If you haven’t gotten around to reading Spokane’s Big Read 2011 selection – “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien – then Spokane Public Radio has a deal for you:
KPBX-FM ( 91.1) will read it to you.
“The Things They Carried” will be read aloud on KPBX’s “The Bookshelf” beginning Tuesday and continuing into mid-March. “The Bookshelf” airs Mondays through Thursdays from 6:30 to 7 p.m.
O’Brien’s Vietnam War novel will be read by Gene Engene, emeritus professor of drama at Eastern Washington University.
The Big Read is a communitywide reading event. This year, it will culminate in O’Brien’s appearance at Get Lit! on April 16.
‘Willow Springs 67’
The spring 2011 issue (No. 67) of Eastern Washington University’s literary journal, “Willow Springs,” is now out.
It contains stories and poems by regional writers – including Laurie Lamon, Matthew Nienow, Molly Tenenbaum and Jess Walter – as well as writers from around the country, including Dawn Raffel, Adrian C. Louis, Eleanor Paynter, Natalie Sypolt and Curtis Perdue.
Look for it soon in area bookstores and online at www.willow springs.ewu.edu.
‘Separation of Faith’
A novel with a regional connection arrived at our desk this week: “Separation of Faith,” by Cheri Laser (iUniverse, $18.95).
Laser is from New Jersey, but the book is set mostly in Kettle Falls. It’s about a young woman studying to become a nun at a convent there. Decades later, secrets about her past are revealed.
In case you were wondering, yes, there was a convent in Kettle Falls decades ago.
Unlikely mystery genres
One thing about being the books editor: I have the privilege of sorting through a lot of review copies.
And before I started doing this I was oblivious to a pervasive publishing trend – the mystery series tied to hobbies, pets, professions and other niche interests. I had no idea that there were, for instance, knitting mysteries.
Here are a few other genres in my basket right now:
• The embroidery mystery.
• The “magical cats” mystery.
• The Victorian craftsperson mystery.
• The “crime of fashion” mystery.
• The Southern beauty shop mystery.
• The cupcake bakery mystery.
• The Algonquin Roundtable mystery.
• The ghost hunter mystery.
• The talk radio mystery.
I was beginning to wonder what would be the ultimate unlikely mystery genre – and then this crossed my desk: “Drip Dead,” by Christy Evans, a plumber’s apprentice mystery. It features “plumbing tricks and tips” and is actually pretty entertaining.
Yet I’ll bet, if we put our heads together, we can think of some even more unlikely mystery genres. I’ll just throw an idea out here to get you started: a co-ed badminton league mystery.
Submit your idea for a new mystery genre by writing me at the e-mail address above or posting a comment on our new Spotlight blog, www.spokesman.com/ blogs/spotlight/.