Lawney Reyes: 7 p.m. April 23, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. Reyes’ “The Horse Nation” tells of how horses and horse races have played a part in the lives of Native American tribes, from the 17th to the 21st centuries. Reyes also is the author of “Be Street: The Notorious Playground of Coulee Dam” and “The Last Fish War: Survival on the Rivers.” More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.
Kevin Ticen: 7 p.m. April 25, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. Ticen’s “When it Mattered Most” tells the story of the first American team to win the Stanley Cup — a feat largely lost to history. In the winter of 1917, as Europe pulled the U.S. into World War II, the Seattle Metropolitans hockey team was determined to become league champion. More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.
Bill Griffith: 6 p.m. April 26, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. “Nobody’s Fool,” a graphic novel biography, follows the story of Schlitzie the Pinhead’s long career — from Coney Island and the Ringling Bros. Circus to small-town carnivals and big-city sideshows — which is one of legend. Possibly born Simon Metz, Schlitzie is most known for his appearance in the 1932 film “Freaks.” More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.
Indie Bookstore Day: Local bookstores in Snohomish County will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on April 27. Participating stores will host parties and author appearances, offer limited-edition merchandise and giveaways, and stamp your “passport” for the now-famous bookstore challenge. Collect a stamp at each store as proof of visits to receive discounts. More at www.seattlebookstoreday.com.
Laura Kalpakian: 6 p.m. April 27, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. In Kalpakian’s “The Great Pretenders,” Roxanne forges a career unique for women in the 1950s, becoming an agent for hungry young screenwriters. She struggles to be taken seriously by the men who rule Hollywood and who often assume that sexual favors are just a part of doing business. When she sells a script by a blacklisted writer under the name of a willing frontman, more exiled writers seek her help. More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.
Elana Mugdan: 1 p.m. April 28,The Neverending Bookshop, Olympic View Drive, Suite 105, Edmonds. Mugdan’s “Dragon Speaker” is the first of five novels in The Shadow War Saga young-adult fantasy series. Mugdan will attend this book-reading-and-signing event in full Allentrian costume. Watch for her second novel, “Dragon Child,” out May 17. More at www.theneverendingbookshop.com.
Ian Doescher: 6 p.m. April 28, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. Power struggles. Bitter rivalries. Jealousy. Betrayals. Star-crossed lovers. When you consider all these plot points, it’s pretty surprising William Shakespeare didn’t write “Mean Girls.” But now fans can treat themselves to the epic drama — and heroic hilarity — of the classic teen comedy rendered with the wit, flair and iambic pentameter of the Bard in Doescher’s “Much Ado About Mean Girls.”
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.
Trudy Kempton Dana: The former spokeswoman for the Lynnwood Police Department has written a saga about her family of early Montana pioneering ranchers. The Kempton family includes a Mayflower pilgrim, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a Sioux Indian chief and a star roper and rider with “Doctor Carver’s Wild West Show.” Both the ranch and the Kempton Hotel still exist in the small town of Terry in eastern Montana. Each book features more than 100 historical photos. The first of three books is “The Kemptons: Adventures of a Montana Ranch Family, 1880-1964.” More at www.kemptonranch.com.
Steve K. Bertrand: The Mukilteo author has another haiku book out: “Distant Islands” focuses on nature — of the outdoors and human variety — in the Pacific Northwest. Bertrand has authored many collections of poems written in the Japanese verse form. The award-winning poet, historian and photographer has published more than 25 books. Find his books on Amazon.
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