cub all alone and afraid of the dark? Adopt him, of course! And help him try to get over his fears. Join us for story time and treats. Wednesday, 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 922-4104.
Literary Freedom Book Group - A discussion of “My Name is Mary Sutter,” by Robin Olivera. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Author David Sedaris (SOLD OUT) - He published his newest collection of essays, “Let’s Discuss Diabetes With Owls,” to support 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring center in Brooklyn, New York that helps students ages 6-18 develop their writing skills. Tickets required to attend. Wednesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. $27/includes copy of book. (509) 838-0206.
“Misquoting Jesus: Discrepancies in Christian Scripture” - An evening with Bart D. Ehrman, the author of more than 20 books, including four New York Times bestsellers. He is a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is a leading authority on the New Testament and the history of early Christianity. The lecture is free and open to the public. A book signing in the lobby of the theater will follow the event. Presented by Eastern Washington University and the Daniel and Margaret Carper Foundation. Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. Free. (509) 359-4860.
St. George’s School Story Trail Hike - Come hike the 1/4-mile Story Trail and read the pages of the story along the way. After the Story Trail, your family can continue hiking through the hills and forests behind St. George’s School on the Riverside State Park trails. Friday, 2 p.m., St. George’s School, 2929 W. Waikiki Road. Free. (509) 999-7614.
Author Nick Adams - Adams will dress as 1861 Minnesota Gov. Alexander Ramsey to share his latest novel, “Uncivil War.” The book tells how two students’ relatives fought on two different sides of the Civil War. Friday, 3 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 922-4104.
Author Julia Sweeney - The former cast member of “Saturday Night Live” and popular performer gives readers a glimpse of her family in this hilarious and unique book on parenting and motherhood, “If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother.” Friday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Lego Read and Build Storytime - Featuring Lego’s Grow Caterpillar Grow as part of the Hands-On Learning program. This parent-child event is where reading and playtime come together. Saturday, 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 922-4104.
Spokane Novelists Group - Strong critiquing of fiction only, including novels and short stories. Bring five to 10 pages to read to the group and six to eight copies. Group meets the second and fourth Saturdays of the month; noon. Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave. Free. (509) 891-1695.
Author Mahlon Kreibel - The author of “Battle of To-Hots-Nim-Me” will be available for book signings. For reservations call (509) 498-9295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Saturday, 1 p.m., Environmental Education Building, Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, 26010 S. Smith Road, Cheney. $5/suggested donation.
Author Bobby Wilhelm - Book signing of “Bobby Convict, School of Hard Knocks.” Saturday, 1-4 p.m., Hastings Books, 101 Best Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 664-0464
Authors Jessica Rising and Florence Petheram - Discussions, readings and book signings by the two authors. Rising is the author of “Dr. Fix-its Malicious Machine.” The first of a trilogy, it is the story of three siblings who travel to another world to rescue their mom. Petheram (previously Miss Florence on the children’s television show “Romper Room”) has her second book out, “Magic is For When You Need It.” It is the story of a girl, her horse and a magical gift. Saturday, 2 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Author Samantha Means - Reading, discussion and signing of “A Winter Storm.” After publishing a book about her experiences with child abuse and opening a facility for battered women and children, Grace Winter thought she was finally free from the shame that haunted her from years of suffering in silence. Saturday, 3 p.m., Shadle Hastings, 1704 W. Wellesley Ave. (509) 327-6008.
Author Mark Hoffmeister - Presenting his new sci-fi book, “Gnosis.” Saturday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
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