Author Anna Dewdney - Best known for her book, “Llama, Llama Red Pajama,” the New York Times best-selling children’s author and illustrator celebrates the release of her newest story, “Nelly Gnu and Daddy, Too.” fun-to-read rhyme, a little silliness, and a lot of warmth, the author tells the story of a daughter and her daddy and their wonderful day together. Today, 1 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, main floor, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Author R. Gregory Nokes - Nokes is the author of two nonfiction books: “Massacred for Gold, The Chinese in Hells Canyon” and “Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory,” which was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award for nonfiction. Today, 1 p.m., BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208) 882-2669.
Spokane Poetry Slam - Spokane Poetry Slam is competitive performance poetry. Poets have 3 minutes to present their original work without costumes, props or musical accompaniment. Audience judges chosen at random score the poem 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. Monday, 8 p.m., The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. $5/competitor or audience member. (208) 340-2750.
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 which tested their perseverance, resilience and ingenuity. Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne Road, Millwood. Free. (509) 893-8260.
Author Jenny Milchman - Reading, discussion and book signing of “Ruin Falls,” a suspenseful follow-up to her critically acclaimed “Cover of Snow,” Milchman ratchets up the tension with this edge-of-your-seat story of a mother determined to find her missing children. Tuesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Spokane Valley Library Book Club – Discussion of “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris” by David G. McCullough. Wednesday, 2 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Free. (509) 893-8400.
Digital Bookmobile National Tour – This event will showcase the free e-book download service from Spokane County Library District. Readers will learn how to download e-books from the library through interactive demonstrations and there will be a gadget gallery to give readers an opportunity to try out a large variety of the most popular devices. Wednesday, 9 a.m., CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, (509) 688-0300; Thursday, noon, North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road, (509) 893-8350. Free.
E-I-E-I-O How Old MacDonald Got His Farm: Preschool Storytime and Craft - You know he has a farm, but how did Old MacDonald get his farm? Come hear this fun tale how a little hard work can turn something plain into something grand. Stay for a fun craft. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
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.
Moran Prairie Library Book Club - “Orange is the New Black” by Piper Kerman. Thursday, 2-4 p.m., Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St. Free. (509) 893-8340.
Book Bites: Tween-Teenagers - Have you read any good books lately that you want to talk about? Do you just want to hear what others are reading? Come and chat with other teens and tweens about books, along with participating in some fun activities. Thursday, 4-6 p.m., Hillyard Library, 4005 N. Cook St. Free. (509) 444-5380.
Indie’s First Storytime Day - Spearheaded by award-winning author Kate DiCamillo, the Library of Congress’ 2014-15 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, several local authors will be reading their personal favorites. Saturday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Author Esther J. Hildahl - Book signing of her latest children’s book, “Mr. Inky: Spider with an Attitude,” the story of a lovable talking spider with bad grammar and an attitude who’s come to live in Vicki Wyatt’s bedroom and refuses to leave, telling her that it’s his home, too. Saturday, 2-5 p.m., Shadle Hastings, 1704 W. Wellesley Ave. (509) 327-6008.
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