Boise theater expert to sign book before Shakespeare Festival performance

Story times and book clubs: Area public libraries offer story programs for children of all ages and book clubs for youth and adults. Go to their websites and click on the calendar to check out the offerings.

Books & Brews at Bier:Thirty: 7-8:30 Monday, July 17, Bier:Thirty, 3073 S. Bown Way, Boise. Enjoy a relaxed chat about books. Talk about what you’re reading and hear about what others are enjoying. Facilitated by Boise Public Library staff.

Equality and Diversity: A Reading Group for Adults: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, Boise Public Library main branch, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. New reading group for adults interested in exploring the themes of LGBTQIA liberation and equality, as they intersect with identity, diversity, feminism, class consciousness, racial justice and multiculturalism. We will focus on contemporary fiction, nonfiction and online articles.

Writing Workshop: 7-8:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, Boise Public Library main branch. Hands-on program for adult writers who want to share and discuss their work. Bring fiction (short stories, flash fiction, novel excerpts) and creative nonfiction (personal essays, micro-memoirs, and memoir excerpts). The word limit is 5,200 (approximately 15 double-spaced pages).

Budding Wordsmiths: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20, Meridian Library at Silverstone, 3531 E. Overland Road. A summer writing camp for young, aspiring writers that will explore the craft and enjoyment of creative writing. Snacks, games and writing.

Collister Writes: 7-8 p.m. Thursday, July 20, Boise Public Library Collister branch, 4724 W. State St. 7 Steps to Highly Effective Short Story Writing with Sherry Briscoe of the Idaho Writers Guild. Walk through the step-by-step process to create grabbing stories that hook your readers from the first page and leave them wanting more.

Writing Creative Local and Family History: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 20, Meridian Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane. Series of lectures by Meridian Library District and the Idaho State Historical Society. Topics include records repositories; unique, often untapped records types; and writing techniques for making one’s family history as creative, interesting and historically accurate as possible. Led by Dr. Steve Barrett, an archivist and family history and local records specialist of the Idaho State Historical Society.

Charles Lauterbach author event: 630-8 p.m. Saturday, July 22, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 E. Warm Springs Ave. Charles Lauterbach, former BSU professor of theatre arts, will conduct a book signing of his latest publication, “The Golden Age of Boise Theatre: 1900-1920,” before the performance of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Writer’s Bloc Presents: The Writer’s Spotlight: 7-9 p.m. Saturday, July 22, Meridian Library at Cherry Lane. Readings from local writers and authors. Stay for an open-mic portion after the initial author lineup. Register at if you would like to receive updates on the author lineup. Every audience member will have two minutes to present an excerpt or short piece. Beverages and food will be served. Free and open to the public.