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BootSlam – All-ages performance poetry competition organized by Spokane Poetry Slam. Poets will have three minutes per round to perform their original work, without the aid of costumes, props, or musical accompaniment. Five audience judges score the work, and the poet with the highest score after two rounds wins the $50 grand prize. This event is open to all ages, but Spokane Poetry Slam does not censor for content. Sign-ups at 7 p.m. Today, 7:30 p.m., Boots Bakery, 24 W. Main Ave. $5/competitors and suggested audience donation. (509) 703-7223.

Auntie’s Morning Book Group - Discussion of “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson. Tuesday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.

The Heart of Spirituality: Book Discussion Series - Discussion of “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi. Saturday, 6:30 p.m., South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. Free. (509) 444-5386.

Auntie’s Evening Book Group - Discussion of “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles. All are welcome. Saturday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.

“The End (Almost)” by Jim Benton - Preschool story time and craft. Donut the dog wants to be in the story, but the author says it’s over. What’s a little dog to do but cause a few problems? Come prepared to laugh and color. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.

Lunchtime Book Group - An informal, brown-bag lunch and discussion of “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett. Wednesday, noon, Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. (509) 444-5336.

Getting Graphic! - Come explore what’s new in the library’s collection of graphic novels for teens. Wednesday, 3 p.m., Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. Free. (509) 444-5390.

“Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly” – Join the fun to celebrate the most fabulous of seasons: spring. Wednesday, 4 p.m., Indian Trail Library, 4909 W. Barnes Road, (509) 444-5390; Thursday , 4 p.m., Hillyard Library, 4005 N. Cook St., (509) 444-5380; Saturday, 3 p.m., Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave., (509) 444-5390. Free.

North Spokane Library Book Club – Discussion of “The Worst Hard Time” a 2006 History and National Book Award winner by New York Times contributor Timothy Egan. Wednesday, 7 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.

Author Alex Sanchez - Sanchez spent almost 15 years working with youth. He is the author of seven teen novels as well as the Lambda Award-winning novel, “So Hard to Say.” The Lambda Literary Foundation honored Sanchez with an Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists’ Prize. Wednesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Poetry Month Storytime - Come and hear some funny, sweet and silly poems that are sure to inspire you. 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, novels and short stories. Bring five to 10 pages to read to the group and six to eight copies. Group meets second and fourth Saturdays of the month; noon. Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave. Free. (509) 891-1695.

The Wordwright’s Workshop - Led by Isaac Grambo. A monthly event organized by Spokane Poetry Slam, with a flexible format and a rotating cast of workshop leaders. Anyone with an interest in writing, poetry, or spoken word is welcome to attend. Content and language are not censored. Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.