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 score the poem and the highest cumulative score after two rounds of poetry wins the $50 grand prize. Sign-ups at 8:30 p.m. Today, 9 p.m., Lantern Tap House, 1004 S Perry St. $5/compete; $5/suggested donation. (509) 315-9531.
“Early Books That Changed How We See the World” - Exhibit features rare books from 1493 to 1913 representing key moments in scientific history. 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 Spokane Public Library, Northwest Room, second floor, 906 W. Main Ave. (509) 444-5338.
“Have You Seen my New Blue Socks?” - Children’s author Eve Bunting’s new book is about a little duck who can’t find his socks. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Spokane Valley Book Club - This month’s selection is “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks. Wednesday, 2 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Free. (509) 893-8400.
Inland Northwest Writer’s Guild - Meeting for published and unpublished writers to read their latest works, discuss ideas and work with writing exercises. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
“Beat the Heart Attack Gene” - Reading, discussion and signing of the book by Amy Doneen and Dr. Bradley Bale, co-founders of the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center in Spokane. Thursday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Author Jess Steven Hughes - Book signing of his historical novel, “The Sign of the Eagle.” Friday, 3-8 p.m., Hastings Books - South, 2512 E. 29th Ave. (509) 535-4342.
Love Your Pet Story Time and Craft – Come hear fun stories about pets and draw a picture of your special pet. 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.