I’ve had my eye on Americans’ obsessions for more than 70 years and I can’t remember a time when public lying got as much attention as it does today. Attention yes, but consequences, no.
My motives are no different from those of my finger-wagging friends: They arise out of a desire to help. Or, perhaps more honestly, to give an opinion about the “right” way to do something.
Pam Houston will discuss her latest book, “Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country,” with the Northwest Passages Book Club on March 26.
Chris Crutcher is hoping his newest book, “Losers Bracket,” will be banned somewhere.
The event will also feature a panel of young leaders from Moscow High School.
Schools struggling to move past tragedy are right in Chris Crutcher’s wheelhouse: the places that combine his service as a therapist for traumatized kids and his career as an author of novels about the highs and lows of adolescence.
Chris Crutcher is one of the most important voices in the world of young adult literature, but Katherine Cramer didn’t know that in the early ’90s when she first checked out “Stotan!” from a middle school library.
Saslow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer from Portland, chronicles the story of former white nationalist Derek Black.
Shields and Mills prepare to bring new novels into the world in 2019, poets Caraway and Lindholdt release new collections, and visiting writers book events in Spokane.
Professor emeritus Marilyn Carpenter reviews “Losers Bracket” by Chris Crutcher, the headliner at the Northwest Passages Book Club on Jan. 16.
The glaciers that flattened my part of the world made their exit eons ago, but in Alaska, where Peggy Shumaker lives and writes, they’re just now beginning to turn back. Only deep in a Nebraska snowbank can you shovel your way into the blue she describes at the end of this poem, from her new and selected poems,
Jodi Picoult has tackled, as she once ticked off for an interviewer, “neonaticide, the death penalty, mercy killing, stem cell research, the right to die, gay rights” in her long career. What could be left? For her 27th novel, the controversy du jour is abortion – specifically, a shooting at a family planning clinic in Jackson, Mississippi, and how lives inside the building and out are touched over the course of one long day. This being Picoult, of course, there is a gimmick. She tells “A Spark of Light” backward; beginning at 5 p.m., each chapter jumps back an hour until it’s breakfast time.
Nancy Miller Gomez lives in California and directs writing workshops for incarcerated men and women. This poem gives us a glimpse of innocent delight inside those walls. It’s from her chapbook, “Punishment,” from Rattle.
For a genre that’s so popular among readers of all ages, young adult (YA) lit is surprisingly young: The term was only coined in the 1960s, introducing an official way to describe books aimed at kids 12 to 18.
During the mediation, the officer said that while he had a slightly different memory of the exchange, his hasty words didn’t reflect what he’d meant, didn’t represent him. He wanted to tell me who he was: a father, an athlete, a coach, a 20-year member of the force, the product of an inter-racial family, a believer in justice and an admirer of Martin Luther King Jr., whose words about the content of one’s character he often re-read.
The Spokesman-Review launched Northwest Passages a year ago as a book club and community forum with a mission to get people reading – and talking. If anything, we underestimated the passion of our readers, as crowds packed venues to hear writers including Craig Johnson, creator of the Longmire mysteries; Jess Walter, the best-selling Spokane novelist; and Tara Westover, author of a celebrated memoir about growing up off the grid in Idaho.
NEW YORK – Robert Caro’s next book isn’t his fifth and final volume on Lyndon Johnson or like anything he has done before. “Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing,” to be published by Alfred A. Knopf in April, combines personal reflections and professional guidance as Caro looks back on his singular history as a writer and reporter. The book includes previous lectures and interviews, but also new material. In the introduction, the 83-year-old Caro writes that the 240-page “Working” is not a “full-length memoir,” which he still hopes to write, but a more informal gathering of “thoughts” and “experiences” behind such prize-winning books as his Johnson biography “Master of the Senate” and his classic book on municipal builder Robert Moses, “The Power Broker.”
The author of “The Thirteenth Tale” and “Bellman & Black” begins this account on a winter solstice more than 100years ago. A near-drowned stranger arrives at a rural inn, grievously injured and carrying a young girl who, to all appearances, has already died.
Alaska Quarterly Review put out a special double issue late in 2017 to celebrate its 35th year, a very long tenure for a literary magazine. Among the many fine works I found there was this touching portrait of his mother by Michael Mark, who lives in California.
The holidays are here, and that means it’s the perfect time to put your Instant Pot to use – or get one if you don’t already have one.
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