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Guterson tour hits Palouse

Sun., Nov. 8, 2009

David Guterson, the author of “Snow Falling on Cedars” and “The Other,” will appear in Colfax, Pullman, Moscow and other sites in the Palouse beginning on Monday.

Guterson, from Bainbridge Island, won the 1995 Pen/Faulkner Award for “Snow Falling on Cedars.” “The Other,” his most recent novel, is about two Seattle teenagers who take divergent paths in life.

His appearances are part of the 2009 Everybody Reads program for the Palouse and Lewiston/Clarkston valley.

You can hear him at Colfax High School on Monday, 10:15 a.m.; Pullman’s Neill Public Library on Monday at 7 p.m.; Moscow High School on Tuesday at 9:35 a.m.; and the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre in Moscow on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Guterson will also make appearances Thursday and Friday in Lewiston and Clarkston. Go to for more info.

Trethewey poetry reading

Natasha Trethewey, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, will read from her works at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Gonzaga University’s Cataldo Hall Globe Room.

Threthewey, originally from Mississippi, won the Pulitzer for her collection “Native Guard.” She is an English professor at Emory University in Atlanta.

This reading is part of GU’s Visiting Writers Series and is free and open to the public.

Ice age flood authors

Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave., will host not just one, but two authors this week who have written influential books about the ice age floods, which shaped the land we live in.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Cheney author John Soennichsen will read from the newly released paperback edition of “Bretz’s Flood: The Remarkable Story of a Rebel Geologist and the World’s Greatest Flood” (Sasquatch Books). This tells the story of the geologist who first developed the theory of the floods.

On Friday at 6:30 p.m., author Robert J. Carson will deliver a lecture based on the book he edited, “Where the Great River Bends: A Natural and Human History of the Columbia at Wallula.” This is presented by the Cheney-Spokane Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute.

Early warning

Here’s advance warning about a couple of noteworthy events coming up later this month at Auntie’s:

Patrick F. McManus – The region’s favorite humorist, reading from “The Double Jack Murders,” Nov. 22, 12:30 p.m.

Judy Palmer Bendewald – The Spokane author of “My Treasured Memories of Elvis” will tell stories and share photos of Elvis Presley, whom she met numerous times. Nov. 29, 12:30 p.m.


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