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Literary Calendar

Sun., May 4, 2014

Free Comic Book Weekend - Choose two free comic books and free sketches for kids from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. You can get your picture taken with famous characters 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; costume contest with prizes and more. Today, Merlyn’s, 19 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 624-0957.

BootSlam - All ages performance poetry competition organized by Spokane Poetry Slam. Poets will have three minutes per round to perform their original work without costumes, props, or musical accompaniment. Five audience judges, chosen at random, score the work; 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.

River of January: Author Presentation - Join author Gail Chumbley for a presentation about part one of her two-volume book, “River of January.” Her presentation will include music, pictures and discussion of the early twentieth century. Monday, 6:30 p.m., Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. Free. (509) 444-5390.

Airway Heights Library Book Club – Discussion of “A Town Like Alice” by Nevil Shute. 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, both true and fictional, about people facing unusual and challenging circumstances that tested their perseverance, resilience and ingenuity. Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Airway Heights Library, 1213 S. Lundstrom St., Airway Heights. Free. (509) 893-8250.

Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale – Wednesday-Saturday. Featuring fiction, nonfiction and children’s books. Hours are Wednesday, 4:30-8 p.m. for members only, or purchase an annual membership for $10 from 4-5 p.m. that day; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday is $3/bag day where you fill a bag provided and only pay $3. Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave., Rooms 1A and 1B. (509) 444-5307.

Mother’s Day Stories: Preschool Storytime and Craft - Come listen to some beautiful stories all about moms and stay to make a little something special for your mom for Mother’s Day. 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 “Cover of Snow” by Jenny Milchman. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Author Michael Houbrick – Reading, discussion and signing of the crime novel, “inTWINition of Murder.” Houbrick will discuss how real-life events inspired his newest writing adventure. Wednesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Stand-Up Poet “Mighty” Mike McGee - The renowned comedic poet and storyteller will perform new material and works from his book “In Search of Midnight,” along with pieces featured on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam,” NPR and CBC radio and television. McGee won the coveted National Poetry Slam Individual Grand Championship in 2003, then won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship in 2006. He has since become a popular performer throughout Canada, Germany, England and the U.S. Tickets available online at event/mighty-mike-mcgee. Wednesday, 8 p.m., The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. $8-$10. (509) 747-2174.

Author Justin Go - Reading, discussion and book signing of the author’s debut novel, “The Steady Running of the Hour.” A young American discovers he may be heir to the unclaimed estate of an English World War I officer, which launches him on a quest across Europe to uncover the elusive truth. Friday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206. Saturday, 7:30 p.m., BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208) 882-2669.

“Pride, Parades and Princesses” - Published by The Spokesman-Review, this is a keepsake for anyone who has enjoyed the yearly Torchlight Parade. Princesses from this year’s court will be in attendance wearing gowns and crowns. Saturday, 1 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, main floor, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

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. Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.


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