Jamie Ford, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” 7 p.m. Wednesday; Wenatchee Public Library, 310 Douglas St.; free 548-1451
Seattle native Ford arrives in Wenatchee to share his 2009 novel, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.” In the book, main character Henry buys a hotel in Seattle that holds belongings left behind by Japanese families taken away to internment camps during World War II. He searches the artifacts for an item tied to his childhood friendship with a young girl there. The book was selected for the IndieBound NEXT list and as the American Booksellers Association No. 1 Book Club Pick. Ford, who now lives in Montana, has participated in the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp.
First Friday Reception 5 p.m. Oct. 1; Two Rivers Gallery, 102 N. Columbia St.; free; 2riversgallery.com 888-9504
Two Rivers opens its latest exhibit to the public, featuring paintings by Les Garcia. He has worked for Warner Brothers, illustrating Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and more, but now creates modern expressionist paintings. The reception includes refreshments, wine and live music by Thistletown. Garcia’s work remains on display through Oct. 31.
Jon Turk, “The Raven’s Gift” 7 p.m. Friday; Leavenworth Library, 700 Highway 2; free 548-1451
Scientist and kayaker Turk discusses his book, “A Raven’s Gift: A Scientist, a Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey Through the Siberian Wilderness,” at the Library. The autobiographical story details Turk’s time spent with an elderly shaman in a remote Siberian village and the things he learned while there. An author of 25 environmental and earth science text books, Turk is the national spokesman for Necky Kayaks, which in turn sponsors his expeditions.
Book Buzz 2 p.m. Saturday; A Book for All Seasons, 703 Highway 2; free 548-1451
Three authors pay a visit to A Book for All Seasons to sign their books and speak to the public. Meet adventurer Jon Turk, dietician Beverly Pressey and young adult book author Amber Kizer. Guests at the Book Buzz can enter a drawing to win prizes during the event.
Twisp Art Walk 4 p.m. Saturday; various locations in Twisp; free 997-7529
Venues throughout Twisp participate in the latest art walk, featuring art displays, books, entertainment and more. See artwork up at The Studio, Confluence Gallery, Door No. 3, Cinnamon Twisp, Methow Valley Inn, Peligro, the Twisp River Pub and the Sun Country Building. The Merc Playhouse holds an “Open Merc!” session throughout the afternoon and evening, and the Druthers take the stage at the Twisp River Pub at 8:30 p.m. Methow Arts introduces at Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest at 1:30 p.m. for display during the art walk.