04/23/2015 - 7:30pm

Join us to celebrate the publication of Alexandra Teague's new collection of poetry, The Wise and Foolish Builders. Alexandra will read from the book and sign copies. Refeshments will be provided, and beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Alexandra Teague is the author of Mortal Geography (Persea 2010), winner of the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and 2010 California Book Award Gold Medal in Poetry, and The Wise and Foolish Builders (Persea, April 2015). The recipient of a Stegner Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the 2014 Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, she has been published in journals including The Threepenny Review, The Southern Review, and The New England Review. She is Assistant Professor of Poetry at University of Idaho, an editor for Broadsided Press, and a founding member of the BASK interdisciplinary arts collective.

The Wise and Foolish Builders is an exploration of American progress and its harrowing consequences, featuring rifle heiress Sarah Winchester and her unsettling Mystery House, with cameos by Harry Houdini, Annie Oakley, Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill and many other fascinating figures. Equal parts history and imagination, these poems commune with Winchester’s haunted legacy and that of westward expansion, connecting voices from a troubled past with their irrepressible present-day echoes. 

04/24/2015 - 10:00am

Celebrate the Earth on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Book people of Moscow from 10am to 12pm with local author Rani Iyer and friends. Rani Iyer will share her books that describe the beauty of the Earth and also about how it is in danger of being lost forever. Activities include making paper crafts, coloring sheets, story time with Dr. Mari Stair, and live music by Andrea Mandal. The event is free and all are welcome!  All activities are suitable for ages 5 and up.

Rani Iyer is the author of nine nonfiction books and many magazine articles. She writes about science, nature, culture, human-nature interactions, and natural ecosystems. Rani Iyer has visited and worked in many temperate and tropical forest systems in Asia and North America. Her favorite place on Earth is to be among the old growth mixed temperate evergreen rainforests at the Olympic Peninsula. Her experiences as a tropical field biologist, scientist, instructor, laboratory assistant, and as an administrator inspire her to write. She enjoys writing for younger learners and loves to learn new things everyday.


04/25/2015 - 2:00pm

We are thrilled to have Bruce Pavitt, founder of Sub Pop Records and author of the book, Sub Pop USA: The Subterraneanan Pop Music Anthology, 1980–1988 returning to Book People. He will be joined in conversation the influential musician and contributor to Sub Pop, Calvin Johnson. Mark Baumgarten, Editor-in-Chief at Seattle Weekly will be moderate this lively conversation between two Northwest music legends.



04/30/2015 - 7:00pm

Celebrate the publication of Moscow local Devin Becker's first and award-winning poetry collection, Shame/Shame. Devin will read from his work and sign copies. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, with beer and wine available for purchase. Reading begins at 7pm.

Devin Becker was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He currently lives in Moscow, Idaho, with his wife Kristin, his new daughter Agnes, and their dog Rufus. He works as the digital initiatives librarian at the University of Idaho Library, maintaining and designing the library’s digital collections and website. His work has been published in American Archivist, Cutbank, Faultline, Microform and Digitization Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals. More at:


05/02/2015 - 9:30am to 8:00pm

Join BookPeople of Moscow and independent bookstores across the country for parties, author readings, in-store events, and exclusive day-of merchandise in celebration of the First Annual Independent Bookstore Day.   

Events include a visit by everyone’s favorite primate, Curious George, a reading and book signing by Michael Kostroff of acclaimed television show The Wire, and beer tasting with Moscow Brewing Company. 

We’ll also have a number of exclusive, limited edition books and art pieces created especially for IBD 2015, available only at participating IBD bookstores, and only on May 2. Items include a signed chapbook of original essays by the bestselling author of Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay; a Margaret Atwood stencil, a literary map of the seas; a color broadside from Stephen King’s forthcoming novel Finders Keepers; "sweet and salty" literary tea towels featuring quotes from Sherman Alexie, Nora Ephron, and Lemony Snicket, and much more!

Get here early, we’ll have coffee and donuts for our first 12 customers in the door, courtesy of One World Cafe and Buy the Dozen. Throughout the day, we’ll have special discounts on most items (excludes select new books, used books and consignment items)! 

We couldn’t celebrate the important place and success of independent bookstores without faithful customers like you, so come by and join the party. Let’s celebrate together!


Schedule of Events:

9:30am - Donuts and coffee for the first 12 customers in the door!

