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Blurt! and Blather Open Mic - Blurt! and Blather is an all-ages open mic held at 4:30 p.m. Mondays to encourage poets, writers and storytellers to bring their words to a safe and comforting community. Material is not censored. There is also a weekly haiku competition. Boots Bakery, 24 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 703-7223.

Spokane Poetry Slam - Spokane Poetry Slam is competitive performance poetry. Poets have three minutes to present their original work without costumes, props or musical accompaniment. Audience judges chosen at random score the poem and the highest cumulative score after two rounds of poetry wins the $50 grand prize. Audience participation is highly encouraged. Content is not censored. Monday, 8 p.m., The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. $5/competitors and audience. (208) 340-2750.

Author Sandy Compton - Reading, discussion and signing with the author of seven books of fiction and a memoir and the creator of The StoryTelling Company. Tuesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Tiny Reading: RiverLit 14 - Writers and poets will read their work from RiverLit 14, including: Brooke Matson, Luke Baumgarten, Jonathan Potter, Bruce Holbert, Cara Lorello, Luke Roe and Kimiko Hirota. Tuesday, 7 p.m., River City Brewing, 121 S. Cedar St. $2. (509) 413-2388.

Earth Day Preschool Storytime and Craft - This beautiful place called Earth is your home. Come hear fun stories about taking care of it to celebrate Earth Day. Afterward, stay to make a simple bird feeder. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.

Literary Freedom Book Group - Discussion of “The True History of the Kelly Gang” by Peter Carey. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.

Moran Prairie Library Book Club – Discussion of “The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri. Thursday, 2 p.m., Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St. Free. (509) 893-8340.

Getting Graphic! - Come explore what’s new in the library’s collection of graphic novels for teens. We’ll even have some new books for you to check out. Thursday, 4 p.m., East Side Library, 524 S. Stone St. Free. (509) 444-5375.

“Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly” - Celebrate the most fabulous of seasons: spring. Thursday, 4 p.m., South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. Free. (509) 444-5385.

Hope in Hard Times: Tell Me a Story - Let the Spokane Storytelling League open a window into daily life in the Great Depression as they share stories, both true and fictional, about people facing unusual and challenging circumstances which tested their perseverance, resilience and ingenuity. Thursday, 6:30 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.

Author Ben Montgomery - Reading, signing and book discussion of “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk.” The story begins in 1955 when a 67-year-old grandmother named Emma Gatewood became the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. In the following decade, motivated by the 30 years she’d spent married to an abusive, hard-fisted man, she gained widespread fame by finishing the AT thrice, hiking the Oregon Trail and putting in more than 10,000 miles on foot. Ben Montgomery is an enterprise reporter at the Tampa Bay Times and founder of the narrative journalism website He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for a series about abuse at a state-run reform school. Thursday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Author Alexis Smith - In partnership with EWU Visiting Author Series & Get Lit! A reading, book signing and discussion on her book, “Glaciers.” The book follows 20-something Isabel through a day in her life in which work with damaged books in the basement of a library, unrequited love for the former soldier who fixes her computer and dreams of the perfect vintage dress move over a backdrop of deteriorating urban architecture and the imminent loss of the glaciers she knew as a young girl in Alaska. Friday, 7:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Superhero Storytime - Hop in your Batmobile or swing by in your Spider-Man suit and join Auntie’s for another action-packed superhero storytime sponsored by Spokane Comicon. They’ll have some freebies and if you’re lucky you may win tickets to the con. Costumes encouraged. No craft today. 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.

Triceratops (Youth Poetry) - A project developed by EWU’s Sam Ligon. Students from the MFA program visit third grade classrooms to teach poetry. All students who participated are invited to read their completed poems at the bookstore. A day to celebrate youth and the creativity they embody. Saturday, 2 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.