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Literary Calendar

Author John Gaetano - Presenting his book, “America’s Deceit,” a political thriller about the assassination of JFK. There will also be a film showing. Today, 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar St. Free. (509) 747-1058.

Spokane Poetry Slam – Mighty Mike McGee, winner of national individual slam championships and guest on NPR’s “Snap Judgment,” will be featured. Spokane Poetry Slam is competitive performance poetry open to all who want to compete. Poets have three minutes to present their original work without costumes, props, or musical accompaniment. Five audience judges, chosen at random, score the poem and the highest cumulative score after two rounds will win the $50 grand prize. Poets who present world premiere poems at any Spokane Poetry Slam event will earn one extra point. Sign-ups at 8:30 p.m.; slam at 9 p.m. Today, Lantern Tap House, 1004 S. Perry St. $5/compete; $5/suggested donation. (509) 315-9531.

Read to Tom: A Memorial - Poet Tom I. Davis died on January 20, 2013. This special memorial reading will honor the first year anniversary of his death with an open mic reading of Davis poetry. Gather between 5-6 p.m.; and readings begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Jones Radiator, 120 E. Sprague Ave. No cover. (509) 747-6005.

Author Gina Bullis – The Spokane native will share her new novel, “Splendor from Brokeness.” This is a work of Christian fiction filled with suspense, mystery and romance. Tuesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.

Pageturners Library Book Club – Discussion of “Born in Africa” by Martin Meredith. Wednesday, 10:15 a.m., Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315.

Penguin Awareness Day: Storytime and Craft - What are black and white? A penguin and a newspaper! Come hear stories filled with those cute birds and create your penguin works of art. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.

Literary Freedom Book Group – Discussion of “Cold Sassy Tree” by Olive Burns. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.

Moran Prairie Library Book Club - This month’s selection is “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi. Thursday, 2 p.m., Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St. Free. (509) 893-8340.

“Where’s God When …” - William P. Young, New York Times best-selling author of “The Shack,” and Cami Bradley, local singer/songwriter and finalist from “America’s Got Talent,” come together for a special live show about loss. They will take you on a journey through three seasons of loss in his life and provide a new take on how grief and loss impact everyone’s daily life. Attendees will listen to and engage with Young as he recounts things that were stolen from him as a missionary kid growing up in Dutch New Guinea, things he broke as a husband, and things he surrendered as a man – illustrating how the scars of his most painful losses have healed into beauty marks. Friday, 7:30 p.m., Eastpoint Church, 15303 E. Sprague Ave. $12.50/advance; $18/door. (206) 550-1200.

Friends of the Spokane Valley Library Book Sale – Saturday, 9 a.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. (509) 893-8400.

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.

“The Lonely Chicken” – A book signing by author Kristin Jordan and son Zachary Jordan. Zachary told her this story when he was just 4 years old, after she asked him why the chicken crossed the road. Buy a copy and find out Zachary’s answer to the age-old question. Saturday, noon, Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.

Author Patrick Dougherty - Reading, discussion and book signing of “Do You Want to Get Better: The Future of Health Care.” Dougherty has been a chiropractor for more than 20 years and was a co-founder and past vice-president of the Spokane Holistic Chamber of Commerce. Saturday, 2 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.