Posts tagged: Literature
Some big literary names have been booked into Eastern Washington University's Get Lit! Festival April 11-15:
This impressive lineup makes the Festival Pass look like an excellent option at $45. You can get them via Ticketswest outlets beginning Nov. 4. Individual tickets won't go on sale until Jan. 2.
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 radio's “This American Life.”
Vowell talk will be in SCC's Lair-Student Center Auditorium, Bldg. 6, 1810 N. Greene St.
Vowell will also do a casual Q-and-A on Nov. 8, 9:30 a.m., in the Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities at SCC.
Both events are free and open to the public
Josh Ritter is a first-time novelist with a well-known name.
Ritter is the singer-songwriter, originally from
So now Ritter the wordsmith has turned his hand to a new craft with his debut novel, “Bright’s Passage” (Dial Press, $22). It’s the story of a young man returning home after World War I. The story includes an angels and a talking horse. Actually, horse and angel are one and the same.
The novel was just released on Tuesday and is already getting praise from some well-known literary names. Dennis Lehane calls it “heartbreaking and luminous.”
Critic Carolyn Kellogg of the L.A. Times calls it “intensensly beautiful, tragic and also funny.”
She writes that Ritter said the idea first started out as a song, but it “wanted to be more.”
“He knows how to build a rich, beautiful story with shape,” writes Kellogg.
Here's a link to the LA Times review.
And here's a link to a short interview he did for the Washington Post. Looks like our region might have a new homegrown literary star.
Just got back from Auntie's Bookstore where I purchased my summer reading project: The unabridged “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo.
Since the musical adaptation is my favorite musical of all time, I figured it's about time for me to immerse myself in the genuine source material.
Fun facts: The paperback I bought is 1,463 pages long. The electronic version on my iPhone is over 6,727 “pages”.
Here's hoping I can make it to “page” 6,727.
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 downtown Spokane's Irish and/or literary minded pubs, including Cyrus O'Learys, ODoherty's, the Blue Spark, the Satellite and the Onion.
You'll have discounted libations at every stop, along with music and literary readings. At The Onion, you'll also have a full Irish dinner — salmon crusted with oatmeal, etc.
Registration should have been made in advance, but maybe if you're lucky there will still be a few spots left. Call Kerry Lynch at (509) 990-7513 for info. This is sponsored by the Spokane-Limerick Sister City Society,
Here are two new books about a crucial and controversial issue in our region:
I just finished writing a story about Hal Holbrook — it will appear in the paper March 10 in advance of his March 12 appearance here in “Mark Twain Tonight!” — when I realized something surprising. Holbrook has never received a Kennedy Center Honor or a National Arts Medal.
Few actors have, of course; these are very selective honors. Yet it seems to me that Holbrook has a particularly strong claim for consideration:
I say he belongs in the same company as other Kennedy Center recipients, such as Jack Lemmon, Charlton Heston and Robert Redford, and other National Arts Medal winners, such as Robert Duvall and Angela Lansbury.
Let's mount a Hal Holbrook appreciation campaign. Is anyone with me on this?