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Renowned nature writer will speak in Spokane in November

Terry Tempest Williams returns to Spokane on Nov. 1.  (File)
Terry Tempest Williams returns to Spokane on Nov. 1. (File)

Terry Tempest Williams, one of the nation’s best-known nature writers, has been booked for a talk in Spokane on Nov. 1.

The event will be a fundraiser for the Inland Northwest Land Trust.

Williams, from Utah, has long been one of the most eloquent advocates for wild and open spaces. She’s the winner of the Wallace Stegner Award, for contributions to the cultural identity of the West, among many other honors.

Her most recent book is “Finding Beauty in a Broken World.” Her best-known work is “Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place.”

The luncheon will be held at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. Tickets are $45 in advance, available by calling the Inland Northwest Land Trust office at (509) 328-2939.

A baseball book signing

Beth Bollinger, the author of “Until the End of the Ninth,” a novel based on the true story of the 1946 Spokane Indians bus crash, will do a book-signing at an apt location: the Spokane Indians’ Avista Stadium.

Bollinger will be next to the Indians’ outdoor museum near the first base entrance at Saturday’s game. She’ll arrive at 5:30 p.m., an hour before the game, and will stay through at least the fourth inning.

Her book is a dramatic telling of this tragic piece of Spokane history.

Playing with ‘Toys’

Author Heather Swain will do a presentation at Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave., that will be more hands-on than the average reading.

Her book is “Make These Toys: 101 Clever Creations Using Everyday Items” (Perigee Trade Paperback, $13.95).

Swain will demonstrate how to make simple toys from things like cardboard, clothespins and milk cartons. Everyone will get to make her “mini-marshmallow popper,” which sounds like fun.

It happens at the main Auntie’s store on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the children’s book section.

A new Auntie’s

Did you notice we said “the main Auntie’s” in the previous item?

That’s because the auxiliary Auntie’s, called Auntie’s Bookstore at the Square, is now open in the skywalk level of River Park Square (in the former Children’s Corner bookstore location).

The grand opening continues today with hourly drawings and a 20 percent discount on all purchases.

Fritz at the Fest

Jane Fritz, author of “Legendary Lake Pend Oreille” (Keokee Books), is in the midst of a book-signing blitz with dozens of events through North Idaho.

We thought we’d mention one special signing today beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Festival at Sandpoint, at Memorial Field. Fritz will be at the wine-tasting event in advance of the Grand Finale concert with the Spokane Symphony.