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Beacon Hill Reading – With Tod Marshall, Jeremy Pataky and S.M. Hulse. Part of the 17th annual Get Lit Festival. Monday, 6:30-8 p.m., Spokane Community College, Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities, 1810 N. Greene St. Free. (509) 828-1498.

Spokane Poetry Slam Finals - The top eight poets from the 2014-15 will compete to represent Spokane at the National Poetry Slam. Spokane Poetry Slam does not censor for content. Doors at 7 p.m.; slam at 8 p.m. Monday, The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. $10. (509) 747-2174.

“Landmarks” - As part of a collaboration with Spokane Arts, local artists and writers will explore the theme of landmarks. Paired teams of writers and artists will create a collaborative work, which will be installed in the Chase Gallery and on display for three months. Part of the 2015 Get Lit Festival. Tuesday, 6-7 p.m., Spokane City Hall, Chambers, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Free. (509) 828-1498.

Teen and College Poetry Slams - The Get Lit poetry slams turn the stage over to teens (ages 16-18) and college students of any age. Participants are welcome to compete alone or in teams at these energetic contests. Two slams, one for each age group. Register at 6 p.m.; slam at 6:30 p.m. Part of the 2015 Get Lit! Festival. Wednesday, The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. Free. (509) 828-1498.

“The Busy Beaver” Storytime and Craft - Share a story about a very busy beaver who, without thinking things through, has destroyed the forest home of his friends and neighbors. Come find out how he sets things right. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Happier Hour and Moose Tales Storytime - Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m., with beverage specials for adults and storytime at 4:30 p.m. for children. This week’s storytime is “Construction: Let’s Build!” Well-Read Moose Bookstore, 2048 N. Main St., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 215-2265.

Literary Freedom Book Group - Discussion of “Ham on Rye” by Charles Bukowski. Wednesday, 6 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

“A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment: Live!” - In 2014, Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter launched their own podcast, “A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment,” featuring wide-ranging conversations about the writing life, sports and culture. As a special event during the Get Lit! Festival, the authors will record the podcast in front of a live audience, with an opportunity for audience Q&A. Wednesday, 7-9 p.m., Spokane Community College, Lair Auditorium, 1810 N. Greene St. Free. (509) 828-1498.

Pie and Whiskey Reading - The fourth annual Get Lit! reading. Enjoy a slice of pie and a shot of Dry Fly whiskey. Thursday, 9 a.m., Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth Ave. $2/pie and whiskey. (509) 828-1498.

The Mystery and Thriller Book Club - Discussion of “Mistress of the Art of Death” by Ariana Franklin. Thursday, 6 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

An Evening with Jared Diamond: “The World Until Yesterday” - Talk about his popular book “The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?” He provides a picture of the human past as it had been for millions of years - a past that has mostly vanished - and considers what the differences between that past and the present mean for lives today. Thursday, 7 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. $15/general; students admitted free. (509) 359-6081.

“Into the Wilderness” - Reading and book signing with authors Sharma Shields and Benjamin Percy. Part of the Get Lit! Festival. Thursday, 7-8:45 p.m., Riverside Place, Commandery Room, 1108 W. Riverside Ave. $15/general; free/students with ID. (509) 828-1498.

Author Alexandra Teague - Reading and signing copies of her book, “The Wise and Foolish Builders.” Refreshments provided. Thursday, 7:30 p.m., BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208) 882-2669.

Author Rani Iyer - Reading from her books about the Earth’s beauty and how it is in danger of being lost. Other activities include paper crafts, coloring sheets, storytime and live music. Free and suitable for age 5 and older. Friday, 10 a.m.-noon, BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208) 882-2669.

Author Christina Lewis – Signing of “The Cheese Pirates: Cheddar Island,” about a mouse, Captain Pepper Jack, who must save Tillamook Bay from PiRats. Also, cheese sampling and root beer party. Call (509) 590-3419 for reservations. Friday, 1-3 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. $2/person; $5/family.

Authors Tim and Becky Hattenburg - Signing of “Death Ride: A Little Boy’s Night of Terror.” The book is the true story of Spokane resident Larry Kuntz, who survived the murder of both his mother and father in the family car in 1937. Friday, 3-7 p.m., Hastings Books – South Hill, 2512 E. 29th Ave. (509) 535-4342.

Author Cindy Hval - Presents “War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation.” Friday, 6-7:30 p.m., Well-Read Moose Bookstore, 2048 N. Main St., Coeur d’Alene, (208) 215-2265; and Saturday, 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble - Spokane Valley, 15310 E. Indiana Ave. (509) 922-4104.

In Conversation with Walter Kirn and Shawn Vestal - Reading, conversation and book signing. Part of the Get Lit! Festival. Friday, 7-8:45 p.m., Riverside Place, Commandery Room, 1108 W. Riverside Ave. $15/general; free/students with ID. (509) 828-1498.

Poetry Salon - Onstage conversation with featured poets. Mixture of brief readings, conversation about writing and the writing life and audience Q&A. Part of the 2015 Get Lit! Festival. Friday, 9-10:30 p.m., The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. Free. (509) 828-1498.

Youth Poetry Slams - For the kids’ slam, they will only perform one poem, and instead of being scored, they’ll receive verbal feedback from the judges. The middle school slam will be structured more like a traditional slam: two rounds, scores from three judges, etc. Register at 3 p.m.; slam at 4 p.m. Part of the 2015 Get Lit! Festival. Saturday, Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 828-1498.

Get Lit! Festival Writing Workshops - Each two-hour workshop will include discussion, writing exercises and Q&A. Writers of all levels are encouraged to sign-up to work with published authors and writing professionals on various forms of creative writing. Workshop topics will include editing the beginning of stories; writing the physicality of athletic endeavors and outdoor adventures into personal essay and memoir; generating new work; translating images into poems; writing dialogue in fiction and nonfiction; and developing story ideas in journalism. To register, visit www.brownpapertickets.com. Saturday, Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $30/each workshop; $20/workshop for students with ID. (509) 279-7000.

“The Wolf of Britannia, Part I” - Book signing of historical novel set in first century A.D. Britain, and is the historical prequel to the best-selling, “The Sign of the Eagle.” Saturday, 1 p.m., Hastings – Spokane Valley, 11324 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 924-0667.

The Round #7: Get Lit Edition - Three songwriters sharing the stage, alternating with a slam poet, with visual artists creating live, joined by a mix of backing musicians, before an audience, all together to create a unique evening of high quality and collaborative arts. Featured musician is Cami Bradley. Part of the 2015 Get Lit! Festival. Saturday, 8-10 p.m., The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. $10/advance; $12/day of show. (509) 828-1498.

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