September 25, 2011 in Features

Book Notes: Bamontes’ latest hits shelves

By The Spokesman-Review
 

A new book by the well-known local history team of Tony and Suzanne Bamonte, “Spokane: Our Early History – Under All is the Land” (Tornado Creek Publications), is now on bookstore shelves.

The Spokane Association of Realtors commissioned the Bamontes to write the book for their centennial celebration. The original idea was to do a history of real estate – but it soon grew into much more than that.

“I said a book on real estate is really boring,” said Tony Bamonte. “Why not just a history book on early Spokane history? We ended up with a 320-page book. It turned out to be wonderful book on Spokane.”

The book does have plenty of information about early land development in Spokane, but it ranges widely over other facets of early Spokane life as well.

The Spokane Association of Realtors has also produced a 30-minute DVD about the organization’s history. You can purchase the book or the DVD at the association’s office, 1924 N. Ash St.

The book will also be widely available at area bookstores.

Shann Ray at Auntie’s

Shann Ray, a Gonzaga University professor will discuss his powerful and well-reviewed debut short-story collection “American Masculine” (Graywolf Press, $15) on Friday, 7 p.m. at Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main.

The stories deal with men from our corner of the American West, as they attempt to find their way in today’s world.

Shann Ray Ferch (his pen name drops the Ferch) grew up in Montana and is a former college basketball player (Montana State University and Pepperdine University) who is now a professor of leadership in Gonzaga’s Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies.

His collection was released in June and has been praised by some big names, including Dave Eggers, who compared him to Cormac McCarthy and Annie Proulx. Sherman Alexie said Ray “writes about small Western towns and their residents in tough, poetic and beautiful ways.”

Publisher’s Weekly said it has “an unsettling power” as his “roughened characters incrementally come to terms with their humanity, fallibility and their realized capacity for atonement.”

Lynne Hinton’s ‘Pie Town’

Lynne Hinton, the former interim pastor of the Chewelah (Wash.) United Church of Christ, will be discussing her latest novel, “Pie Town” (HarperCollins) at Auntie’s Bookstore, today at 1:30 p.m.

Hinton hit it big with her Hope Springs series of novels with a cake theme (“Friendship Cake,” “Wedding Cake”) and has now started a new series set in Pie Town, New Mexico.

She now lives in Albuquerque, N.M.

A Tom Davis farewell

Well-known Spokane poet Tom Davis is moving to Seattle, so he will give a farewell reading on Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the John F. Thamm Gallery, 11 S. Washington.

Davis is known for, among other things, his volume about Peaceful Valley, titled “Peaceful Valley as Told to Gregory King.”

Several other guest-poets will also read, including Zan Agzigian, Dennis Held, Jodi Miller-Hunter and John Whalen.

“Gas money donations” will be accepted.

The author and ‘The Rancher’

Dawn Nelson, who lives north of Spokane, has a great occupational description: “Published author, poet, wife, mother and cattle rancher.”

This makes the title and subject of her newly released novel, “The Rancher” (Gray Dog Press, $14.95), especially apt. It is actually the third in her “Ranchers” series, after “Cowgirl’s Justice” and “The Colt,” both also published by Gray Dog in Spokane.

She writes about the life she knows: Ranching, horses, life and love in the Inland Northwest.

Her first book, “A Cowgirl Remembers When,” won the 2010 poetry book award from the Academy of Western Artists. She’ll be signing her book at Auntie’s Bookstore on Oct. 8, 1 to 3 p.m.

Linda Bierds at UI

Linda Bierds, one of the top poets in the Northwest – and the nation – will read from her work and sign books on Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., in the Law School Courtroom at the Menard Law Building on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow.

Bierds has won many awards, including the MacArthur Fellowship “genius grant” in 1998. She teaches at the University of Washington.

She’ll be appearing as part of the Distinguished Visiting Writer Series, and it’s free and open to the public.


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