Michael Hiltzik: “Solutions for Hard Times” - Join L.A. Times Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author of “Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century” and “The New Deal: A Modern History” for a conversation about the Great Depression themes in his books and his thoughts on some solutions born out of the necessities of the 1930s. Today, 2 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.
Author Randy Conn - Reading, discussion and book signing of “In His Hands,” a Western novel about a man of faith who is faced with challenges to contend with on behalf of the innocent victims of greed, lust and murder. It is in the midst of this war that he soon discovers love. Tuesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
“Ladybug Girl” Preschool Storytime and Craft - Come hear Ladybug Girl’s great adventures and stay for a themed craft. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers - Paul Lecoq, writer of software programs, will discuss software for writers. Author Esther J. Hildahl will present a final 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.
3 Minute Mic: Open Mic Poetry - Chris Cook will host and U.S. children’s poet laureate Kenn Nesbitt will be the guest reader for “Remember the Word.” He will be reading from the poetry of Hilaire Belloc and Laura E. Richards. This event doesn’t censor content. Come read up to three minutes’ worth of your own poetry, someone else’s, or just sit back and enjoy Spokane’s thriving poetry scene. Thursday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
“Dog vs. Cat” Storytime and Craft - It’s an age-old battle: cats versus dogs. But it’s about to get worse when Dog and Cat are forced to share a room together. Come laugh at this silly new book by Chris Gall and stay for a craft. Saturday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Author Kresha Faber – Signing of “The DIY Pantry: 30 Minutes to Healthy Homemade Food.” Learn how you can break free from processed foods and make healthy, delicious meals without spending hours in the kitchen or breaking the bank. Faber is the author and editor of Nourishing Joy, a website dedicated to real food, sustainable living, natural homemaking and joyful parenting. Saturday, noon, Auntie’s Bookstore, main floor, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Author Angelina Jensen - Presents “On the Far Side of Dreams,” about a woman who is tormented by a man who alters her thoughts. Saturday, 2 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, main floor, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.