August 16, 2009 in Features

Gibson takes poetry prize

By The Spokesman-Review
 

The winner of the Idaho Prize, a national competition for poetry sponsored by Sandpoint’s Lost Horse Press, is “Frescoes,” by Stephen Gibson.

“Frescoes” is a collection of poems about the Renaissance art of Florence, Padua and Rome. Gibson, an accomplished Florida poet, takes the role of a “wised-up pilgrim” in examining these art treasures.

According to the Idaho Prize’s final judge, Seattle poet Carolyne Wright, “these poems redeem the people from the paint, plaster and piety.”

The Lost Horse Press will publish “Frescoes” as part of the prize.

Crutcher and Harmon

Here’s a great chance to hear from two of the region’s best-selling young adult authors, Chris Crutcher and Michael Harmon.

They will share the podium at Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave., in a reading Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Crutcher will read from his newest book, “Angry Management,” about a group of misfit kids and their counselor.

Harmon will read from “Brutal,” about a girl named Poe Holly who is forced to move from exciting L.A. to boring suburbia.

‘The 39 Clues’

Speaking of best-selling juvenile authors, it would be hard to surpass Patrick Carman of Walla Walla.

Carman is the author of several popular children’s mystery-and-fantasy series, including “The Land of Elyon” series, the “Atherton” series, the “Elliot’s Park” series and the “Skeleton Creek” series.

He is known for combining his books with videos that can be viewed online.

Now, Carman has become part of Scholastic publishing’s hugely popular multimedia global adventure series, “The 39 Clues.”

He was asked to write the fifth installment in the series, titled, “The 39 Clues: The Black Circle.”

This is an interactive reading experience which combines reading with elements of gaming and video. It’s not just big in the U.S. – it has been licensed in 17 foreign languages.

‘Cat’ tales

Spokane author Niki Anderson hit upon a popular niche with her 1997 book, “What My Cat Has Taught Me About Life.”

Now she has a new book titled “Whiskers, Wit and Wisdom: True Cat Tales and the Lessons They Teach Me” (Howard Books).

She’ll read from this new collection at Auntie’s, Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

‘Ageless’

Spokane author Joy McMahon has a new book out, titled “Ageless at 75: I Reversed My Biological Clock and YOU Can Too” (Gray Dog Press, $14.95).

She shares how to combine nutrition and a process called acu-pressure to slow down the aging process.

The book is available at local bookstores or directly from the publisher, www. GrayDogPress.com.

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