BootSlam – Featured poet Cecily Schuler is from Seattle and facilitates writing groups for adults and teens in the LBGTQ community. She is a 2013 contributor to Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Schuler has been published in “Fire Stories: Further Thoughts on Radically Re-thinking Mental Illness” and has performed on stages all across the country. World premiere poems presented in the first round will earn an extra point, and if a poet presents a second world premiere poem, they will earn a Boots cupcake. All ages performance poetry competition with $50 grand prize. Sign-ups at 7 p.m.; Slam at 7:30 p.m. Spokane Poetry Slam does not censor for content. Today, Boots Bakery, 24 W. Main Ave. $5/to compete and suggested audience donation. (509) 703-7223.
“Early Books That Changed How We See the World” – The exhibit features rare books which date from 1493 to 1913, and represent key moments in scientific history. During the month of February, hours are Tuesdays, 1-8 p.m.; Wednesdays, Fridays-Saturdays, 1-6 p.m.; and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Sundays-Mondays. Downtown Library, Northwest Room, second floor, 906 W. Main Ave. (509) 444-5338.
Airway Heights Library Book Club – Discussion of “Fellowship of Fear” by Aaron J. Elkin. Tuesday, 1 p.m., Airway Heights Library, 1213 S. Lundstrom St., Airway Heights. Free. (509) 893-8200.
“Pete the Cat” Storytime and Craft - Everyone loves Pete the Cat, so it’s time to read stories about him written by Eric Litwin and James Dean. Stay after for a fun coloring craft. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Poetry Scribes of Spokane - Wholesome poetry for ages 18 and older. Bring a favorite poem to read. Wednesday, 1 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. (509) 796-2180.
Mystery to Me Book Group - Discussion of “Skull Mantra” by Eliot Pattison. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Slam Poet Ebony Stewart – Thursday, 11:30 a.m., Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. Free. (509) 533-4197.
Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers - Author and poet Anne Corliss Morris will speak on her writing experiences. Everyone is welcome. Thursday, 3 p.m., Golden Corral Restaurant, 7117 N. Division St. Meal purchase is required. (509) 489-2136.
Poetry Out Loud: Eastern Washington Regional Final – Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program is designed to encourage youth to engage with poetry through memorization. Students from local area high schools will recite their poems in front of an audience and a panel of judges. Thursday, 7 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (360) 586-2418.
3 Minute Mic: Open Mic Poetry - Chris Cook will be guest hosting and Spokane poet laureate Thom Caraway will present “Remember the Word.” Copies of Caraway’s collection, “A Visitors Guide to North Dakota,” will be available. Friday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
“Junkyard” Storytime and Craft - Have you thought about where your old bed went? Or what happened to that chair your mom threw out? Come hear this fun story by Mike Austin and stay to make a piece of art from random odds and ends. 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.
“Finding Your Ancestors: The Stories We Must Write” – After collecting oral histories, family interviews, photographs and genealogical records, it is time to combine your research records with your ancestors’ stories. This workshop will help provide you with the skills of basic storytelling in a narrative form. Saturday, 1-3 p.m., Hayden Public Library, 8385 N. Government Way, Hayden. Free; no registration. (208) 772-5612.
Author Linda Lawrence Hunt - Reading, discussion and signing of “Pilgrimage Through Loss: Pathways to Strength and Renewal After the Death of a Child.” This work tells the story of one family’s journey, accompanied by interviews from 30 other mothers and fathers. Lawrence has authored or co-authored six books, including the best-selling “Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk across Victorian America,” which was the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the Washington State Book Award and the national Willa Cather Award for nonfiction. Saturday, 2 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
The Wordwright’s Workshop - Performance will be the focus for this workshop led by improv and theater gurus Arianna Arends, Rebecca Cook, and Will Gillman. How do you present your poems? What are different methods for performance? Is it beneficial to perform one way at Spokane Poetry Slam, and maybe a different way at 3 Minute Mic? There will be poems provided or you can bring your own. 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, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Poets Ellen Welcker and Henrietta Goodman - Reading, discussion and signing by the two poets. Welcker’s “Mouth That Tastes of Gasoline” contains 29 poems that explores topics such as basements, Facebook, species extinction, underdogs, horned beings, intestinal disorders and more. Goodman is the author of two books of poetry: “Hungry Moon” and “Take What You Want.” She teaches at the University of Montana. Saturday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.