José Angel Araguz, Laura Read, Sam Roxas-Chua and Nance Van Winckel will read both new work and material from published collections.
In week 3 of Summer Stories: The Road Trip, Washington Book Award winner Bruce Holbert takes a drive with a man and his dogs.
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.
Hone up on your knowledge of the Spokane River with this primer, released just in time for Wednesday’s Northwest Passages Book Club gathering featuring “The Spokane River” editor Paul Lindholdt and anthology contributors.
In week 2 of the 2018 edition of Summer Stories: The Road Trip, novelist Stephanie Oakes hits the road with an unusual father and son.
In Week 1 of The Spokesman-Review’s Summer Stories series, award-winning author and newspaper columnist tells the the story of one man’s attempt to get out from under.
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.”
Harlan Ellison, the pugnacious author of “A Boy and His Dog,” who lambasted society in nightmare fiction and stinging essays for half a century, has died. He was 85.
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.
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.
Neal Thompson, the June guest of the Northwest Passages Book Club, is the author of “Kickflip Boys: A Memoir of Freedom, Rebellion and the Chaos of Fatherhood,” which was published in May.
“Kickflip Boys” author Neal Thompson shares his stories in Spokane on June 13
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.
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.
Jeremy TeGrotenhuis recently returned from Hollywood, where he was honored at the 34th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards for Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests in Science Fiction and Fantasy.
In addition to “Kickflip Boys,” Thompson is the author “A Curious Man” and “Driving with the Devil.” He lives in Seattle with his family.
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.
Tara Westover grew up in a survivalist family on an Idaho mountain. She watched the school bus roll past, but never joined the local kids at school. She never saw a doctor. She didn’t have a birth certificate to pinpoint her birthday.
“Skyjack” soars with a powerful plot, realistic characters and action that is, at times, over the top but always believable.
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.