03/23/2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

BOA poets Geffrey Davis, Keetje Kuipers, and Erika Meitner will read from their new collections. Davis is celebrating the publication of his second book, the James Laughlin Award-winning Night Angler. Kuipers will debut her third collection, All Its Charms, which contains poems that were chosen for inclusion in both The Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. And Meitner will present her fifth, Holy Moly Carry Me, which recently won the National Jewish Book Award. All three collections find the poets at the place where family, identity, and country intersect. How do we make a family—and reinvent what family can be—while living in a land we love but that we’re not sure loves us back? These three poets take on the task of answering with poems that plumb the depths of compassion, grace, and a fiercely won sense of joy.

Keetje Kuipers is the author of All Its Charms (BOA, 2019), The Keys to the Jail (BOA, 2014), and Beautiful in the Mouth (BOA, 2010). Her poems have appeared in Narrative, Tin House, Orion, and The Believer, as well as The Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. She has been a Wallace Stegner fellow, Bread Loaf fellow, and the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Resident. Kuipers is Senior Editor at Poetry Northwest.

Erika Meitner is the author of five books of poems, including Ideal Cities (Harper Perennial, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner, Copia (BOA Editions, 2014), and Holy Moly Carry Me (BOA Editions, 2018). Her poems have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Tin House, The New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, Oxford American, Best American Poetry, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. In 2015, she was the US-UK Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast, and she has also received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Blue Mountain Center, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. She is currently an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she directs the MFA and undergraduate programs in Creative Writing. 

Geffrey Davis is the author of Night Angler (BOA, 2019), winner of the James Laughlin Award, and Revising the Storm (BOA Editions 2014), winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Finalist. His honors include the Anne Halley Poetry Prize, the Dogwood Prize in Poetry, the Wabash Prize for Poetry, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Cave Canem, and the Vermont Studio Center. His poems have been published in Crazyhorse, The Massachusetts Review, New England Review, New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, PBS NewsHour, and elsewhere. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Davis teaches for the University of Arkansas MFA in Creative Writing & Translation and The Rainier Writing Workshop low-res MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University. He also serves as the poetry editor of Iron Horse Literary Review.


03/25/2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Otherness.  The very idea invokes everything from fascination, to suspicion, to abject terror.  But who is “the other?” A hero, come to save us? A villain, bent on destroying us? A mirror, meant to show us the best and worst of ourselves?

This short story anthology contains science fiction, fantasy,  and contemporary fiction from some of the inland northwest’s finest writers, both emerging and established. Through compelling prose and inventive storytelling, it explores the  concept of otherness, and our very human responses to those things that lie just beyond our understanding. 

A sheriff investigates murder on an alien planet. A Catholic priest is almost killed by a falling angel.  A half-fae teenager dates a faun against her parents’ wishes. A soldier is assigned to save the world — by killing a defenseless boy.  Vivid characters wind through tales that range from delightfully off-beat to gritty and poignant. In a myriad of ways, we are challenged to face our humanity, examine our preconceptions, and redefine what it means to belong.

Contributing authors:
James C. Glass
Terri Picone
William Engels
Bianca Wemhoff
Antonia Overstreet
Sonya Bramwell
Guy Worthey
C. M. Daniels
Mark Rounds
Leona Ahles
Jay Dearien
Zoe Lavander


03/26/2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Janet Richards will read from her work and share her experience of writing and publishing two memoirs in her sixth decade of life.

Janet Richards began writing as a Town Crier for the Moscow Pullman Daily News late in life. She is the author of Crossing the River Sorrow, One Nurse's Story (Westbow 2013), excerpts of which were published in the American Journal of Nursing and an anthology entitled Reflections on Nursing. Her second book, Only A Shadow (Westbow 2018), received The Indy Human Relations Compassion Book of the Year Award. Janet lives in Moscow where she is a volunteer for St. Vincent de Paul and a member of Palouse Women Artists.


