Christine Byl - Author of “Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods,” an account of one woman’s unlikely apprenticeship on a national park trail crew and what she discovers about nature, gender and the value of hard work. Byl’s prose has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Sun, and Crazyhorse among other journals. Monday, 7 p.m., BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. Free. (208) 882-2669.
Author Nance Van Winckel - Will give a reading. She is the author of six books, including “Boneland” and “Pacific Walkers.” Tuesday, noon-1 p.m., North Idaho College, Writing Center in the Lee Hall Annex, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-3337.
Stormy Weather Preschool Storytime - Come hear stories that will get you through the sometimes stormy fall weather. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Inland Northwest Writer’s Guild - Meeting for published and unpublished writers to read their latest works, discuss ideas and work with writing exercises. All are welcome. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
“Let’s Talk About Girls” - Celebrating the International Day of the Girl. The first event is a discussion panel of two faculty members and one student who will share their expertise. Jessica Willis will talk about identity development; Kathleen Huttenmaier will discuss the history of childhood; Nancy Munoz will speak on lived experiences of girlhood. Presented by EWU Women’s Studies Center. Thursday, noon-12:50 p.m., Eastern Washington University, JFK Library Atrium, Cheney. Free. (509) 359-2898.
Kids Explore & Discover Club - Deer Park Library - Join Kelly Milner Halls, author of “Dinosaur Mummies” and “Dinosaur Travel Guides,” and learn about dinosaurs. You will also create a dinosaur artifact of your own. Thursday, 3:30 p.m., Deer Park Library, 208 S. Forest Ave., Deer Park. Free. (509) 893-8300.
Author Jaak Panksepp - Will read and discuss his book, “The Archaeology of the Mind.” He is a professor and Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Science at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. His scientific contributions include more than 400 papers devoted to the study of basic emotional and motivational processes of the mammalian brain/mind. He is the author of the monograph “Affective Neuroscience” and “The Archaeology of Mind.” Thursday, 7 p.m., BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. Free. (208) 882-2669.
Author Sarah Conover - Reading, discussion and book signing of “Muhammad: The Story of a Prophet and Reformer.” Conover is also the co-author of the acclaimed “Ayat Jamilah, Beautiful Signs: A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents.” Thursday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
“An Evening With Burt Rutan” - One of America’s foremost entrepreneurs, aeronautical engineers and spacecraft designers will be featured in an exhibit of material related to his work. Rutan designed the legendary Voyager, the first aircraft to circle the world nonstop without refueling. He also developed the GM Ultralite and the Proteus “affordable U-2” aircraft. His Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer broke the Voyager’s record time, becoming the first nonstop, solo flight around the world. In 2004, Rutan made international headlines as the designer of SpaceShipOne, the world’s first privately built manned spacecraft to reach space. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Wine and beer for purchase, proceeds benefit the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation. Age 21 and older. Friday, Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $10. (208) 769-2315, ext. 426.
Saturday Author Series - Writers will read and discuss their work, sign book copies, and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served. 4 p.m., “Meditating Selflessly: Practical Neural Zen” by James Austin. 5 p.m., “The Snowpeaks” by Alan Weltzien. 6 p.m., “Crossing the River Sorrow: One Nurse’s Story” by Janet Richards. 7 p.m., “If A Sparrow” by Maria Maggi. Saturday, BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. Free. (208) 882-2669.
Artsy Storytime and Craft - Listen to stories that will bring out the artist in you. Then, make a project from Martha Stewart’s new book, “Favorite Crafts for Kids.” Saturday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
“A Night of Edgar Allan Poe” - The master of terror, Edgar Allan Poe, is here just in time for Halloween, in a multi-genre night of beauty and horror produced by Lake City Playhouse, under the direction of artistic director George Green. The program will explore the haunting beauty of Poe’s short stories and poems through dance, original musical compositions and staged adaptations. A team of area performers will present versions of “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amantillado.” Saturday, 8 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $15. (800) 325-SEAT.