Book Notes: Pendo mightier than Sonnets

SUNDAY, NOV. 20, 2011

We are pleased to announce that the Spokane Dirty Realists (featuring authors Sherman Alexie, Jess Walter and Shann Ray Ferch) soundly defeated the Moscow SuperSonnets, 101-77, at HooPalousa at the University of Idaho on Tuesday.

And, more importantly, this literary-themed basketball game attracted a good crowd and drew attention to its cause: an American Indian Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing.

It helped that the Dirty Realists had basketball-playing ringer David Pendergraft, former Gonzaga University star, on their team. Pendergraft won the evening’s MVP award.

HooPalousa was the brainchild of author and UI professor Kim Barnes and Spokane writer Sam Ligon, along with Ferch, Alexie and Walter.

Walter reports that we have not seen the last of the Spokane Dirty Realists. A Get Lit! hoop game, possibly?

BookPeople changes hands

One of the region’s finest independent bookstores – BookPeople of Moscow – has changed hands after 31 years.

Robert “Bob” Greene announced that he has sold the store to Carol Spurling and Steffen Werner. Spurling, a published writer and experienced bookstore manager, said that she wants “to preserve everything that makes BookPeople great.”

Spurling, currently the outreach and ownership coordinator for the Moscow Food Co-Op, said she has dreamed of having a bookstore “since I was very young.”

As for Greene, he thanked his many loyal customers for a great run. The store, at 521 Main St., Moscow, Idaho, will formally change hands Dec. 28.

Alexie and Burdick

Speaking of Sherman Alexie, he’s part of a hot-selling children’s book, “The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24.99) by Chris Van Allsburg.

This is a reissued version of the Van Allsburg classic picture book. Alexie is one of the “amazing authors” who wrote short stories to go along with the enigmatic pictures.

Other authors include Stephen King, Lois Lowry, Jules Feiffer and Lemony Snicket.

David Sedaris tickets

Here’s the ticket info for the David Sedaris appearance at Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. on Dec. 1, 7 p.m.:

If you purchase a Sedaris book or audiobook at Auntie’s, you will receive one reserved-seat ticket for admission to the reading. If you have a group that wants to sit together, you’ll have to purchase your tickets (books) together.

Once reserved seating sells out, standing-room-only tickets will be issued.

If you don’t have tickets, you can still get your book autographed. The autograph line will open at 10 p.m. for those without tickets.

For more details, call Auntie’s at (509) 838-0206.

A ‘Summer Science’ grant

The Fred Meyer Fund has given the Spokane Public Library Foundation a $30,000 grant which will make a lot of science-loving kids and families happy.

The grant will greatly enhance the library’s “Summer Science and Beyond” program next summer.

It will allow the library to hand out Family Science Kits, filled with ideas and tools for home science projects. It will also provide science-based books for children and fund a number of science-based presentations.

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