Shauna Ahern: 6 p.m. Dec. 11, The Neverending Bookshop, 7530 Olympic View Drive, Edmonds. Even when running a popular food blog, writing award-winning cookbooks and raising two children, Ahern never felt like she was good enough. In the midst of this, at age 48, she suffered a mini-stroke. When her doctor impressed upon her that emotional stress can cause physical damage, she dove deep inside herself to understand and let go of a lifetime of damaging patterns of thought. In “Enough,” Ahern, of Gluten-Free Girl fame, shares a collection of essays about finding enough. More at www.theneverendingbookshop.com.
J.D. Howard: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14, J. Matheson Gifts, 2615 Colby Ave., Everett. “The Pride of Monte Cristo” is a historical novel set in 1896. The story follows an Irish immigrant and miner’s stay in the east Snohomish County mining boomtown of Monte Cristo. Known as “the Duke of Monte Cristo,” the man helps townspeople escape when a disastrous flood threatens lives. More at www.jmatheson.com.
Tarryn Fisher: 6 p.m. Jan. 4, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. Imagine that your husband has two other wives. You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, and because of this unconventional arrangement, you can see your husband only one day a week. But you love him so much you don’t care. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself. This is the story line of “The Wives,” Fisher’s latest novel. She is the bestselling author of nine novels, having also written “We Came Here to Forget” and “She Regrets Nothing.” More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.
Lucas P. Kok: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 4, The Neverending Bookshop, 7530 Olympic View Drive, Edmonds. Kok’s book, “Taima the Seahawk,” is a tale about the watchful protector of Seattle, who sees his town’s football team suffer a heartbreaking loss in their first Super Bowl. He realizes he must lead them in showing the world what it means to be a Seahawk. More at www.theneverendingbookshop.com.
Melissa Hartwig Urban: 7 p.m. Jan. 6, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. Healthy recipes for parties and celebrations are complied in “The Whole30 Friends & Family.” The book provides Whole30 menus and recipes for everyday social occasions from birthday parties to baby showers, movie night, tailgating and more. More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.
Catherine Fransson: Noon Jan. 11, Edmonds Bookshop, 111 5th Ave. S Edmonds. The Everett native wrote a memoir about her relationship with her parents. “Loving the Enemy: When The Favorite Parent Dies First” shares how Fransson grappled with getting acquainted with her father after Mother died first. This memoir reveals how estrangement can be overcome with courage, time and an open heart. More at www.edmondsbookshop.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.
Steve K. Bertrand: The Mukilteo author has released another book of poetry: “Living Amongst the Sasquatch and Other Poems” is a collection of poetry about life in the Pacific Northwest. All of the poems were written over the last 40 years. The award-winning poet, historian and photographer has published 28 books. Find them on Amazon.
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