Olivia Waite: 7 p.m. Aug. 13, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. As Lucy Muchelney watches her ex-lover’s sham of a wedding in “A Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics,” she wishes herself anywhere else. It isn’t until she finds a letter from the Countess of Moth, looking for someone to translate a groundbreaking French astronomy text, that she knows where to go. More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.
Rhys Bowen: 7 p.m. Aug. 15, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. In “Love and Death Among the Cheetahs,” Georgie and Darcy are finally on their honeymoon in Kenya, but murder crashes the party. When a leading member of the community makes a pass at Georgie and is later found dead, it quickly becomes apparent that lions aren’t the only creatures that kill. Bowen is the bestselling author of the “Royal Spyness” series. More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.
Alan Hardwick: 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15, Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds. Hardwick’s “Never Been This Close to Crazy,” is about finding love in the most unexpected places. When a 40-something personnel worker with no kids and a short to-do list meets a guitar-playing cop with a bunch of kids and an unstable ex-wife, the stage is set for a love story with a whole lot of crazy going on. Hardwick is a police sergeant with the Edmonds Police Department. This is his debut novel. More at www.edmondsbookshop.com.
Caleb Woods: 6 p.m. Aug. 15, The Neverending Ending Bookshop, 7530 Olympic View Drive, Suite 105, Edmonds. In “Harnessing Darkness: Expressing Mental Illness Through Poetry,” Woods shares how writing poetry helped him cope with developing and ongoing PTSD and depression. He expresses his emotions and experiences growing up as a gay young man in the Bible Belt. More at www.theneverendingbookshop.com.
Matthew Kepnes: 6 p.m. Aug. 16, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. “Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler’s Journey Home.” The bestselling author of “How to Travel the World on $50 a Day,” Kepnes knows what it feels like to get the travel bug. In 2005, Kepnes set off on a year-long trip around the world. Over 500,000 miles, 1,000 hostels, 90 different countries and 10 years later, he has compiled his favorite stories, experiences and insights into this travel manifesto. More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.
Susan Wiggs: 6 p.m. Aug. 17, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. In Wiggs’ “The Oysterville Sewing Circle,” Caroline Shelby has come home to Oysterville to heal. She returns to her favorite place: the sewing shop owned by Mrs. Lindy Bloom, the woman who inspired her and taught her to sew. Thus begins the Oysterville Sewing Circle — where women can join forces to support each other through the troubles they keep hidden. More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.
Cody T. Luff: 6 p.m. Aug. 18, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. Set in the far future, “Ration” is an unflinching take on the ways in which society can harm the very people it seeks to protect. Luff teaches at Portland Community College and works as a story editor. This is his debut novel. More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.
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.
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