THIS WEEK: April 10 to 16, 2015
Open Mic Night, sponsored by the Campion Literary Society. With readings of poems, short stories, drama, creative nonfiction, music and comedy. Postupak Room, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. April 10. 570-208-5900, ext. 5487.
Book Signing, with Bryan Kollar, author of “The Memory Machine: Birthday Killings.” Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11. 570-675-1182.
Author Talk, by Marybeth Cavanaugh Zeman, author of “Tales of a Jailhouse Librarian: Challenging the Juvenile Justice System One Book at a Time.” McGowan Room, Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 4 p.m. April 14. Free. Reservations: 570-674-6225.
Book Release and Signing, with Dr. William V. Lewis, author of “Lincoln: Luzerne County Friends and Foes.” On hand: the 143rd Pennsylvania Regiment Company A. Luzerne County Historical Society, 69 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 5 to 7 p.m. April 14. Free. 570-823-6244.
JCC Book Club, a discussion of “The House of Tyneford” by Natasha Solomons. Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Noon on April 16. 570-824-4646.
Poetry Reading, with award-winning, nationally recognized poet Daisy Fried, whose poetry volumes include “Women’s Poetry,” “My Brother Is Getting Arrested Again” and “She Didn’t Mean to Do It.” Beers Lecture Hall, East Stroudsburg University. 4 p.m. April 16. Free. 570-422-3071.
The Franklin Street Sleuths. The mystery group discusses “The Good Knight” by Sarah Woodbury. 6:30 p.m. April 16. Free. Light refreshments. 570-823-0156.
Dash, Devour and Drink, a new book club with a discussion of “Bridget Jones’s Diary” by Helen Fielding taking place during a walk or run around West Pittston. Followed by a beverage recipe that compliments the book. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 4:15 p.m. April 17. Registration (by April 14): 570-654-9847.
Book Signing and Reading, with Eleanor Gwyn-Jones, author of “Jazz Hands.” Light refreshments. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. April 17. Reservations: 570-821-1959.
Book Signing with Margo L. Azzarelli, author of “Lackawanna County Chronicles.” Library Express, Steamtown Mall, 300 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18. 570-558-1670.
Fiction Writing Group, open to high school students and adults. Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas. Noon to 3 p.m. April 18. 570-675-1182.
Luncheon with a Special Author, the 27th annual event with guest speaker Barbara Ross, author of the Maine Clambake Mystery series. Appletree Terrace, Newberry Estate, 458 N. Pioneer Ave., Dallas. 11 a.m. April 23. $27. Reservations: 570-675-1182.
Great Books at Hayfield, a discussion of “Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin. Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 1269 Old Route 115, Lehman Township. April 27 with a buffet supper at 6 p.m. and discussion at 7 p.m. Bring a dish to share. 570-675-2171.
Book Talk and Signing, with Deb Pavlico, author of “Conversations with Women: The Journey Toward Self-Esteem.” Nutrifitness, 311 Market St., Kingston. Noon to 1 p.m. May 2. $20 includes a signed copy of the book, discussion and vegetarian lunch. Registration (by April 25): 570-288-2409.
Book Signing with John J. Zelenski, author of “Walker’s Vale” and “The Journal of Ezekiel Walker.” Library Express, Steamtown Mall, 300 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton. 2 to 4 p.m. May 2. 570-558-1670.
Dialogue Arts Youth Festival, the first annual event with internationally acclaimed spoken-word poets Carlos Andres Gomez, Lauren Whitehead, Jon Sands and Adam Falkner. With poetry readings 7 p.m. May 15 at TwentyFiveEight Studios, Rear 703 N. Washington Ave., Scranton ($10); and youth workshops 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tunkhannock Area High School, 135 Tiger Drive. 908-892-0573.
The Franklin Street Sleuths. The mystery group discusses “The Other Woman” by Hank Phillippi Ryan. 6:30 p.m. May 21. Free. Light refreshments. 570-823-0156.
The Gathering, the annual literary event with the theme “The Story: Exploring Personal Encounters with History.” Speakers include poet and journalist Constance Garcia-Barrio, authors Philip Mosley, Adwoa Badoe, Anita Hill, Gina Nahai, keystone professor Kerry Roe, poet Denver Butson and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Katherine Boo. Keystone College, One College Green, La Plume. 3 to 8:30 p.m. July 16; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 17 and 18; 7 a.m. to noon July 19. Includes speakers, book signings, dinners, workshops, wine reception, morning yoga and more. 570-945-8510 or the gatheringatkeystone.org.
Zinio for Libraries. The Osterhout Free Library is offering multi-user access to popular digital publications through Zinio, the world’s largest newsstand. Stop by at 71 S. Franklin St. in Wilkes-Barre 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for patron support. 570-823-0156.
Experiments of War, a fantasy novel investigating the theme of true friendship, was recently released by RoseDog Books. Written by Luzerne resident Zofia Vascari, the book is a 220-page paperback priced at $17 and available at dorrancepressroom.com or rosedogbookstore.com.