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Author Jim Morrison - Reading, discussion and signing of “To See Another Sunrise: How to Overcome Anything One Day at a Time.” On a cold January day, the author returned from duck hunting to discover he had one of the most lethal types of cancer. He fought it and won. He wrote this book for anyone who is struggling. Today he is a 10-year, stage 4 lung cancer survivor who is six and a half years into remission. He continues to reach one milestone after the next, living proof that you, too, can do the impossible, one day at a time. Today, 1-3 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Spokane Community Observance of the Holocaust - This year’s theme is “Saving Our Future: Rescuing Children from the Nazis.” Keynote speaker is Stephen Adler, who was saved by the Kindertransport in 1939. Today, he is a member of the board of directors of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and of the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center’s Speakers Bureau. Other activities include a reading of winning high school and middle school entries in the Eva Lassman Memorial Creative Writing Contest, Children’s Candle Processional, Candle Lighting Ceremony and music performed by the Ferris High School Ensemble. Today, 7 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 1322 E. 30th Ave. Free. (509) 747-3304.

Blurt! and Blather Open Mic - Weekly all ages open mic which encourages 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. Rules and details will be explained at each open mic. Monday, 4:30 p.m., Boots Bakery, 24 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 703-7223.

Author Harry (Henry) J. Goedde - Book signing of “From The Depression Into World WWII,” an autobiography of the author during his younger years. The author was decorated with a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and other honors during WWII. His service came to an end after he was wounded by a sniper’s bullet near the Rhine River. Monday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., UPS Store, 1521 N. Argonne Road, Suite C. (509) 924-8058.

“Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly” - Celebrate the most fabulous of seasons: spring. Monday, 6:30 p.m., South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. Free. (509) 444-5385.

“Rain, Rain, Go Away” Storytime and Craft - The rain won’t go away, so come hear stories about it and then build the perfect rainy day craft. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.

Deer Park Library Book Club – Discussion of “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult. Wednesday, noon, Deer Park Library, 208 S. Forest Ave., Deer Park. Free. (509) 893-8300.

“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. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Medical Lake Library, 321 E. Herb St., Medical Lake. Free. (509) 893-8330.

Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers - Frank Zafiro, author of several crime novels, will speak about how his writing and law enforcement career came together to create a new career. Also, author D. Andrew McChesney will present an exercise on proofreading. Everyone is welcome. Thursday, 3 p.m., Golden Corral Restaurant, 7117 N. Division St. Meal purchase is required at the door. (509) 489-2136.

“Timothy Ely: Rare Books and Digressions” – Ely, a bookbinder and book artist, will display his work and give a presentation. His one-of-a-kind books are in public and private collections worldwide including Boston Athenaeum, Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Grolier Club, Library of Congress, New York Public Library, Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. Free. (208) 882-2669.

Author Kay Dixon - Reading, discussion and signing of “Wanderlust Satisfied,” the story of one of the first Peace Corps volunteers and where her wanderlust led, not only through her two years on assignment, but through the course of her life. Thursday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Armed Forces Author Event - Reading, discussion and signing with authors Julia Maki and Justin Jordan. Maki is the author of “Still My Dad,” “All Hands on Deck! Dad’s Coming Home!” and “My Mom Hunts Subs.” Jordan is the author of “And Then I Cried: Stories of a Mortuary NCO.” Friday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

3 Minute Mic: Open Mic Poetry - Chris Cook will be guest-hosting this evening. The “Remember the Word” featured reader is musician, conductor, teacher, radio program director, Spokane Arts Commission’s Artist of the Year, member of the Spokane 50, voice of Spokane Public Radio and the benevolent heart of all things artistic, Verne Windham. Come read poetry or just sit back and experience Spokane’s thriving live poetry scene. Open to all ages; though content is never censored. Hosted by Chris Cook. Friday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.

Author Natalie Diaz - Will read her poetry and sign copies of her books. She is the author of the 2013 American Book Award winner, “When My Brother Was an Aztec.” Other honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Poetry Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. The reading is co-sponsored by BookPeople and the Idaho Commission on the Arts and University of Idaho American Indian Studies Program. Friday, 7 p.m., BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208) 882-2669.

Author Jacquelyn Mitchard - Reading, discussion and book signing held in partnership with Eastern Washington University and Get Lit! “The Deep End of the Ocean” was a best-seller and the first title chosen for Oprah’s Book Club. Highly suspenseful and deeply moving, the book tells the story of every parent’s worst nightmare, the disappearance of a child. The book delves into a family’s struggle to endure. Friday, 8:45 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Free Comic Book Weekend – Saturday-May 4. Choose two free comic books and free sketches for kids from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. You can get your picture taken with famous characters 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; costume contest with prizes and more. Merlyn’s, 19 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 624-0957.

Keep Calm and Sign on Storytelling Time - Held the first Saturday of the month for parents and children who are deaf, hard of hearing or visually impaired. Interpreter Training Program practicum students will provide interpreting services. Saturday, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Barnes and Noble, 4750 N. Division St. (509) 482-4235.

Free Comic Book Day - The Comic Book Shop is one of thousands of comic book shops around celebrating the comic book art form on this day. Saturday, 10 a.m., Comic Book Shop, 3207 N. Division St. and on 4750 N. Division St. Free. (509) 326-7018.

National Ride Your Bike Month: Storytime and Craft - The weather is warming and the paths are calling; it’s time to ride your bike. But first, come hear stories about bike riding and make a cool tag for your bike. Saturday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.

Author Jason Doud - Reading and workshop with the author of “Convergence.” Saturday, 1 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Author Jack Walsh - Book signing event with the author of “When Running Was Young and So Were We,” a book that chronicles the development of running as a way of life for millions. Saturday, 3 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

“Coyote Speaks: A Benefit for Spokane’s First Language” – The event will feature the celebrated poet, writer and filmmaker Sherman Alexie. His awards include PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature among many others. Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit. Proceeds from this event benefit the Salish School of Spokane. Saturday, 7 p.m., Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. $20. (800) 325-SEAT.


 

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