BootSlam - Performance poetry competition organized by Spokane Poetry Slam. Poets will have three minutes per round to perform their original work, without the aid of costumes, props, or musical accompaniment. Five audience judges, chosen at random, score the work, and the poet with the highest score after two rounds wins the $50 grand prize. This event is open to poets and fans of all ages, but Spokane Poetry Slam does not censor for content. Sign-ups at 7 p.m. Today, 7:30 p.m., Boots Bakery, 24 W. Main Ave. $5/competitors or spectators. (509) 703-7223.
Auntie’s Morning Book Group - Discussion of “One Summer” by David Baldacci. Tuesday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Auntie’s Evening Book Group - Discussion of “When the Emperor was Divine” by Julie Otsuk. Tuesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
North Spokane Library Book Club – Discussion of “The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarty. Wednesday, 7 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.
“Knuckleball Ned” Preschool Storytime and Craft - Ned is nervous about his first day at school and even more upset when he meets the school bullies. But Ned soon finds he is special because he is different and that is just enough. Come hear this new story written by R.A. Dickey, starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. Stay for other sport stories and a fun craft. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Author Tom Lukas - Reading, discussion and book signing of “Special Operations,” a dark thriller that draws the reader in with a mysterious set of clues that blend myth and history. Wednesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Author Brenda Burgett - Reading, discussion and book signing of “Dragons, Butterflies and Buddha.” Burgett provides a light, humorous and thought provoking look at the journey of life. Thursday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Author Novella Carpenter - Reading from her latest book “Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad through the Wild,” which tells the story of her hippie parents, her feral father and her own journey to become a parent. Book signing and refreshments will be provided. Thursday, 7:30 p.m., BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208) 882-2669.
Author Andrea Swenson - Launch party for Andrea Swenson’s first book, “Free Rein-In’ With Chester,” about her experiences with therapeutic riding. Friday, 6 p.m., Free Rein Barn, 8118 S. Ramona Road. (509) 979-1468.
Author Steve Koonce - Reading, discussion, book signing and beer sampling event. In “Idaho Beer: From Grain to Glass in the Gem State,” Koonce tracks the state’s storied brewing heritage and offers an in-depth look at Idaho’s vibrant modern beer scene. Friday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Hueys! By Oliver Jeffers Storytime and Craft - Have you ever met a “Huey”? Most of the time they are exactly the same … but once in a while, one tries to be a little different. Stay after to make your own Huey. 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. Please bring seven to eight 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.
Author Dawn Young - Book signing of “Not Fade Away: A Memoir.” In the early 1960’s, Young was abandoned by her boyfriend, Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones, after she became pregnant. She was forced to hide away and relinquish the son she desperately wanted. Her book explores the daily struggle of dealing with a devastating loss and finally, the elation of being found by her son, 29 years later. Saturday, noon, Auntie’s Bookstore, main floor, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Author Grant Ansert - Reading, book signing and discussion of “The Mirror Man.” An NYPD detective and an FBI agent investigate a death that has no medical explanation. When they learn that an evil man intends to capture and kill their prime suspect, who is in fact innocent of any crime, they race to apprehend the suspect before he falls into evil hands. Saturday, 2 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Thomas Paine and American Civil Rights - Did you know that when the Constitution of the United States was ratified in 1789 only 17 percent of white male property owners could vote? Universal white male suffrage came about 1842. Women didn’t get the vote until 1922 and Americans of African ancestry not until the late 1960s. Historian and author Dr. Kenneth Burchell will present the fascinating, important and largely untold history of American democratic reform. Saturday, 3 p.m., Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. Free. (509) 444-5390.
The Wordwright’s Workshop - A writing, performance, poetry and spoken word workshop presented by Spokane Poetry Slam. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to professionals. There is no need to bring anything you have written beforehand. The event consists of writing prompts, time for writing and a supportive discussion. This workshop is open to poets and fans of all ages, but Spokane Poetry Slam does not censor for content. This month’s workshop is led by Seth Marlin, who recently earned an master’s in Creative Writing from EWU and a Pushcart Award nomination. Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.