10:00 - 12:00 - Curious George Goes to a Bookstore! Join us for this special storytime with Curious George himself! Give George a hug or a handshake and see our selection of books featuring this favorite of children's book characters.

11:00 - 1:00 - Special drawing or facepainting by talented members of the Moscow High School Art Collective. Suggested donation with all proceeds going to support the Art Collective

2:00pm - Michael Kostroff will be here to read from Letters from Backstage, his light-hearted and entertaining behind-the-scenes look at a stage actor's life on the road.

5:00pm - Beer tasting with Moscow Brewing Company.


05/02/2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

We're pleased to host actor and author Michael Kostroff on Saturday, May 2 at 2pm. Michael will read from, discuss, and sign copies of his book, Letters from Backstage: The Adventures of a Touring Stage Actor. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Michael Kostroff is an accomplished professional actor, best known for his five seasons on HBO’s highly acclaimed hit, The Wire. His most recent TV appearances have included roles on Louie, The Good Wife, Blacklist, Elementary, Deadbeat, Law & Order: SVU, and HBO’s upcoming miniseries, Show Me a Hero. On stage, he’s appeared in national tours of The Producers and Les Miserables, as well as in productions at some of the country’s most highly respected regional theatres. As a writer, Michael has written everything from magazine articles to theatre reviews to live shows for Disneyland. Michael is the husband of Moscow’s own Jenny Kostroff, who runs the 1912 Center for Heart of the Arts, Inc.

Letters from Backstage, is a funny, behind-the-scenes chronicle of his time on the road with two Broadway tours in which he shares the fun, joy and madness of a life lived in hotels, airports and theatres, and  the uniqueness of each stop along the way.


05/04/2015 - 9:30am to 05/10/2015 - 6:30pm

Stay tuned for our special week of story time events in celebration of Children's Book Week!

Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of children’s books and reading. Established in 1919, it is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. The program is administered by Every Child a Reader (ECAR) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) is the anchor sponsor. To find out more about the initiative, its history, and events nationwide, go to


05/05/2015 - 7:00pm

Join us for a reading and booksigning by Sharma Shields, author of The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac, on Tuesday, May 5 at 7pm. Light refreshments will be provided, with beer and wine available for purchase.

Sharma Shields received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Washington (2000) and her MFA from the University of Montana (2004). She is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster (Autumn House Press 2012), and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac (Henry Holt 2015). Sharma’s writing has appeared in Electric Lit, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Fugue, and elsewhere and has garnered such awards as the Autumn House Fiction Prize, the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a Grant for Artist Projects from Artist Trust, and the A.B. Guthrie Award for Outstanding Prose. Sharma has worked in independent bookstores and public libraries throughout Washington State and now lives in Spokane with her husband and two young children. She is a newly appointed board member for the Friends of the Spokane County Library District.

The Sasquatch Hunter's Alamanc is described as a dark, fantastical, multi-generational tale about a family whose patriarch is consumed by the hunt for the mythical, elusive sasquatch he encountered in his youth. Eli Roebuck was nine years old when his mother walked off into the woods with "Mr. Krantz," a large, strange, hairy man who may or may not be a sasquatch. What Eli knows for certain is that his mother went willingly, leaving her only son behind. For the rest of his life, Eli is obsessed with the hunt for the bizarre creature his mother chose over him, and we watch it affect every relationship he has in his long life--with his father, with both of his wives, his children, grandchildren, and colleagues. We follow all of the Roebuck family members, witnessing through each of them the painful, isolating effects of Eli's maniacal hunt, and find that each Roebuck is battling a monster of his or her own, sometimes literally. The magical world Shields has created is one of unicorns and lake monsters, ghosts and reincarnations, tricksters and hexes. At times charming, as when young Eli meets the eccentric, extraordinary Mr. Krantz, and downright horrifying at others, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac is boldly imaginative throughout, and proves to be a devastatingly real portrait of the demons that we as human beings all face.


05/07/2015 - 5:00pm

BookPeople is proud to host the work of Moscow High School artists beginning in May and going through June. Join us for a reception on May 7 Moscow First Thursday. More details to come!

05/09/2015 - 1:00pm

The Idaho Public Television Kids! PBS Writers Contest Awards ceremony will take place at BookPeople! Come down Saturday, May 9 at 1pm to celebrate Moscow's young writers.

For more information about the writing contest or Idaho Public Television Kids! go to