Excuse me for a moment while I resort to adspeak:
Nothing says love like the gift of literacy.
That’s my alliterative attempt to encourage readers to spend a little time, not to mention money, in a local bookstore (there are several; take your pick).
If you want to dish a little dirt, pick up something by Kitty Kelley, Spokane’s home-grown gossip-monger who hasn’t heard a nasty rumor that she won’t print. Scheduled to read at Auntie’s Bookstore on Dec. 23 (at 7 p.m.), Kelley is offering one of her trademark looks at the British royal family with “The Royals” (Warner Books, 547 pages, $27).
For the serious history buff, the University of Idaho Press has published “Mavericks: The Lives and Battles of Montana’s Political Legends” (329 pages, $34.95 ISBN 0-89301-199-1) by John Morrison and Catherine Wright Morrison. You’ll likely find everything you want to know about such pols as Joseph K. Toole, Ella Knowles, Joseph M. Dixon, Jeanette Rankin and various others.
In the arena of personal history, there’s “Cowboy Memories of Montana” (182 pages, $24.95) by Mark Perrault, also from the University of Idaho Press. Perrault, grandson of pioneer Magloire Perrault, tells the story of his experiences growing up on his grandfather’s ranch near Sheridan, Mont..
Children might be interested in “The Traveller: A Magical Journey” (Greenwich Workshop Press, 32 pages, $15.95) by James Keller with illustrations by Portland architect student Daniel Page Schallau. Enriched by Schallau’s intricate pictures, Keller’s story about a boy who takes a trip into his own imagination becomes a veritable literary experience.
But these are just a few. There are thousands of others. Take a moment and shop for some. Or even several.
Over the air
If you like to be read to, you might consider tuning into KPBX (FM 91.1) today at 4 p.m. As part of its “Selected Shorts” series, Spokane’s Public Radio will air Jane Curtin reading Kate Chopin’s story “The Storm,” and Malachy McCourt will read Edward Delaney’s story “The Drowning.”
Looking ahead, KPBX will feature a special Christmas program. A special reading of O. Henry’s story “The Gift of the Magi” will be followed by “Della’s Story,” a sequel to the O. Henry tale written by Spokane schoolteacher Michael Aleman. The two-hour program will air twice, at 4 p.m. on Dec. 21 and at noon on Christmas Day.
On Monday at 9 p.m., KPBX will air “StoryLines America,” featuring Marilynne Robinson’s novel “Housekeeping.”
For more details on either program, call 328-5729.
Dress for success
Joan Overfield has written 19 novels in nine years, which makes her one of Spokane’s most-published writers. She’s also won several awards, most recently the Career Achievement for Regency Romance honor from Romantic Times Magazine.
And her newest book, “A Rose in Scotland” (which she will sign copies of on Saturday, see Reader Board at left), is a textbook example of the genre of historical romance. Set in 1785, it takes its characters from Edinburgh to London to Bath, England, in search of romance and adventure.
And if you miss the point, Overfield is ready to remind you. At her Saturday book signing, she will celebrate the holiday season - and history itself - by wearing a traditional Regency ballgown.
Look for Overfield’s next novel, “Exquisite” (Zebra Books), in March.
Just for seniors
Beginning in January, literary-minded seniors have another chance to indulge their urges to write and talk about books. Through courses sponsored by the Institute for Extended Learning, Virginia White will teach a Writer’s Workshop, oversee a book-discussion group and hold a self-publishing workshop - all for seniors.
For further information, and to request a class schedule, contact the IEL at 533-3393.
Spokane storyteller Jacquie Baucom will present a puppet show titled “How Six Found Christmas” today at 2 p.m. at the Children’s Corner Bookshop, 714 W. Main (on the Skywalk). For further information, call 624-4820.
, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: The reader board Carolyn Hage Nunemaker, author of “Downtown Spokane Images, 1930-49,” will read from her book at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Auntie’s Bookstore, Main and Washington. John Scherer, author of “Work and the Human Spirit,” will sign copies of his book at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Auntie’s Bookstore. Barb Griffith, author of “Simply Fat Free,” will sign copies of the book’s updated edition from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Auntie’s Bookstore. Spokane novelist Joan Overfield, author of the historical romance “A Rose in Scotland,” will sign copies of the book from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at B. Dalton’s Booksellers at NorthTown mall. Jim Kershner, Spokesman-Review columnist and author of “The Human Comedy, Plus Other Species at No Extra Charge,” will sign copies of his hardcover collection of columns from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Valley Hastings, 11324 E. Sprague.