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Book Notes: Auntie’s hosting Sedaris visit Dec. 1

Sun., Oct. 9, 2011

David Sedaris, the best-selling writer and humorist, will return to Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main, on Dec. 1.

The exact time and other details are still being worked out (although it will be in the evening). A Sedaris visit always involves complicated logistical planning, because he draws such huge crowds.

The last time he appeared at Auntie’s, you had to purchase a book to get your free advance ticket to the event.

The paperback edition of his latest book, “Squirrel Meets Chipmunk” (Back Bay Books, $13.99) has just been released.

We’ll let you know the details as soon as they’re firmed up.

Book Club Fandango

Attention, all book groups: Auntie’s Bookstore will have its annual Book Club Fandango on Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Those of you in book groups – or who might want to start one – will receive all kinds of information, ideas and even some reader copies of books.

Also, Laura J. Bloxham, an English professor at Whitworth University will give a talk.

RSVP by calling Linda at (509) 838-0206 or emailing

Slam poet Mali

Taylor Mali, one of best-known slam poets in the country, has been booked into Whitworth University for a free performance on Oct. 18, 7 p.m.

Mali studied drama at Oxford University and is the author of the poem “What Teachers Make.” If you have never read this poem, or seen Mali perform it on YouTube, I highly recommend you do so. It’s a creative reminder that teachers “make” something very important – a difference.

It has had more than 3 million hits on YouTube. You can also read it on

He’ll be performing in Whitworth’s Cowles Auditorium. No tickets required.

‘The Spokan Indians’

Anyone interested in local history should know about the publication earlier this year of “The Spokan Indians” (Michael J. Ross, publisher, $30) by John Alan Ross.

This is a comprehensive (892 pages) ethnography of the history and culture of this tribe (also commonly spelled the Spokane). Ross is an emeritus professor at Eastern Washington University who has devoted four decades to this subject. The work is based on extensive research and many interviews.

You can find it at local bookstores and online.

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