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Book Notes: Northwest authors will headline Mazama festival

The Mazama Festival of Books will feature 10 Northwest authors in its inaugural year.

The festival will take place Aug. 18 and 19 at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Mazama, Wash., in the Methow Valley.

The participating authors are: Ryan Boudinot, Erik Brooks, Kathleen Flenniken, Katherine Lanpher, Jim Lynch, Colleen Mondor, Danbert Nobacon, Blake Nelson, Pauls Toutonghi and Lidia Yuknavitch.

The authors will discuss their work in salon-style conversations with public radio broadcaster Lanpher, according to the Methow Arts Alliance.

A full schedule is expected to be released Monday. Visit for details.

Homecoming week

Two women with Spokane ties will be at Auntie’s Bookstore this week.

• J. Anderson Coats, who was born in Spokane and graduated from North Central High School, will be at the store at 2 p.m. Saturday. She’ll be talking about “The Wicked and the Just,” her young adult novel set in 1293 in North Wales.

With Anderson Coats will be two other Washington authors. Megan Bostic, of Tacoma, will talk about her young adult novel “Never Eighteen.” Jennifer Shaw Wolf, of Lacey, brings her young adult novel “Breaking Beautiful.”

• Ferris High School graduate Rachel Singer Gordon will visit from Chicago to sign copies of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Couponing.” She’ll be at Auntie’s at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Also at Auntie’s, Spokane geologist Bob Weldin will talk about “The Dry Diggin’s Club” at 7 p.m. Friday. His novel tells the story of Sara Mullins, a woman who has earned her mining credentials and is struggling to break into the traditionally male field in a sparsely populated corner of the Northwest just after World War II.

Auntie’s is at 402 W. Main Ave. For more information about these events, visit or call (509) 838-0206.