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Spokane Poetry Slam

Auntie's Bookstore Any book lover will fall in love with Auntie's two floors of countless pages. As the largest independently owned bookstore in the region, Auntie's serves as a hub for events like children's activities, author readings, poetry nights, live music and book groups. 402 W. Main Ave. • 838-0206

Get Lit! Literary Festival Get Lit! douses the city in all things literature for several days each April. As the city's largest literary event, more than 40 local and national authors participate in readings, talks, signings and panel discussions alongside other events at multiple venues, including poetry slams, writing contests and workshops.

Idaho Writers League: Coeur d'Alene chapter Being part of this group gives authors a place to share their work, receive critiques and exchange advice about getting published. The statewide league has chapters across Idaho, including a Coeur d'Alene chapter that meets twice a month, plus groups in Sandpoint and the Palouse.

Inland Northwest Center for Writers Graduates of EWU's renowned creative writing masters program have gone on to win literary awards and publish books, with publishers like Sierra Club Books and Yale University. At the core of the program, students learn through advanced workshops and internships where they teach creative writing in the community. Eastern Washington University, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 259 • 828-1310

Lost Horse Press This nonprofit, independent press showcases poets and authors, especially those just emerging. They hold a number of writing and reading focused events throughout the year. 105 Lost Horse Ln. Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-255-4410

Spokane County Library District If you're only using the library to pick up summer reads and get books for your kid's research project, you're missing out. There's a slew of classes on things like health and finance, kids' story time, homework help, a free online streaming service for movies and shows and an e-learning program. 4322 N. Argonne Rd. • 893-8200

Spokane Is Reading Spokane is Reading is Spokane's collective common reading project — they choose a book, try to make sure everyone can read it, and then host the author. For 2015, Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven was the chosen read. She will visit the Bing Crosby Theater in October. 444-5307

Spokane Poetry Slam In case you're wondering, spoken word poetry is alive in Spokane, and the Spokane Poetry Slam is at the heart of it. The group hosts two slams a month — one at the The Bartlett and one at Boots Bakery — as well as a writing/performance workshop called Wordwright's Workshop.

Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers Do you have an idea you've been itching to turn into a book? Maybe getting together with other like-minded authors might help push you along. This all-ages group, which meets the first Thursday of each month, is a mixture of accomplished authors and those just getting started in the writing and publishing world.

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