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Book Notes: Halls offers glimpse of ‘Sasquatch’

SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2011

Local children’s author Kelly Milner Halls will give a preview of her new book, “In Search of Sasquatch,” on Saturday, 1 p.m. at the Tinman Too, 809 W. Garland Ave.

Halls has written a number of books, mostly nonfiction for readers 8 to 12. She’ll read from her upcoming book about Sasquatch and will have some “surprise” Sasquatch items for kids to look at.

She’ll also be reading from “Saving the Baghdad Zoo: A True Story of Hope and Heroes” (Greenwillow Books), about how the animals in the zoo in Iraq were saved.

Halls is one of the guiding forces behind the Spokane Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Society and has been instrumental in setting up the Tinman Too’s monthly author series.

‘Francis H. Cook’

Local author Doris J. Woodward has published a new biography, “The Indomitable Francis H. Cook of Spokane: A Man of Vision” (The Pacific Northwesterner/Tornado Creek Publishing).

If Cook’s name rings a bell, it’s because he was one of the people who helped shape Spokane and the Inland Northwest. He’s known as the “Father of Mount Spokane” because he was one of the first to see the scenic and recreational possibilities on the mountain.

In fact, he purchased the mountaintop, helped build the road and renamed it from Mount Carlton (or Old Baldy) to Mount Spokane.

Cook was also an early Spokane newspaperman, streetcar entrepreneur and the man behind the development of Manito Park. He was a remarkable and unusual man.

This new book, published under the auspices of the Pacific Northwesterner, the journal of the Spokane Corral of the Westerners, uncovers a wealth of information about Cook and his many endeavors.

Woodward is the author of several other books, including a biography of Spokane’s Harper Joy.

You can order a copy through Tornado Creek Publications, (509) 838-7114 or

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