Spokane Poetry Slam - 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. This is loud and raucous, and audience participation is highly encouraged. Content is not censored. Sign-ups at 7 p.m.; slam at 8 p.m. Monday, The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. $5/competitors or audience members. (208) 340-2750.
Author Malcolm Brooks – Reading, discussion and book signing of his debut book, “Painted Horses.” The book tells the story of a young woman on a journey to tame a wild landscape, the tide of progress in the middle of the “American century” and a passionate love story. Tuesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206. Wednesday, 7 p.m., the Well-Read Moose, 2048 N. Main St., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 215-2265. Thursday, 7:30 p.m., BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208) 882-2669.
Spokane Valley Library Book Club – Discussion of “O Pioneers!” by Willa Cather. Wednesday, 2 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. (509) 893-8400.
Richard Scarry’s Storytime and Craft - Come listen to some amazing classic children’s stories and stay for a fun game. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Inland Northwest Writer’s Guild - Local beginning and lightly published writers will discuss their works and tips about publishing and marketing. All are welcome. Two special sessions on will be offered: “Check Out Your Writing Toolbox” for new projects at 6 p.m. and “Conferences, Workshops and Contests, Oh, My!” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Author Beth Camp - Presents her new book, “Years of Stone,” an Australian historical fiction. This book was a quarterfinalist in Amazon’s 2014 Breakthrough Novel competition. Friday, 9:30-11 a.m., Revel 77 Coffee, 3223 E. 57th Ave. (509) 863-5536.
Family Storytime: South Hill Library - Storytime for the whole family. Saturday, 10 a.m., South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. (509) 444-5385.
“I Didn’t Do My Homework Because …” Storytime and Craft - Did the dog eat your homework? Or do you have an excuse so much better? With school just around the corner, you must come hear this funny story. Saturday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Author Carrie Lucas – Book signing of “Where Fault Lies,” a memoir about the Spokane resident putting herself out in the world, gaining the courage to go after what she wants in life, and making things right for her and her daughter. Saturday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Spokane Novelists Group - Meets the second and fourth Saturday of each month, noon-4 p.m. Please bring 7-8 copies of a chapter/manuscript of no more than 10 pages each. Review of fiction only, including novels and short stories. Please no memoirs, poetry, children’s books or any form of nonfiction. Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave., Otis Orchards. (509) 590-7316.