Snohomish County book calendar

G. Roger Schoenhals

3 p.m. Dec. 9, University Book Store, Mill Creek

An ordained minister, professor, pilot, outdoorsman and writer, Schoenhals shares an inspiring collection of stories from his life in his new book “Hikes, Flights and Lookout Stories.” These tales cover a grueling 50-mile hike on the West Coast Trail of Vancouver Island, a near-accident in a float plane on Quilcene Bay and a fire inside a fire lookout station during a lightning storm. The store is in the Mill Creek Town Center, 15311 Main St.

Bryan Johnston

3 p.m. Dec. 10, University Book Store, Mill Creek

An Emmy award-winning writer and producer, Johnston will read from and sign copies of his latest book, “The Second Meanest Man in the World.” Here’s the gist: Something’s wrong in the Emerald City. People are acting very un-Seattle-ish. They jaywalk, don’t recycle or use umbrellas and — most troubling of all — are making eye-contact with strangers. Seattle newspaper columnist Stewart Street smells a story, and is cozying up with every Northwest mover and shaker to get to the bottom of it. Can he crack this baffling case before the situation reaches critical mass, and rips the city apart? Will Seattle become New York west?

Jennifer Bardsley

2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 16, The Neverending Bookshop, Bothell

Bardsley will sign copies of her YA books “Genesis Girl” and “Damaged Goods” at the Bothell bookshop, 10123 Main Place, No. 2, Bothell. The author and mother of two also writes the weekly column “I Brake For Moms” for The Daily Herald.

Poetry readings

7 p.m. Mondays, Black Lab Gallery, Everett

The gallery offers a poetry reading each Monday evening at 1618 Hewitt Ave. For more information, call 425-512-9476.

7 p.m. Thursdays, Cafe Zippy, Everett

Everett Poetry night at the cafe is on most Thursday evenings at 1502 Rucker Ave. Call 425-303-0474.

6 p.m. first Thursdays, Hibulb Cultural Center, Tulalip

Jason Whitmarsh reads from his poetry on Dec. 7. Open mic follows. In the center’s library at 6410 23rd Ave. NE. Free.

New books

Jared McVay

“Santa’s Magic Ring”

McVay is an award-winning author, a Navy veteran and a former cowboy, rodeo clown, lumberjack, power lineman, sailor and actor. “Santa’s Magic Ring” is based on a screenplay by the late Pete Schrum, who portrayed Santa Claus in Coca-Cola ads that ran for more than a decade. The story is about Duncan, a sweet little elf who can’t help getting himself in trouble. After making mistake after mistake, he decides that he could be a better helper for The Big Elf if he just took Santa’s magic ring. What Duncan doesn’t know is that the ring’s magic only works for Santa. Now he must find his way back to the North Pole and return the ring before he misses Christmas. Find it on Amazon.

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