Author Robert Hustrulid – Reading, discussion and signing of “Men Don’t Marry For Sex,” about what happens when men and women act on incorrect assumptions. Today, 1 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
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 chosen at random score the poems and the highest cumulative score after two rounds of poetry wins the $50 grand prize. This is loud and raucous, and audience participation is highly encouraged. Content is not censored. Today, 9 p.m., Lantern Tap House, 1004 S Perry St. $5/competitors and suggested audience donation. (509) 315-9531.
“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” Storytime and Craft - Everyone is invited to listen to this and other fun stories by Bill Martin Jr. Stay to make your own letters climb the coconut tree. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Spokane Valley Book Club – Discussion of “Mortality” by Christopher Hitchens. Wednesday, 2 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Free. (509) 893-8400.
Inland Northwest Writer’s Guild - A panel of regional authors will discuss their experiences publishing e-books. Beginning and lightly published writers are encouraged to check out this open group. Come with your questions ready. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Author Susan Elaine Fleming - Presenting “Alice Ada Wood Ellis,” the story of a woman who traveled to Seattle in 1900 and fulfilled her calling as a pioneer midwife-nurse. This epic saga includes life in 1895 nursing schools, train robbers, birthing in the home, Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, women’s suffrage, bubonic plague and unclaimed children. Thursday, 7 p.m., Bella Cova, 905 N. Washington St. Free. (509) 327-6378.
Author Ned Hayes – Hayes’ new novel, “Sinful Folk: A Novel of the Middle Ages,” is set in the 14th century. He speaks regularly on theology and storytelling and teaches writing at universities in the Pacific Northwest. He is also the author of the mystery “Coeur d’Alene Waters.” Thursday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Friends of the North Spokane Library Book Sale - Proceeds support various library programs, activities and services. Open Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.
Inland Northwest Christian Writers Conference - Workshops, editorial appointments, consults and more for writers of all levels of fiction and nonfiction. Keynote speaker is best-selling author Brandilyn Collins. Friday and Saturday, Eastpoint Church, 15303 E. Sprague Ave. For more information or registration, visit http://inlandnwchristianwriters.com. $115. (509) 280-1356.
Author D. Andrew McChesney - Book signing of his novel “Beyond the Ocean’s Edge: A Stone Island Sea Story.” In 1802, Royal Navy Lieutenant Edward Pierce gains command of a vessel searching for a lost, legendary island. Exploring the seas around the island, HMS Island Expedition sails headlong into an arena of mistaken identities, violent naval battles, strange truces, dangerous liaisons, international intrigue, superstition and ancient prophecies. Also signing his book “Sailing Dangerous Waters: Another Stone Island Sea Story.” Friday, 2-4 p.m., Spokane Valley Hastings, 15312 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 924-0667.
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.
“Crankenstein” Storytime - Do you turn into a monster when your popsicle melts or when it’s time for bed? Crankenstein certainly does. Afterward, stay for a coloring activity. Saturday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Author Robin Oliveira – Reading, discussion and signing of “I Always Loved You,” a novel about Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas’ great romance, from the New York Times best-selling author of “My Name Is Mary Sutter.” The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris after the Civil War to be an artist was going to be easy, but when, after a decade of work, her submission to the Paris Salon is rejected, Mary’s fierce determination wavers. Then one evening a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas, and her life changes forever. Years later she will learn that he had begged for the introduction, but in that moment their meeting seems a miracle. So begins the defining period of her life and the most tempestuous of relationships. Oliveira brilliantly recreates the irresistible world of Belle Epoque Paris, writing with grace and uncommon insight into the passion and foibles of the human heart. Saturday, 2 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.