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Saslow headlines Northwest Passages on Monday

Eli Saslow’s book “Rising Out of Hatred,” published Tuesday, tells the story of Derek Black, a white nationalist who eventually left the movement. Saslow kicked off his book tour on Friday in Portland, where he lives. His second stop is Spokane, where on Monday he’ll discuss his book with author Edward Humes as part of The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club.

Everything is Copy: When evil is comforting

When it comes to pleasure reading, we gravitate to what we need at the cultural moment. I seem to be in a trench of surrounding myself with female psycho killers.

10 things about Eli Saslow

The Pulitzer Prize winner shares what he’s reading, what he’s watching and his other interests.

American Life in Poetry: ‘Youth’ by David Steingass

It’s been a very long time since I was young, but I remember the giddiness of first love, and David Steingass, a Wisconsin poet, shows us in this poem how poetry can both recall and reflect that kind of emotional excitement.

‘Longmire’ author comes to Spokane on Oct. 10

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 9:46 a.m.

Craig Johnson, the best-selling author of the “Longmire” mystery series, joins the Northwest Passages Book Club on Oct. 10 to talk about his new book, “Depth of Winter.”

Book review: ‘How to Cuss in Western’ details a Western life filled with humor and wit

The deft essays in Michael Branch’s “How to Cuss in Western (And Other Missives from the High Desert)” remind me of Patrick McManus, the former Sandpoint resident, EWU professor, novelist and humorist. He collected his writing in books that began with “A Fine and Pleasant Misery” in 1978. Not that Mike Branch sounds like McManus; rather that he’s part of an enduring succession of outdoor journalists. From 2010 to 2016, for High Country News, Branch wrote an online column that he dubbed Rants from the Hill. In that column, he described life with his wife and daughters on 6,000-foot-high “Ranting Hill.” This year, the family came down from the hilltop to live again in Reno, the same year McManus died. Ordeals of biblical proportions afflicted the Branch family during its hilltop sojourn. Roads washed out, wildfires forced retreats, gophers and packrats pestered, snowstorms hurled down. Their solar abode caught fire. Such accounts blur and blend with those in the sister volumes “Raising Wild” (2016) and “Rants from the Hill” (2017). The family underwent a fine and pleasant misery in the high Nevada desert.