Now in its fifth year, Summer Stories is our annual short fiction series. This year’s theme: The Road Trip. We’ll feature stories from some of the region’s best writers about road trips that are memorable, strange and sometimes a bit of both. Buckle up!
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Welcome to Summer Stories, The Spokesman-Review's annual short fiction series. Now in its fourth year, Summer Stories brings works by some of the region's best writers to the pages of The Spokesman-Review for 10 weeks. After trips to the fair, the lake and the woods, Summer Stories this year goes to the River.
For the third year, The Spokesman-Review will turn our Sunday Today cover over to the fiction writers. For 10 weeks beginning July 3, Summer Stories will present short fiction from new and well-established Inland Northwest writers: Stephanie Oakes, Thom Caraway, Leyna Krow, Joseph Haeger, Sharma Shields and Jess Walter among them. As is tradition, we kick off the season with a story from Shawn Vestal, a Spokesman-Review columnist and author of the award-winning short story collection "Godforsaken Idaho" and the new novel "Daredevils." So pack up your tent and sleeping bags and join us as we head into "The Woods."
Beginning July 5 and continuing through Sept. 6, the Sunday Today section will be devoted to new works of short fiction by 10 of the region’s best writers. Last summer, we took readers to the fair with stories by the likes of Jess Walter, Sharma Shields, Shann Ray and Polly Buckingham. This year, we’re headed to the lake, with new pieces from writers such as S.M. Hulse, Thom Caraway, Kim Barnes and Paul Lindholdt. Kicking off the series, as he did last year, is Shawn Vestal. Vestal, a columnist for The Spokesman-Review, has his first novel coming out next year.
We asked some of Spokane’s most acclaimed writers to create new works of short fiction based on the theme of “The Fair.” Some writers tripped back to 1974 and visited Expo. Others have kicked up dust on the midways and in the barns of the county fair. Either way, they delivered. Ten writers. Ten stories. Ten weeks. In the coming weeks, you’ll be invited to read new works by Shawn Vestal, Bruce Holbert, Sharma Shields, Gregory Spatz, Kris Dinnison, Sam Ligon, Polly Buckingham, Shann Ray and Nance Van Winckel. We wrap things up on Sept. 7 with a new story from Jess Walter, the National Book Award finalist and New York Times best-selling author of “Beautiful Ruins.” So sit back, relax, and enjoy. Carolyn Lamberson, Spokesman-Review features editor