The Storytelling Company – A night of stories and music. The stories will include a new tale from Shoreline called “Redbird.” This is a powerful tale of young love, addiction and loss. New musical guest Mark Remmetter will perform and look for three new book releases from storytelling guru, Sandy Compton. Dinner available at 5 p.m., show starts at 6 p.m. Today, Ivano’s Ristorante Italiano, 102 S. First Ave., Sandpoint. Reservations requested. $10/general; $6/age 11 and younger, plus food and beverages. (208) 263-0211.
“Zoom Zoom Things That Go!” Storytime and Craft - Take the bus, a car or even a train and come hear some fun stories about things that go. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Deer Park Library Book Club - Reader’s Choice this month. Do you have a favorite read to share with like-minded readers? Come share what you’re currently reading or come prepared to talk about a past favorite. Wednesday, noon, Deer Park Library, 208 S. Forest Ave., Deer Park. Free. (509) 893-8300.
Getting Graphic! - Come explore what’s new in the library’s collection of graphic novels for teens. Wednesday, 4 p.m., Indian Trail Library, 4909 W. Barnes Road. Free. (509) 444-5395.
Literary Freedom Book Group - Discussion of “My Notorious Life” by Kate Manning. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Author William Cronon – The noted environmental writer and thinker will read and discuss his work, “The Portage: Time, Memory, and Storytelling in the Making of an American Place,” as part of the Visiting Writer Series sponsored by Washington State University’s English Department and the University of Idaho. Cronon is the Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His writing has received awards such as the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize and the Bancroft Prize. This event is free and open to the public. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Compton Union Building auditorium, Washington State University, Pullman. Free. (312) 354-0677.
Hike the Day Away - Rich Landers, author of “100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest,” co-author of “Day Hiking Eastern Washington” and outdoor editor for The Spokesman-Review, shares time-honored tips from the trails and a taste of some of the best hikes in the region. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just getting started, you’ll be ready to hit the trail. Wednesday, 7 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road, (509) 893-8350; Thursday, 7 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., (509) 893-8400. Free.
Author Brooke Matson - Matson attended Gonzaga University, where she received her B.A. in English and her M.A. in Educational Leadership. Her first collection of poetry, “The Moons,” appeared in 2012 from Blue Begonia Press. Matson teaches at a small experiential high school and helped found RiverSpeak, a Spokane-area arts forum (2009-2012). Part of the Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series, she will be joined by the 2014 Gurian Writing Award winners. The Gurian Writing Awards are given annually to recognize excellence in writing poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Gonzaga University, Cataldo Hall, Globe Room, 502 E. Boone Ave. Free. (509) 328-4220.
Moran Prairie Library Book Club – Read and bring any book by science fiction writer Connie Willis and come prepared to discuss it with the group. Thursday, 2 p.m., Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St. Free. (509) 893-8340.
Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion - The topic of the interdisciplinary panel discussion is “The Personal Voice of Scholarly Writing.” Panelists include: noted environmental writer, William Cronon; Adam Sowards, UI associate professor and director of the Institute for Pacific Northwest Studies; Mary Wack, WSU vice provost for Undergraduate Education; Mary Blew, UI professor of English; and Larry Hufford, director of the WSU School of Biological Sciences and the Charles R. Conner Museum of Natural History. Scott Slovic, UI professor of English, and Debbie Lee, WSU professor of English, will moderate the event. Free and open to the public. Thursday, 3:30 p.m., University of Idaho, Whitewater Room, Idaho Commons Student Union, 875 Line St., Moscow. Free. (208) 885-6111.
Author Frank Scalise – Reading discussion and signing of “At Their Own Game,” a former cop turned criminal tries to turn the tables on the detective who is hounding him, the criminal who is swindling him, the member of his crew who is betraying him and the femme fatale who has reappeared in his life. Set in Spokane. Also presenting “Closing the Circle,” two men chase the elusive siren grifter, Ania, who has the loot and the diamonds they want. Thursday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Author Mary Anne Radmacher – Reading, discussion and signing of “She: A Celebration of Greatness in Every Woman,” which gathers the wisdom of fierce and feisty females to empower women on the topics of leadership, friendship, purpose, adventure, happiness, compassion and more. Friday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
“Bedtime Math No. 2: This Time it’s Personal” - This is the newest addition to the popular “Bedtime Math” book. Inside this book, families will find fun, kid-appealing ways to tackle math. Saturday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
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.” Saturday, 4-6 p.m., Shadle Hastings, 1704 W. Wellesley Ave. Free. (509) 327-6008.
Cowboy Music and Poetry - A benefit for the Tumtum Community Center will feature old-time Western music, cowboy poetry and a Western meal. Performers will include poetry by Dick Warwick; songs and poetry by Silver Glenn, George Thomsen and Glen Bair; and songs by Western Reunion and Educated Fellers. Dinner from 6-7:30 p.m. and music at 7 p.m. Saturday, Tumtum Community Center, 6424 Highway 291, Milepost 18. $12/adults; $9/seniors and children; free/ages 5 and younger. (509) 276-5916.
Authors Bruce Pavitt and Mark Baumgarten - Sub Pop Records founder Pavitt, and Seattle Weekly’s editor-in-chief Baumgarten, will sign books, talk music, culture and grunge history. Pavitt is the author of “Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989.” Mark is the author of “Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music.” Saturday, 7:30 p.m., BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. Free. (208) 882-2669.