Want a cocktail with Pulitzer-winner Colson Whitehead here in Boise?

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.

2018 PBS Kids Writers Contest: The 24th annual Idaho Public Television PBS Kids Writers Contest is open to all children in grades kindergarten to 3rd grade. This year the child’s parent or guardian can fill out an entry form online at The deadline is March 31.

Monday, Feb. 12

Books & Brews at Highlands Hollow: 7-8:30 p.m., Highlands Hollow, 2455 N. Highlands Hollow Lane, Boise. Enjoy a relaxed chat about books. Facilitated by Boise Public Library staff.

Tuesday, Feb. 13

Colson Whitehead Reception at Beside Bardenay: 5-7 p.m. Beside Bardenay, 612 W. Grove St., Boise. Join Pulitzer prize-winning “Underground Railroad” author Colson Whitehead for a drink before his Readings & Conversations lecture at the Egyptian Theatre. $20 for Cabin members (please call for code), $25 for nonmembers; includes appetizers. There will be a cash bar. Tickets available at

Colson Whitehead Readings & Conversations: 7:30-9:30 p.m., Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. This event is sold out, but any returned tickets will be available for sale at the door, sold as RUSH tickets on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of The Egyptian Theater.

Thursday, Feb. 15

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

Words in Action Writing Drop-In: 6:30-8 p.m., The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Second free monthly writing drop-in. Pairs local activists and a Cabin teaching writer to write, think and talk about social justice issues. The community activist will talk about the role of writing in their work for the first half. During the second half, a Cabin teaching writer will lead participants in a creative writing prompt in dialogue with the activist’s areas of interest. This month features Francisco Salinas, Boise State University director for student diversity and inclusion, and Cabin teaching-writer Danny Stewart. Free.

Laurie Frankel author event: 7-8:30 p.m., Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th St., Boise. Laurie Frankel is the award-winning author of “This Is How It Always Is.”

Collister Writes: Rick Just: Self Publishing: 7-9 p.m., Boise Public Library Collister branch, 4724 W. State St. A member of the Idaho Writer’s Guild conducts a two-hour workshop on different writing topics and styles. The program is designed for everyone from novice writers to professionals seeking to boost their skills.