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TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011

Orlean, Whitehead, Lowry booked for Get Lit!

Some big literary names have been booked into Eastern Washington University's Get Lit! Festival April 11-15: Susan Orlean, author of "The Orchid Thief" and the just-released "Rin Tin Tin: Life and Legend," the biography of the famous movie dog. The latter is poised to be...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 14, 2011

Sarah Vowell coming to SCC

Sarah Vowell, the well-known author and radio voice, will speak at Spokane Community College's Presidential Speaker Series, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. Vowell is the author of the bestselling books, "The Wordy Shipmates," "Assassination Vacation,' and "Unfamiliar Fishes." She was also a regular contributor to public...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011

A new Josh Ritter hit -- a novel

Josh Ritter is a first-time novelist with a well-known name. Ritter is the singer-songwriter, originally from Moscow, Idaho, who has a great national following for his well-crafted, literate songs. So now Ritter the wordsmith has turned his hand to a new craft with his debut...

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MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011

The real Bloomsday: Literary Pub Crawl

Thursday is the real Bloomsday (of the James Joyce variety), which means it's also the day of Spokane's annual Limerick Literary Pub Crawl and Traditional Irish Dinner. For $50, you can accompany a bagpiper, a bard or two and a band of like-minded revelers through...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011

Two important new Hanford books

Here are two new books about a crucial and controversial issue in our region: “Atomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West” (University of Washington Press, $24.95), by John M. Findlay and Bruce Hevly. The authors tell the complex and fascinating story of Hanford’s atomic...

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FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

Jack Black to star in film of Jess Walter novel 

Spokane novelist Jess Walter's latest book, "The Financial Lives of the Poets," has just been picked up as a Jack Black movie vehicle, re-titled "Bailout." The screenplay was also written by Walter, and the director will be Michael Winterbottom. Filming is scheduled to begin in...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

Navy SEAL to speak at Auntie's

Eric Greitens, the author of "The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL," will do a reading and signing at Auntie's Bookstore, 402 W. Main, on Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Greitens has been in the...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011

MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011

Michele Glazer to read her poetry at Whitworth

Here's another notable poetry reading to go along with the previous post, below. Nationally known poet Michele Glazer will read her work as part of the Third Annual Nadine Chapman Endowed Reading at Whitworth University on Friday, 7:30 p.m. Glazer is the winner of the...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011

Greg Mortenson packs 'em in 

Greg Mortenson, the author of "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones Into Schools" drew a crowd of at least 4,000 to Gonzaga University's McCarthey Athletic Center -- on a night when this basketball-obsessed college was playing an Elite Eight women's game right down the road....

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2011

Greg Mortenson on the military

I just finished interviewing Greg Mortenson, the co-author of "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones Into Schools." I have tremendous admiration for him and his work building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan and I have written an extensive story for Saturday's paper. But I didn't...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011

The Big Read is on a roll

Spokane’s Big Read is already getting rave reviews in its first week. Verne Windham of KPBX-FM wrote to tell me that he was amazed by the theater adaptation of “Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried.” He praised it for its “deep, thorough characterizations” and "consistent...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011

MONDAY, FEB. 28, 2011

Free books at Big Read kickoff

The kick-off event for Spokane's Big Read will take place at the Spokane City Hall Chambers on Friday (March 4) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. -- and organizers will be handing out free copies of "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien. This won't...

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Keillor reads a local poet 

Local poet Jonathan Potter had a national airing today. Garrison Keillor read Potter's poem "You and I" on "The Writer's Almanac" on NPR this morning. A few weeks ago, Potter sent Keillor his poetry volume, "House of Words," published by Korrektiv Press, expecting ... well,...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011

Rick Moody on the way to Gonzaga

Gonzaga University’s Visiting Writers Series hosts its biggest name of the year on Wednesday (March 2): Rick Moody. Moody is the author of the novels “Garden State,” “Purple America,” “The Diviners” and most recently, “The Four Fingers of Death.” He is perhaps best known for...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 10, 2011

A WWII radioman's 'tower' of power

Here’s a local development that illustrates the power of a book: On Dec. 22, the tower at Spokane International Airport was officially named the Ray Daves Air Traffic Control Tower. And it all came about because of the 2008 book “Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 29, 2011

Dubious mystery genres 

One thing about being the books editor – I have the privilege of sorting through a lot of review copies. And before I started doing this I was oblivious to a pervasive publishing trend – the mystery series tied to hobbies, pets, professions and other...

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