05/24/2015 - 10:00am to 05/25/2015 - 6:30pm

BookPeople will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25. The New York Times for those dates will be available for subscribers to pick up at the store's front door. Copies for purchase will be available on Tuesday, May 26.

05/31/2015 - 4:00pm

Maureen Doyle McQuerry will visit BookPeople on Sunday, May 31 at 4pm. The author of the popular Time out of Time books, McQuerry will read from and talk about her second and newly published book in the series, The Telling Stone, and will sign copies. Light refreshments will be provided.

Maureen Doyle McQuerry writes books on the borders of myth and magical realism for young adults that explore questions of identity, redemption and resilience. Her YA novel, The Peculiars (Abrams/Amulet 2012) was an ALA Best Book for Young Adult Readers 2013, Bank Street and Horne Book recommended book, and the Westchester Award winner. Beyond the Door (Abrams/Amulet) the first in the Time Out of Time duet, is a Booklist top Ten Fantasy/SciFi for Youth. She has taught middle school through college with a specialty in gifted education. She is also a poet, winner of the New Eden Chapbook award for her collection Relentless Light and is published in The Southern Review, Smartish Pace, and Georgetown Review among other journals. She lives in Washington State.



06/03/2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

With the Latah County Historical Society, BookPeople is pleased to host Spokane-based teacher and naturalist Jack Nisbet on Wednesday, June 3 at 7:00pm. Jack will read from his latest book, Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest. Refreshments will be provided, beer and wine available for purchase. All are welcome.

Jack Nisbet is the author of several books that explore the human and natural history of the Intermountain West, including Sources of the River, Visible Bones, and The Collector, a biography of David Douglas that was named a 2010 Book of the Year by the PNW Booksellers Association. His recent collection of essays about Douglas, titled A Naturalist at Work, serves as the catalog for a museum exhibit that will be on display at the Washington County Museum in Hillsboro Oregon through August 2015. The stories in Nisbet’s latest book, Ancient Places, investigate some of the people and phenomena that shaped the landscape of our region. For more information visit


06/07/2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Our Kid and Teen Advisory Board members will meet today to talk about the books they've been reading over the last month. The Kid Advisory group meets at 1:30pm; Teen Advisory group members will meet at 2:30pm. 

06/10/2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

More details to come!

06/19/2015 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Let the wild, pajama-clad rumpus begin, this June 19th at BookPeople! We are so excited to have you join us and Miss Deborah the Story Time Lady our new, monthly StoryTime series! Everyone come in your coziest jammies for stories, popcorn, songs and so much fun. Great for a wide range of ages and each month there will be a different "celebrity" reader who will, of course, be in their pajamas! Friday, June 19th at 6:30pm.

For this first in our new PJ Story Time series, Simba of the beloved Moscow band Simba and the Exceptional Africans will be our celebrity guest reader. He has also promised to sing a few songs with us. Can't wait to see you there!

Join Simba Tirima, our celebrity guest reader, with Miss Deborah and the rest of the BookPeople staff on Friday, June 19th for PJ Story Time!



06/26/2015 - 2:00pm

Join us for an afternoon reading and booksigning by visiting author Laura Pritchett. Laura will read from her newly released novel, Red Lightning. Light refreshments will be provided.

Laura Pritchett is the author of the novel Red Lightning and  Stars Go Blue. Her previous novels include Hell’s Bottom, Colorado, which received the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and a PEN USA Award for Fiction, and Sky Bridge, for which she received the WILLA Fiction Award and which was a Finalist for the International Dublin Literary Award. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines including O Magazine, The Sun, Orion, High Country News, Salon, and others. She lives in northern Colorado.

Red Lightning broaches the most timely issues essential to the West—immigration, rural poverty, wildfires, and what it means to belong—and renders them in a page-turning plot starring Tess Cross, the novel’s haunting female lead. Ten years ago, Tess left her newborn daughter with her sister and hightailed it out of what she called NoWhere, Colorado. Now she returns to the eastern plains of Colorado, full of raw rage at herself and the universe, yearning for the life she never had and the daughter she left behind. As a levantona who has been running drugs and illegal immigrants beyond the US-Mexico border, she’s knowingly and even defiantly entered a harsh and dangerous world that suddenly becomes darker than even she can bear: the largest wildfire in Colorado is blazing. Immigrants are dead. She’s haunted by the memory of a Mexican woman she couldn’t save and a lost Mexican girl she did. Traffickers—of both immigrants and drugs—are trying to hunt her down. But most of all, Tess is at the mercy of her own traumatized soul, as the act of coming home forces her to face her dying mother, her sister, her daughter, and—most importantly—herself.
Crackling with suspense and gritty wisdom, award-winning author Laura Pritchett once again writes with her trademark lyricism and grace that won her praise for Stars Go Blue, Hell’s Bottom, Colorado (winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and the PEN USA Award for Fiction), and Sky Bridge (winner of the WILLA Award and featuring characters found in her new novel). A powerful coming-of-age story of hard-earned transformation and redemption, Red Lightning solidifies Pritchett’s place as one of the defining voices of the West.