BootSlam - Performance poetry throw-down with a $50 grand prize and kooky prizes for second and third place winners. New Poem New Year continues, so world premiere poems presented in the first round will earn you one extra point. Sign up at 7 p.m. Spokane Poetry Slam does not censor for content. Discretion is advised. Today, 7:30 p.m., Boots Bakery, 24 W Main Ave. $5/compete; $5/suggested audience donation. (509) 703-7223.
Max and Ruby Preschool Storytime and Craft - Hear fun stories about bunnies, then stay to color. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Author Larry Pivnick – Book-signing event for “The Kilgore Curse: A Literary Thriller of Treachery, Murder, and Revenge.” Wednesday, 5 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 415-5624.
Book signing and discussion with The Minimalists – Reading, discussion and signing of “Everything that Remains.” Authors Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff. Wednesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Corbin Book Reading - Jo Sturm will read from her new book, “Holy One Tell Me: Lessons From a Journey Through Life.” She will sign copies of her book, which can be purchased following the reading. Thursday, 11-11:45 a.m., Corbin Community Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. (509) 327-1584.
Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers - Author Sandy Compton, owner and publisher of Blue Creek Press, will speak on characterization and self-publishing. Everyone is welcome. Thursday, 2:30 p.m., Golden Corral Restaurant, 7117 N. Division St. Meal purchase required. (509) 489-3136.
Ecopoetry Open Mic - Ecopoetry is poetry with an ecological emphasis. People are invited to read or just listen. Refreshments will be provided. Thursday, 5-7 p.m., BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208) 882-2669.
“Spokane Shorties” Showcase - Meet the many authors of “Spokane Shorties.” The collection of short stories, essays and poems by local authors was published this spring as a benefit for the Get Lit! literary festival at Eastern Washington University. Writers will read their pieces, answer questions and sign of the book. . Thursday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Young Adult Panel - Authors are Trent Reedy, Heather Swain and Rachel Toor, and moderator is Kris Dinnison. Authors will take turns speaking and reading from their young-adult books before a panel discussion and question-and-answer session. Book signing to follow. Friday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Happy Birthday, Harry Potter Party - Don your dress robes and crack open some butterbeer, because it is time for a party. Enjoy food, games and prizes and celebrate Harry’s 34th birthday. Saturday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Spokane Novelists Group - Meets the second and fourth Saturday of each month, noon-4 p.m. Bring eight copies of a chapter or manuscript, no more than 10 pages each. Fiction only. Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave., Otis Orchards. (509) 590-7316.
Author David McChesney - Signing of “Sailing Dangerous Waters: Another Stone Island Sea Story,” which placed second in the Author! Author! Great First Pages Contest. Stone Island Sea Stories combine naval adventure and science fiction. Saturday, noon, Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Author Jane M. Lyons-Macy - A book signing and sale by the author of “Moonbeam: God’s Littlest Angel,” a collection of short stories about an angel’s time on Earth. Saturday, 1-3 p.m., Courtland Place, 1309 N. Evergreen Road. (509) 924-5195.
The Wordwright’s Workshop - Open to writers of all skill levels, this workshop uses prompts to facilitate writing and constructive discussion to encourage and improve skills. This month the workshop is led by Mark Anderson, who has toured nationally and received poetry fellowships. Content is never censored. Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
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