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.
Richard Porter: 2 p.m. Jan. 12, Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett. The Everett historian will read from “Smokestackers!,” his new book of narrative Everett history. “Smokestackers!” is a zine-style book that tells the tales of lesser-known figures and underdogs from the City of Smokestacks. Joining the author will be his wife, musician Christa Porter, who will sing banjolele-backed American jazz standards from the 1920s to ’50s. Call 425-257-7640.
Craig Romano: 7 p.m. Jan. 17, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. Romano’s “Urban Trails Seattle” features 45 hikes not only around Seattle, but also throughout south King County and on Vashon and Blake Islands. Romano is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books about outdoor recreation. 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.
Jean Kim: The former minister from Everett has written her autobiography. Titled “Hope in the Color Purple,” Kim’s book is about her emigration from Korea, her service in the Presbyterian church and her experiences a social worker serving the homeless. All profits from the sale of the book will benefit the Hope in the Color Purple Fund. More about the author at www.jeankimhome.com.
Craig Romano: Get your heart pumping with a quick run, enjoy a peaceful hike, or take the kids for a stroll — all on trails close to home. Romano’s “Urban Trails Everett” features 45 hikes around Everett and throughout western Snohomish County, as well as on Whidbey and Camano islands. Romano is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books about outdoor recreation. Learn more at www.craigromano.com.
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