Victor R. Phillips, “Basic Rules: Short Words to Live By” 1 p.m. Saturday; Hastings Books Music and Video, 315 Ninth St.; free 663-7881
Phillips signs copies of his motivational collection at Hastings on Saturday. The book includes short phrases and statements as a sometimes serious, sometimes lighthearted, guide to truth and wisdom.
“The Art Faculty” exhibit Reception 5 p.m. Feb. 5; Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 127 S. Mission St.; free; wvmcc.org 888-6240
North Central Washington art instructors showcase artwork of various media at the museum’s new exhibit. The display opens Jan. 29 and continues through Feb. 27. A reception takes place as part of Wenatchee’s First Friday art walk, and includes refreshments and meetings with some of the artists. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; admission is $5 adults, $4 students and seniors, $2 kids 6-12 and free for kids under 6.
Featured artists: Ruth Allan, Scott Bailey, Christopher Banks, Yonnah Ben Levy, Chaim Bezalel, Cordelia Bradburn, Ann Brodt, Jon Browder, Dan Brown, Lynn Brown, Molly Brown, Prisha Brown, Richard Caemmerer, Reed Carlson, Castilia Cava, Laurie Clark, Don Collins, Jan Cook Mack, Eleanor Culling, Mike Curry, Vicki DeRooy, Teara Dillon, Lance Dooley, Claudia Elliott, Mickie Files, Martha Flores, Amanda Gibbs, Rusty Gibbs, Kristen Gilje, Sarah Jane Gray, Suzanne Halvorson, David Hampton, Marnie Harris, Ginger Hendrickson, Joseph Hester, Vernon Jones, Matthew Kimmel, Lida Lind, Diana Leonard, Mike McClun, Dan McConnell, Bryan S. Miller, Cyndi Noyd, Al Piecka, Lila Putnam, Lisa Robinson, Majka Sadel, Ruth Sinclair, Brad Skiff, Susan Smoots, Erica Swanson, Tina Tharp, Phil Thomas, Jeff Tift, Jean Tudor, Ryan Tuss, Terry Valdez, Ken Vander Stoep, Sue Walker, Robert Walton, Mark Wavra, Debbie Wegeleben, Kristin Whitmire, Jeanne Whitney
Jack Nisbet, “The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest” Presentation 7 p.m. Jan. 29; Leavenworth Library, 700 Highway 2; free; Signing 1 p.m. Jan. 30; A Book for All Seasons, 703 Highway 2; free 548-1451
Spokane author Nisbet discusses and signs his latest historical biography in Leavenworth. Born in Scotland in 1799, botanical explorer David Douglas discovered hundreds of plants in the western United States, specifically the Pacific Northwest, including what’s now known as the Douglas fir tree.
Kay Kenyon and Matthew Flaming, authors Matthew Flaming presentation 7 p.m. Feb. 5; Leavenworth Library, 700 Highway 2; free; Signing 1 p.m. Feb. 6; A Book for All Seasons, 703 Highway 2; free 548-1451
Debut author Flaming discusses his first novel, “The Kingdom of Ohio,” at a solo presentation Feb. 5. The next day, the Portland, Ore., steampunk writer is joined by Wenatchee science fiction veteran Kenyon at a bookstore signing. Kenyon’s latest and 10th novel “Prince of Storms” closes out her fantasy series, “The Entire and the Rose.”
Bill Hottell, Cuba slide show 7 p.m. today; Confluence Gallery and Art Center, 104 Glover St.; free 997-2787
Local historian and world traveler Bill Hottell presents a slide show of his December trip to Cuba, largely off-limits to Americans for the past 50 years. He explains how the importation of slaves from West Africa, particularly Nigeria, influences the culture of Cuba today. Hottell plans to lead another 12-day trip to Cuba in April.