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‘Stellaluna’ creator celebrates 25th anniversary with exhibit

Generations of toddlers have grown up reading “Stellaluna,” the beautifully illustrated tale of the little lost bat raised by birds. But very few readers know the story behind the picture book or its nature-loving creator, Janell Cannon of Carlsbad.

Northwest Passages Book Club: ‘The Spokane River’ tells the story of a city’s lifeblood

A river defines a city like nothing else. Think of London and the Thames, Paris and the Seine, New York and the Hudson. Spokane, of course, has the Spokane River, which is getting its due in the form of a biography of sorts, titled, appropriately enough, “The Spokane River.” The compendium of 28 essays and other literary contributions tells the story of the waterway from its geologic origins in the Ice Age to contemporary efforts to rehabilitate the river. The book is the brainchild of Paul Lindholdt, a professor at Eastern Washington University who said he has been inspired by the river since moving to the region in the 1990s and now enjoys kayaking on it. “Everybody’s loved the river – they’ve grown to appreciate and revere it,” he said. “This book was long overdue.”

American Life in Poetry: ‘Strict Diet’

James Crews, who lives in Vermont, was for two years our assistant at American Life in Poetry. A fine poet in his own right, he has just published a new book, “Telling My Father,” the winner of the 2017 Cowles Poetry Prize from Southeast Missouri State University Press.

Oprah Winfrey picks prison memoir for her book club

Anthony Ray Hinton’s memoir, “The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row,” is Oprah Winfrey’s latest book club pick, a dream for virtually any writer and beyond the imagination for a man who was once confined to a 5-by-7-foot cell for nearly 30 years.

American Life in Poetry: ‘In Spring’ by Rose King

I’m writing this column in the earliest days of another spring, and here’s a fine spring poem from Rose King’s book “Time and Peonies,” from Hummingbird Press. The poet lives in California.

Everything is Copy: On sabbatical

Teaching is only part of the job. I am expected to be a good citizen of the university and to help keep it running, hand in hand with full-time administrators.

What’s cooking in Spokane

Adriana Janovich, food editor at The Spokesman-Review, caught up with five top chefs and food authors at the May 12 Dorothy Dean Cooking Show at the Spokane Convention Center.

Adventure mystery ‘Skyjack’ soars

“Skyjack” soars with a powerful plot, realistic characters and action that is, at times, over the top but always believable.

American Life in Poetry: ‘Good News’ by Steve Langan

Some of the mannerisms of poetry that can get in the way of an everyday reader’s enjoyment are elevated diction, obscure references, and a vocabulary that requires a trip to the dictionary. Here’s a good example of a conversational poem that doesn’t require anything other than what it carries with it. Steve Langan lives in Omaha, Nebraska, and this is from his book “What It Looks Like, How It Flies,” from Gibraltar Editions.