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Book Notes: Harmon releases two new books

Sun., Aug. 14, 2011

Michael Harmon, one of Spokane’s authorial success stories, has not just one, but two new books out this summer.

The first is “Chamber of Five” (Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99), a young adult novel about a mysterious conspiracy at the fictional Lambert School for the Gifted. This private school has a shadowy group called the Chamber of Five, and the hero, Jason Weatherby, finds himself drawn into it.

The second is a departure from Harmon’s usual brand of young adult novels. “A Kid from Southie” (Westside Books, $16.95) is based on a true story about growing up in the Irish Mob life in Boston. It’s co-authored with John “Red” Shea.

Publisher’s Weekly called it a “brutal, unflinching coming-of-age story.”

Harmon has written three previous award-winning young adult novels: “Skate,” “Last Exit to Normal” and “Brutal.”

Idaho Prize for Poetry

Lost Horse Press, the literary publisher based in Sandpoint, has announced that J.T. Ledbetter has won the 2011 Idaho Prize for Poetry.

Ledbetter, from California, will receive a $1,000 prize and publication of his winning volume, “Old and Lost Rivers,” by Lost Horse Press next spring.

The other finalists were Joe Wilkins for “Notes from the Journey Westward” and Katie Kingston for “What Does Lorca Own?”

Congratulations to all. If you want to compete for next year’s prize, the entry deadline is May 15, 2012. Go to for details.

A new K.S. Brooks novel

K.S. Brooks, the prolific author out of Chewelah, has published a new suspense novel, “Night Undone” (Cambridge Books, $18.95), which has a familiar setting.

It’s about former Special Agent Kathrin Night, who lives in the town of Freedom, Wash., which is standing in for Chewelah. “Night Undone” also has a number of Spokane scenes.

Night has been forced into early retirement by injury, but she discovers a terrorist plot to disrupt the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

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