"It's spring fever," Mark Twain wrote. "That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want--oh, you don't know quite what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"
If spring fever has you feeling restless this weekend, here are some writer- and reader-oriented events to get you out into the literary world.
Tonight, political scientist and retired Yale University professor Jim Payne will discuss his book Six Political Illusions at Auntie's Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave., Spokane, (509) 838-0206. 7:00 p.m.
Also tonight, as part of the Big Read Book Discussions series, Tim O'Brien's haunting Vietnam War story The Things They Carried will be discussed at V. F. W. Post 51, 300 W. Mission Ave., Spokane. 5:00 p.m. and again on March 31 at 7:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Spokane Valley.
On Saturday, Jo Ann Bender will read from her book, Lebensborn, a novel based on the historical event of Nazi Germany's attempt to create a master Aryan race through a program they called Lebensborn. 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar St., Sandpoint, (208) 263-6930.
Also on Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00, Trent Reedy will sign copies of his young adult novel Words in the Dust, about an Afghan girl who discovers new friends and opportunities after her country changes regime. At 2:00, historian Buddy Levy (a WSU professor and co-host of the History Channel show Decoded) will present his book River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana's Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon. Both of these events will take place at Auntie's Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave., Spokane, (509) 838-0206
At Auntie's on Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00, members of the Idaho Writers League, Sandpoint Chapter, will present contributions to their anthology, Celebrating the Art of Writing, a collection of poetry, stories, and essays.
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