Literary Calendar

BootSlam - All ages 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. Signups at 7 p.m. Today, 7:30 p.m., Boots Bakery, 24 W. Main Ave. $5. (509) 703-7223.

Airway Heights Library Book Club - Discussion of “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith. Tuesday, 1 p.m., Airway Heights Library, 1213 S. Lundstrom St., Airway Heights. Free. (509) 893-8200.

Hope in Hard Times: Tell Me a Story - Let the Spokane Storytelling League open a window into daily life in the Great Depression, as they share stories about people facing unusual and challenging circumstances that tested their perseverance, resilience and ingenuity. Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Deer Park Library, 208 S. Forest Ave., Deer Park. Free. (509) 893-8300.

Author Jo Strum - Reading, discussion and signing of “Holy One Tell Me: Lessons From a Journey Through Life,” which covers everything from grief and fear to procrastination and forgiveness. Tuesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Froggy! Preschool Storytime and Craft - Come hear about Froggy’s many adventures and stay to color. 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 “Big Jack” by J.D. Robb. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers - Open mic with club members reading from their current or upcoming books. Author Sue Eller will present an exercise on proofreading during the second part of the meeting. Everyone is welcome. Thursday, 2:30 p.m., Golden Corral Restaurant, 7117 N. Division St. Meal purchase is required at the door. (509) 489-2136.

An Evening with Robert Michael Pyle - Reading and book signing of his new collection of poems. Thursday, 7 p.m., Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., Sandpoint. (208) 255-4410.

Author Sam Lien Le - Book signing of “The Spirit Stills the Storms” about the author’s journey to freedom, giving readers a firsthand glimpse of the prison camps, escape attempts, overcrowded boats and typhoon-plagued passages. Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Costco North, 7619 N. Division St.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Costco Spokane Valley, 5601 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 458-5642.

3 Minute Mic: Open Mic Poetry - Chris Cook will host and Kris Dinnison will be the guest reader for “Remember the Word.” Friday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.

Keep Calm and Sign on Storytelling Time - For parents and children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or visually impaired. Interpreter Training Program practicum students will provide interpreting services. Saturday, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Barnes and Noble at Northtown Mall, 4750 N. Division St. (509) 482-4235.

Author Derek Munson - Book reading and signing of “Bad Dad,” a fun picture book about a dad who loves to play with his kids but sometimes loses sight of other responsibilities. Saturday, 10 a.m., BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208) 882-2669; and 2 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Reardan Mule Days Library Book Sale and Open House - Refreshments will be served. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Reardan Memorial Library, 120 S. Oak St., Reardan, Wash. (509) 994-9997.

Fancy Nancy Storytime & Craft - Hear some beautiful tales and then play dress-up with paper dolls. Saturday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.

Author Maureen McQuerry - Book signing and code breaking activities with the author of “Time Out of Time: Beyond the Door: Book One.” Saturday, 2 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Author Claire Rudolph Murphy - Murphy and Bryan Collier share the story of the song that has been the anthem of rights advocates for hundreds of years, in “My Country ’Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights.” There will also be a special music guest. Saturday, 4 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

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