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Book Notes: Spokane is Reading picks Cleave’s ‘Little Bee’


Spokane is Reading is jumping the pond.

“Little Bee” by Chris Cleave will be the book for the 11th annual event.

The novel uses alternating first-person perspectives to tell the story of a friendship that develops between an illegal Nigerian refugee and a recent widow from suburban London.

Caroline Elkins of The New York Times called the book “… immensely readable and moving. Rather than focusing on postcolonial guilt or African angst, Cleave uses his emotionally charged narrative to challenge his readers’ conceptions of civility, of ethical choice.”

The book, known as “The Other Hand” in the United Kingdom, is being made into a movie starring Nicole Kidman.

Copies of the book will be available at area libraries and Auntie’s Bookstore.

Cleave, a columnist for the Guardian in London, will be in Spokane on Oct. 12 for two appearances.

For more information about Spokane is Reading, visit

Longmire headed to TV

“Longmire,” based on the Walt Longmire mysteries written by Craig Johnson, premieres today on A&E.

The series stars Robert Taylor as Longmire, the widowed sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo. Katee Sachoff and Lou Diamond Phillips also star.

To learn more, visit, where you can also find an excerpt of Johnson’s latest novel, “As the Crow Flies.”

Johnson, who lives in Ucross, Wyo., is one of the gaggle of Johnsons visiting Auntie’s this month. He’ll be at the store, 402 W. Main Ave, at 7 p.m. June 14.

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