04/04/2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Please join us for the release of the new anthology, Native Voices: Indigenous American Poetry, Craft, and Conversations.  Readings of poems and conversations by the co-editor, CMarie Fuhrman as well as local writers, UI Faculty, and Indigenous Community members.

In this groundbreaking anthology of Indigenous poetry and prose, Native poems, stories, and essays are informed with a knowledge of both what has been lost and what is being restored. It presents a diverse collection of stories told by Indigenous writers about themselves, their histories, and their present. It is a celebration of culture and the possibilities of language, in conversation with those poets and storytellers who have paved the way. A truly synergetic collection of contemporary and early Native voices.

CMarie Fuhrman’s poetry and nonfiction has appeared in multiple journals including Yellow Medicine Review, Cutthroat a Journal of the Arts, Whitefish Review, Broadsided Press' NoDapl Compilation, High Desert Journal, Sustainable Play, Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, as well as several anthologies. She has served as guest editor for several publications and is Poetry Review Editor for Transmotion Journal.  CMarie is the 2019 recipient of the Grace Paley Fellowship at Under the Volcano in Tepotzlán, Mexico.  She is a 2019 graduate of the University of Idaho's MFA program where she is the Project Coordinator for Indigenous Knowledge for Effective Education Program (IKEEP).  CMarie resides with her partner, Caleb, and dogs, Carhartt and Cisco, in West Central Idaho.


04/12/2019 - 5:00pm

Dr Myisha Cherry will visit Book People to discuss her book "UnMuted".  Based on her popular podcast, Dr Cherry's book includes interviews with a diverse and vibrant group of philosophers.  Interviews tackle some of the most pressing issues of our day, including social protests, Black Lives Matter, climate change, education, integration, LGBTQ issues, and the #MeToo movement


05/02/2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Are you interested in finding a book club to join or starting a book club yourself and want to meet like-minded folks? Join us at BookPeople on Thursday, May 2, for our first-ever Book Club Meet-Up and Social Hour, from 5 to 6pm!


05/15/2019 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award Pete Fromm reads from his big-hearted new novel, A JOB YOU MOSTLY WON'T KNOW HOW TO DO, a love story about family and resiliency and second chances. 

For young couple Taz and Marnie, their fixer-upper is the symbol of their new life together: a work in progress, the beginning of something grand, all the more so when they learn a baby is on her way. But the blueprint for the perfect life eludes Taz when Marnie dies in childbirth, plummeting the taciturn carpenter headfirst into the new, strange world of fatherhood alone, a landscape of contradictions, of great joy and sorrow. With a supporting cast as rich and compelling as the wild Montana landscape, the novel follows Taz’s first two years as a father—a job no one can be fully prepared for.

With more than eleven books in over twenty years, Pete Fromm has become one of the West’s best literary legends. A Job You Mostly Won’t Know How To Do beautifully captures people who end up building a life that is both unexpected and brave.

Pete Fromm is a record setting five time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award for his novels IF NOT FOR THIS, AS COOL AS I AM and HOW ALL THIS STARTED, a story collection, DRY RAIN, and the memoir, INDIAN CREEK CHRONICLES. Another memoir, THE NAMES OF THE STARS, A LIFE IN THE WILDS, was published in the fall of 2016. His work is widely translated in Europe, and has also been made into films; AS COOL AS I AM, a feature film starring Claire Danes, James Marsden, and Sarah Bolger, and DRY RAIN a short film starring James LeGros and Nathan Gamble His next novel, A JOB YOU MOSTLY WON'T KNOW HOW TO DO will be published in May, 2019. Pete is the author of four other short story collections and has published over two hundred stories in magazines. He is on the faculty of Pacific University’s low-residency MFA writing program, and speaks regularly at writer’s conferences around the country and in Europe. He lives in Montana.


06/21/2019 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm

Our Artwalk artists this year will be BookPeople of Moscow staff member Janet Rhodes and her husband, Kevin.

We are not hosting any other artists in 2019 for Artwalk. Thank you!