Matthew Hunt: 6 p.m. Dec. 14, University Book Store, 15311 Main St., Mill Creek. When the solar flares first erupt in Hunt’s “Solar Reboot,” Cameron tries to rationalize the disaster away. The electrical grid will come back up. The government will reassure the panicked populace. The hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes will abate. Most importantly, Cameron’s husband, Alex, and daughter, Piper, will get home safely from New York City. Instead, Cameron finds herself alone as the world tears itself apart. More at www.ubookstore.com/mill-creek.
Peggy Herring: 2 p.m. Dec. 15, The Neverending Bookshop, 7530 Olympic View Drive, Unit 105, Edmonds. Herring’s book “Anna, Like Thunder” is based on historical events. In 1808, the Russian brig St. Nikolai ran aground off the Washington coast with 22 crew members on board. Peggy’s novel follows the story of 18-year-old Anna Petrovna Bulygina as she travels aboard the trading ship. More at www.theneverendingbookshop.com.
Kimberley Bouchard: 2 p.m. Dec. 22, The Neverending Bookshop, 7530 Olympic View Drive, Unit 105, Edmonds. Bouchard will read from and talk about her “Positively Disney” series. Her books share heartwarming stories about Disney’s impact on people’s lives. Do you love Disney? Collect all four books. More at www.theneverendingbookshop.com.
P.K. Newby: 7 p.m. Jan. 7, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. In “Food & Nutrition: What Everyone Needs to Know,” Newby examines 134 food-related topics, including how what we eat affects our health and our environment, and why dieting works differently for everyone. She is a scientist and author who debunks popular food myths and folklore. More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.
Thomas Kohnstamm: 7 p.m. Jan. 8, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. Kohnstamm’s novel, “Lake City,” is set in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood during the 2001 holiday season. In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy and at the peak of Seattle’s first wave of tech-boom gentrification — a wave that never quite made it to his neighborhood — Lane Beuche schemes how to win back his wife (and her trust fund). More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.
Jeffrey L. Staley: 7 p.m. Jan. 9, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. “Gum Moon” (Cantonese for “golden gate”) is the coming-of-age story of a Chinese American girl who loses everything — family, friends and home — but who, through the gift of music, ends up singing at the White House in 1908 at the age of 13. This novel is based on events in the life of the author’s wife’s grandmother. Staley is the author of three academic books and has edited three others. More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.
Edmonds Bookshop: 5 p.m. third Thursdays. Third Thursday Art Walk poetry readings are held during the Everett Art Walk at the bookshop, 111 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds. Call 425-775-2789 for more.
Black Lab Gallery: 7 p.m. Mondays. The gallery offers a poetry reading each Monday evening at 1618 Hewitt Ave., Everett. For more information, call 425-512-9476.
Cafe Zippy: 7 p.m. Thursdays. Everett Poetry Night at the cafe is on most Thursday evenings at 1502 Rucker Ave., Everett. Call 425-303-0474.
Hibulb Cultural Center: 6 p.m. first Thursdays. The museum’s Open Mic Poetry series continues. In the Longhouse Room at 6410 23rd Ave. NE, Tulalip. Visit www.hibulbculturalcenter.org for more.
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