Karen Barnett discussing “Mistaken,” a suspenseful, historical romance set in Washington state, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Parkland Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma. Free. 253-548-3304, piercecountylibrary.org.
Peg Bowden reading and signing, “A Land of Hard Edges,” 7 p.m. Sept. 16, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N. J St., Tacoma. Free, ipctacoma.org.
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Linda Malnack, co-editor of the online poetry journal “Switched-on Gutenberg,” 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 17, Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Free. 360-701-2030, home.comcast.net/~yake/ opn.html.
Martha Lohn slated to speak at PEO annual fundraiser, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 7410 S. 12th St., Tacoma. $12. 253-759-9511.
Michele Morris “A Taste of Washington” book signing, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Proctor Farmers Market, North 27th and Proctor streets, Tacoma. Free.
Dena Hankins with Eric Andrews-Katz, David Holly, and Jeffrey Rickerto promote her queer/trans romance, “Blue Water Dreams,” 3-5 p.m. Sept. 21, Orca Books, 509 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia.
Dean Owen book talk and signing “November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy,” 7-8 p.m. Sept. 23, Tacoma Public Library Main Branch, Olympic Room, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. Free, tacomapubliclibrary.org.
Adult Book Clubs
South Hill Book Discussion Group “Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman” by Robert K. Massie, 7 p.m. Sept. 15, South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian Ave. E, South Hill. Free. 253-548-3303, piercecountylibrary.org.
Banned Book Club “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes, 7 p.m. Sept. 16, Doyle’s Public House, 208 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. Free.
Second Saturday Book Club “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett, special date for September, 2 p.m. Sept. 20, Summit Pierce County Library, 5107 112th St. E, Tacoma. Free. 253-548-3321, piercecountylibrary.org.
Pizza & Books 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 23, South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian Ave. E., South Hill. Free. 253-548-3303, piercecountylibrary.org.
YA Not Book Club “Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon” by Steve Sheinkin and “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak, 7 p.m. Sept. 23, King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. Free.
Food Justice Book Club organized by the Pierce County Gleaning Project, 7 p.m. Sept. 24, King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma.
Comics & Pizza Club “Velvet, Volume 1” by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting, 7 p.m. Sept. 26, Harmon Tap Room, 204 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma.
’Round The Poets Fire 7 p.m. Sept. 18, The Triad Theater, 102 E. Yelm Ave., Yelm. $5 at the door. 360-458-3140, thetriadartstheater.com.
Poetry and Songs for the Wild 2 p.m. Sept. 20, The Woman’s Club, 1002 Washington St. SE, Olympia. $10 - $20.
Book sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27, 1-4 p.m. Sept. 28, Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia, olympiafriends.com.
Yokohama Yankee: Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Garfield Book Co. at PLU, 208 Garfield St. South, Tacoma. $15. 253-241-4166, plu.edu/liferoadscholar.
40 Things to Do with a Poem 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 15, Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia. Free. 360-701-2030, home.comcast.net/~yake/ opn.html.
Writers Critique Group 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 18, Tulleys Coffee, 764 Broadway, Tacoma. Free. 253-537-5010.
E-Books and E-Readers 5-6 p.m. Sept. 22, Sumner Pierce County Library, 1116 Fryar Ave., Sumner. Free. 253-548-3306, piercecountylibrary.org/ calendar.
Puyallup Public Library 324 S. Meridian, Puyallup, offers free classes throughout the day and evening for children, toddlers and families.
Pierce County Libraries Summer reading program offers reading incentives, prizes, activities, entertainment throughout the summer. Events, activities and workshops for adults and children at all branches. Contact your local branch, piercecountylibrary.org.
Tacoma Public Libraries Summer reading program offers reading incentives, prizes, activities, entertainment throughout the summer. For more information on events, contact your local branch of the Tacoma library at 253-292-2001. tacomapubliclibrary.org.
Main Library: 1102 Tacoma Ave. S.
Fern Hill Library: 765 S. 84th St.
Mary Rose Kobetich Library: 212 Browns Point Blvd. NE.
Grace R. Moore Library: 215 S. 56th St.
Charlotte White Mottet Library: 3523 E. G St.
South Tacoma Library: 3411 S. 56th St.
George O. Swasey Library: 7001 Sixth Ave.
Anna Lemon Wheelock Library: 3722 N. 26th St.
Contact your local branch of Timberland Regional Library:
Olympia: 313 Eighth Ave. SE; 360-352-0595.
Lacey: 500 College St. SE; 360-491-3860.
Tumwater: 7023 New Market St.; 360-943-7790.
Yelm: 210 Prairie Park St.; 360-458-3374.
Tenino: 172 Central Ave. W.; 360-264-2369.