Book Notes: DiFranco tops Get Lit in 2011

Ani DiFranco will be the April 15 headliner at 2011’s Get Lit.

Wait – Ani DiFranco? Isn’t she a singer-songwriter? Why would she be headlining the region’s premier literary festival?

Because of the “songwriter” part of her job description.

“It’s part of our expanded look at reading, writing and storytelling off the page,” said Danielle Ringwald, who runs Get Lit. “We’re also looking at songwriters – and she does spoken word, as well.”

So DiFranco might talk briefly about songwriting and perform some spoken word poetry. Mostly, however, this will be a regular concert, April 15, 8 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.

Tickets are $35 and will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through TicketsWest outlets (800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com).

For a real deal, you can buy a festival pass for $60, which includes this concert and every other Get Lit event.

The complete lineup hasn’t been announced, but we do know that author Tim O’Brien (“The Things They Carried”) will be the April 16 headliner.

McManus will slay ’em

Laughter will no doubt fill the auditorium at Auntie’s Bookstore on Wednesday when Patrick F. McManus reads from his new mystery novel, “The Huckleberry Murders” (Simon and Schuster, $25).

McManus is the much-loved patriarch of Inland Northwest authors, having been a best-selling staple for more than three decades.

“The Huckleberry Murders” is the latest in his popular Sheriff Bo Tully series.

It’s not technically a humor book; it’s a mystery novel. Yet McManus is incapable of writing anything that doesn’t display his famous sense of humor.

In “The Huckleberry Murders,” Blight County’s Sheriff Tully is investigating the murder of three men in a huckleberry patch on Scotchman Mountain. Meanwhile, a local rancher turns up missing.

Blight County is fictional, but anyone familiar with North Idaho and Eastern Washington will recognize the settings.

McManus always draws a big crowd, so don’t be late. The reading takes place Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave.

‘After the Falls’

Here’s another noteworthy author hitting Auntie’s this week: Catherine Gildiner, with her new book “After the Falls: Coming of Age in the Sixties” (Viking, $25.95)

Gildiner is a Toronto author who made quite a splash with her first memoir, “Too Close to the Falls,” which became a New York Times best-seller and was a popular choice among book groups.

“After the Falls” continues the story as she enters high school. The family has moved from Niagara Falls to Buffalo. The memoir ranges from hostessing at Howard Johnson to marching in civil rights demonstrations.

Gildiner’s talk will be Thursday, 7 p.m.

Everybody Reads, Palouse version

If you live in the Palouse region or the Lewiston-Clarkston area, it’s time to get cracking on “The Hearts of Horses,” a novel by Molly Gloss about a young woman breaking horses in Eastern Oregon in 1917.

That’s the Everybody Reads community-wide book event for the region. Gloss, a much-celebrated Portland author, will do a series of presentations and discussions beginning Nov. 8.

Here’s the lineup:

• Nov. 8, 7 p.m., Nez Perce Community Library.

• Nov. 9, noon, Asotin County Library.

• Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Lewis-Clark Center for Arts and History in Lewiston.

• Nov. 10, noon, Neill Public Library in Pullman.

• Nov. 10, 7 p.m., 1912 Center in Moscow.

• Nov. 12, 10 a.m., Colfax branch of the Whitman County Library.

• Nov. 12, noon, St. John branch of the Whitman County Library.

All events are free.

Whitworth Writing Rally

Children’s book author Sally M. Walker will be the featured presenter at the annual Whitworth Writing Rally, a daylong family literacy initiative for students and parents.

It takes place Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cowles Memorial Auditorium at Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Road.

Walker and other area teachers will work with students from preschool through sixth grade as they create their own original illustrated books. About 600 students are expected to attend.

Registration is $17, which includes a student and a parent or guardian. Call (509) 777-3263.

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