The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley:
a.p.e.: Spring Story Slam — Ko Festival of Performance presents an evening of true first-person stories Saturday, 7:30 p.m., 126 Main St., Northampton. Theme: “Fish Out of Water.” Some slots reserved for last-minute sign-ups. $15. 427-6147 for information or if interested in being pre-slotted as a storyteller.
BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Jack Christian, author of “Family System,” winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry for 2012, and Howard Faerstein, author of “Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn,” read from their work Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, 247 Main St., Northampton. 586-4235
THE ELEVENS: Writers Night Out — Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors a monthly evening of readings Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., 140 Pleasant St., Northampton. Kathy Dunn, 221-4652
FOOD FOR THOUGHT BOOKS: Lesléa Newman reads from “October Morning,” her new novel in verse about the murder of Matthew Shepard, Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, 106 North Pleasant St., Amherst. Discussion follows. 253-5432
MEEKINS LIBRARY: Roger King discusses his autobiographical novel, “Love and Fatigue in America,” Saturday, noon, at the library in Williamsburg. 268-7472
MOCHA MAYA’S COFFEE HOUSE: Poets James Arthur and Maya Janson read from their work Thursday, 7 p.m., at the coffee house, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Part of the Collected Poets Series. $2-$5 suggested donation. 625-6292
MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE: Shannon LaNier and Jane Feldman, co-authors of “Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family,” read next Friday, 7 p.m., Gamble Auditorium, at the college in South Hadley.
NORTHAMPTON SENIOR CENTER: Sasha Berman reads from her poetry collection, “Crone in Millennium’s Unfolding,” next Friday, 10 a.m., at the center, 67 Conz St., Northampton. 587-1228.
ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Christa Parravani reads from her memoir, “Her,” Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, located in the Village Commons, 9 College St., South Hadley. 534-7307
∎ Kavita Datla, author of “Language of Secular Islam,” reads Thursday, 7 p.m.
PELHAM LIBRARY: Karen Ribeiro reads from her memoir, “Thirsty: Journaling to Survive, Thrive and Feel Alive,” Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the library, 2 South Valley Road, Pelham. 253-0657
SMITH COLLEGE: Bilingual reading of poems by the late Chilean poet Gabriela Mistra Wednesday, noon, Smith College Poetry Center, Wright Hall, at the college in Northampton. Audio recording of Mistral, 1945 Nobel Prize winner in literature, translated to English by Smith College students.
∎ Pat Schneider, author or “How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice,” will read at a book launch party next Friday, 7-10 p.m., Smith College Conference Center, 51 College Lane, Northampton. Music, light fare. email@example.com
S. WHITE DICKINSON LIBRARY: Saloma Miller Furlong, author of “Why I Left the Amish,” reads Tuesday, 6 p.m., at the library in Whately. 665-2170
UNITARIAN SOCIETY: Book launch and reading by Laura Ryan Fedelia, author of “The Box,” Saturday, 1 p.m., Unitarian Society, 220 Main St., Northampton. Door prizes, refreshments. 562-3990
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS: Kenneth Warren of the University of Chicago presents “Reflections on Politics and African-American Literature” Thursday, 4 p.m., UMass Campus Center 904-08, Amherst.