Boise author Cynthia Hand to speak at Boise bookstore

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.

Monday, Dec. 4

Books & Brews at Sockeye: 7-8 p.m., Sockeye Grill, 3019 N. Cole Road, Boise. Enjoy a relaxed chat about books. Adults only please. Facilitated by Boise Public Library staff.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

Books & Brews at White Dog Brewing Company: 6:30-7:30 p.m., White Dog Brewing Company, 705 W. Fulton St., Boise. Enjoy a relaxed chat about books.

Free Drop-In Writing Workshop: 6:30-8 p.m., The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Provides unique prompts designed to inspire a supportive community of local writers. December’s workshop is hosted by Heidi Kraay.

Collister Writes: Making a Life as a Fiction Writer: 7-9 p.m., Boise Public Library Collister branch, 4724 W. State St. Two-hour workshop exploring the ins and outs of writing using the The Great Courses’ “Writing Great Fiction” along with group discussions and exercises.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Writers Bloc: Prompts and Guided Writing: 6-7 p.m., Meridian Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane. Join us for an evening of discussion and prompts relating to all things writing.

Following Your Muse: My Life With Dogs: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Boise Public Library main branch, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Mark Asher talks about writing and his book, “All That Ails You,” which is about a rescue dog who brings joy to a home for seniors. Asher will sell and sign his books at the end of his presentation.

Thursday, Dec. 7

Budding Wordsmiths: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Meridian Library Silverstone branch, 3531 E. Overland Road. Explore the craft and enjoyment of creative writing, eat snacks, play games and make new friends.

Cynthia Hand author event: 7 p.m., Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th St., Boise. Boise author Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens, including her most recent, “The Afterlife of Holly Chase.”

Friday, Dec. 8

Boise Bookmarks: Citywide Readers & Reviewers Club for Teens: 3:30-5:30 p.m., Boise Public Library main branch. For readers in the 7th-12th grades. Read whatever you want and tell each other about the books.

Ghosts & Projectors with Zachary Schomburg, Emily Ruskovich and Kathryn Jensen: 7-9 p.m., MING Studios, 420 S. 6th St., Boise. The Cabin launches its new-to-us reading series featuring innovative, experimental and emerging writers from Boise and beyond. $3 for Cabin members, $5 for nonmembers. Purchase tickets at

Saturday, Dec. 9

Poetry Workshop: The Way Out with Zachary Schomburg: 10:30 a.m.-noon, The Cabin, Boise. Zachary Schomburg is the author of the novel “Mammother” and four books of poems published by Black Ocean. He is the editor and publisher of Octopus Books, an independent poetry press. In this workshop, we’ll look specifically at some of the ways out of a poem, and how some of those ways out are more successful than others. We’ll think about poems as paths that lead toward a grand exit. Our discussion will center on examples provided by the instructor and a few generative exercises with poem-endings in mind. $7 for Cabin members, $10 for nonmembers. Purchase tickets at