Witch way

Alice Hoffman presents her suspenseful novel 'Probable Future,' the story of a contemporary New England family living with the legacy of an ancestor who was tried as a witch and drowned. The women of the Sparrow family still can divine dreams, see the future and read minds, but they must negotiate their powers in the modern world.

Hoffman reads at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.

American patchwork

Jana Harris is an award-winning poet and a multiple Pulitzer Prize nominee. For her new book of poetry, 'We Never Speak of It,' Harris researched American pioneer memoirs, artifacts and historical documents. The result is a lyrical social history based on real events.

Harris speaks at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at Twenty-third Avenue Books, 1015 N.W. 23rd Ave.

Free verse

Barnes & Noble hosts its monthly open-mike poetry night for poets of all ages, styles and skill levels.

The event is at 7 p.m. Friday, July 11, at Barnes & Noble, 1317 Lloyd Center.

Dog days

Alaskan author Sue Henry discusses her most recent mystery novel, 'Death Trap.' The book features Henry's longtime protagonist, musher Jessie Arnold.

Henry reads at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 14, at Murder by the Book, 3210 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.

Ñ Compiled by Tina Satter

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