Emma Hox, “Longbourn’s Unexpected Matchmaker” 1 and 6 p.m. Friday; Hastings Books Music and Video, 315 Ninth St.; free 663-7881
Local author Hox signs her new novel for a pair of two-hour sessions at Hastings. A fan of Jane Austen novels, Hox pays tribute to her favorite book, “Pride and Prejudice” with “Longbourn’s Unexpected Matchmaker.” Her book puts the characters from “Pride and Prejudice” into a new story that fills in blanks left by Austen.
Heidi Jo Lopez and Eloise “Rusti” Farnworth, authors 11 a.m. Saturday; Encouraging Words, 529 S. Wenatchee Ave.; free 664-3250
Lopez, of Chelan, signs copies of her Christian historic novels while Farnworth, of Wenatchee, inscribes her nonfiction work “Memoirs from the Glass House.” The two faith-based authors remain on hand until 1 p.m.
First Friday reception 5 p.m. Friday; Two Rivers Gallery, 102 N. Columbia St.; free 888-0596
Attend the First Friday opening for Two Rivers’ “Handmade for the Holidays” gift sale. The exhibit features handmade work by local artists for the gift-giving season. Enjoy refreshments and sign up for art classes while you peruse the creations.
WVC ceramics show and sale 3 p.m. Wednesday; Wells Hall, Wenatchee Valley College, 1300 Fifth St.; free 682-6800
WVC ceramic art students hold their end-of-quarter exhibit, offering up work completed this quarter. Visit their display in Room 1072 of Wells Hall, just off Ninth Street behind the WVC Campus Theatre. The show and sale runs until 5 p.m.
John Kruse, “Great Places Washington” 1 p.m. Saturday; Hastings Books Music and Video, 315 Ninth St.; free 663-7881
Kruse, a member of the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association and host of the “Northwestern Outdoors” radio show, appears at Hastings to sign copies of his latest book. Subtitled “A Recreational Guide to Washington’s Public Lands and Historic Places for Birding, Hiking, Photography, Fishing, Hunting, and Camping,” the book was published by Wilderness Adventures Press.