Author Jan Brett - New York Times bestselling children’s author and illustrator with more than 36 million books in print will be presenting her newest book, “The Animals’ Santa.” There will be signed posters for the first 100 families, Hedgie the hedgehog (in costume) will visit, special tour buttons will be given out and she will be signing books as well. Today, 5 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Suggested $5 per adult donation at the door which will go directly to Friends of the Bing; free for children. (509) 838-0206.
Spokane Poetry Slam - Poets have three 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.
“The Mysterious Benedict Society” - Teen Book Club discussion. Tuesday, 4 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Library, Gozzer Room, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 769-2315.
Author Stephanie McKenzie - The poet and academic will discuss her poetry and her work researching gender dynamics in the Caribbean in a program aimed at lovers of poetry, women’s studies, or thoughtful discussion. Tuesday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
“Llama Llama Holiday Drama” Story time - How many days are left? If you have a little one in your home, they will relate to poor Llama’s need to know. There will also be a holiday 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 - Enjoy refreshments while members read from their latest projects at the annual Christmas party. All local writers are welcome. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Author Greg Gordon - Reading, discussion and signing of “When Money Grew on Trees,” which explores the ecological costs of frontier capitalism and how the struggle over natural resources gave rise to the two most pervasive forces in American life: the federal government and the modern corporation. Thursday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Author Ron Dakron - Reading, discussion and signing of “Hello Devilfish!,” a sci-fi satire set in Tokyo and told from the point-of-view of a giant fish. Friday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
“The Magic Mailbox: A Journey to the North Pole” Story time - Author Jessica Clark will be at Auntie’s for a special story time, reading her new Christmas book and sharing some holiday cheer. Saturday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Author Deby Fredericks - Local fantasy author will sign her books. Saturday, noon, Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 482-5288.
“Behind the Badge: A Policeman’s Legacy” Book Signing - By author Michael Cover. Saturday, 2-5 p.m., Barnes & Noble Spokane Valley, 15310 E. Indiana Ave. Free. (509) 922-4104.
Author Andrea Swenson - Local author will be reading her first book “Free Rein-in With Chester: Look What I’m Doing Now!” As a young woman with cerebral palsy, Swenson has benefitted tremendously from her therapeutic riding sessions at the Free Rein Therapeutic Riding Program in Spokane. Wanting to share her experiences with others, she was inspired to write her first book. Saturday, 3 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Healing Showcase: An Evening of Poetry - The Community Poetry Showcase is a fundraising event highlighting the experiences and triumphs of victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Clients of the Sexual Assault and Family Trauma (SAFeT) Response Center and local slam poets will present their stories and their words in this moving event. Donations will go toward the SAFeT Response Center and Spokane Poetry Slam. People of all ages are welcome to attend, but discretion is advised. Saturday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Donations accepted. (509) 838-0206.
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