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Lilac City Fairy Tales 

When: Wed., Feb. 14, 8 p.m. 2018
Price: $11-$16
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Annually for the past four years, award-winning Spokane author Sharma Shields gathers up a volunteer team of fellow wordsmiths to help her compile the ultra-local writing collection Lilac City Fairy Tales. Proceeds from the anthology supports West Central/Kendall Yards literacy and education center Spark Central. Each year, the number of submissions grows, and so do the quality and diversity of poems, essays and short fiction printed within the themed editions. This year’s work was inspired by the prompt “Towers and Dungeons,” with contributors given the freedom to interpret the words literally or figuratively. For the fourth volume’s launch, several contributing poets writers and local musicians are set to perform, with ticket proceeds also supporting Spark’s programming for kids, teens and adults in subjects such as writing, the arts and technology. (Full disclosure: I am one of the local writers whose work is featured in this year’s anthology.)

Wed, Feb. 14 at 7 pm • $11-$16 • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • friendsofthebing.org • spark-central.org
— Chey Scott

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