Author events and poetry readings around Snohomish County

Catriona McPherson: 6 p.m. March 24, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. In McPherson’s “Scot and Soda,” the Scottish-born California transplant Lexy Campbell finds a body during her houseboat Halloween party. The smart choice is to leave it up to the cops to identify the body and catch the killer. But Lexy and her motley crew of motel pals put themselves on the case. McPherson writes the “Last Ditch” and “Dandy Gliver” mystery series. More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.

Ally Condie: 7 p.m. March 28, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. Who do you become when you have nothing left to lose? In Condie’s “The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe” 17-year-old captain of the Outpost’s last mining ship wants far more than the gold they tear from the Serpentine River. She’s seeking to avenge the murder of her true love. This is the third and final book of Condie’s “Matched” trilogy. More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.

Thomas Bird: 6 p.m. March 29, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. Bird’s “Can You Help Me?” shares the surprising, insightful, challenging and even encouraging stories of patients and their families who live with Huntington Disease. Having seen patients for more than 40 years, Bird, a pioneer neurogeneticist, adds a human touch to this genetic brain disease that devastates persons during mid-life when they can least afford it. More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.

Sandra Anderson: 2 p.m. March 30, The Neverending Bookshop, 7530 Olympic View Drive, Suite 105, Edmonds. In her book “Troubled Mother, Troubled Son,” Anderson explores her son’s death and his troubled life on her path to recovery. She hopes this book will help other moms and dads who have lost a child. Semi-retired, Anderson shares a home in Everett with her sister and two small dogs. More at www.theneverendingbookshop.com.

Amy Zhao: 6 p.m. March 30, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. “Pia the Pinena Fairy: Saving Maui” is a book for kids written by a kid. In order to save the Hawaiian island from a villain, Pia and her fairy friends go on a daring mission. Along their journey, they meet friendly mermaids and battle against an army of giant spiders. Zhao is a fifth-grader in the Northshore School District. This is the third book in her “Pia the Pinena Fairy” series. More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.

POETRY READINGS

The Neverending Bookshop: 6 p.m. first Fridays. The bookshop hosts a Flash Fiction and Poetry Slam at 7530 Olympic View Drive, Suite 105, Edmonds. All poets and short fiction/non-fiction writers are welcome. Call 425-415-1945.

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.

NEW BOOKS

Lesley Moffat: Are the demands of your teaching job taking a toll on your health? “I Love My Job But It’s Killing Me” is a teacher’s guidebook to conquering chronic stress and sickness. The band director at Jackson High School in Mill Creek for more than 30 years, Moffat was sick and tired of being sick and tired. When she figured out through trial and error how to get back to work, she decided to write a how-to guide for her fellow educators. More about the author at mpowerededucator.com.

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