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Spokane Poetry Slam - Spokane Poetry Slam is competitive performance poetry. 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. Sign-ups at 7 p.m.; slam at 8 p.m. Monday, The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. $5/competitor or audience member. (208) 340-2750.

Banned Book Club - Participants are invited to read Sherman Alexie’s acclaimed novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” Alexie’s book, set on the Spokane Indian Reservation, is a story of a teenage boy trying to come into his own, against considerable odds. It is reported to be one of the most banned books in the country. Tuesday, 5 p.m., BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208) 882-2669.

Memoir Writing Workshop - Glenda Burgess, author of “The Geography of Love” and Books for a Better Life Award finalist, will lead a free workshop. The workshop will combine short writing exercises and a discussion on developing engaging memoir themes. Participants should bring writing materials and a short scene summary (300 words or less) on the theme “Keeping a Secret.” Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

“Side By Side” Storytime and Craft - Being the smallest in her family, Little Mouseling is often left out or left behind when her siblings play and wishes for a friend. Listen to the story and see who becomes Little Mouseling’s dearest friend. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Literary Freedom Book Group - Discussion of “The Last Runaway” by Tracy Chevalier. Wednesday, 6 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Mystery and Thriller Book Group - Discussion of “Morbid Taste for Bones (Brother Cadfael Chronicles)” by Ellis Peters. Thursday, 6 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Author Lila M. Rhodes - Book signing of “A Portrait by Stormlight,” a mystery novel about girls who never age. Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Hastings Books, 101 E. Best Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 664-0464.

Harry Potter’s Birthday Party - Harry Potter turns 35 this year and he deserves a party. Don your dress robes, bring your brooms and don’t forget your wands. Saturday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Spokane Novelists Group - A support/critique group for writers, open to anyone with an interest in writing fiction. No memoirs, nonfiction, poetry, etc. Participants should bring five to 10 pages to read aloud and six to eight copies for others to read along and critique. Meets the second and fourth Saturday of each month, noon-4 p.m., Otis Orchards Community Church, 23304 E. Wellesley Ave., Otis Orchards. (509) 590-7316.

Author Dennis Thomas - The veterinarian will sign his debut book, “Whole-Pet Healing: A Heart-to-Heart Guide to Connecting with and Caring for your Animal Companion.” Saturday, 1-3 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Author David Neiwert - Reading and discussion of “Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us.” Saturday, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

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