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Book Notes: Palin’s father, brother hit CdA to push ‘Our Sarah’

Sun., Oct. 7, 2012

Chuck Heath Sr. and Chuck Heath Jr., also known as the father and brother of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, will be in Coeur d’Alene on Monday to sign copies of their new book, “Our Sarah: Made in Alaska.”

Heath Sr. was raised in Hope, Idaho, and was a teacher in Sandpoint when daughter Sarah was born. The family moved to Alaska when she was an infant.

The book, released last month from Center Street, shares “intimate stories from Sarah’s life” as shared by her friends and family, according to the publisher.

“Sarah’s dad and brother share great family stories of life in the last frontier,” the description continues, “from hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and gold-mining, to marathon running, teaching and community service – first in small ways and then on a national stage.”

The Heaths will be on hand to sign books at the Coeur d’Alene Hastings, 101 W. Best Ave., beginning at 6:30 p.m. “Our Sarah” retails for $24.99.

Poet Finney among GU visitors

Gonzaga University is bringing writers from across the region and the country to town for its annual Visiting Writer Series.

The fun begins Monday, with an appearance by New York City-based novelist and essayist Tiphanie Yanique. Her collection of stories “How to Escape From a Leper Colony,” won the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a BOCAS Prize in Fiction from the Caribbean, and was one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.”

Yanique’s talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cataldo Globe Room.

The rest of the series follows:

Oct. 30: George Eklund, 7:30 p.m., Cataldo Globe Room. Eklund is a poet who has and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. He teaches English at Morehead State University in Kentucky and his work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review and Crazyhorse.

Nov. 14: Robert Wrigley, 7:30 p.m., Cataldo Globe Room. The celebrated poet has won the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award, Poetry Magazine’s Frederick Bock Prize and five Pushcart Prizes, among his many honors. He teaches at the University of Idaho.

Jan. 30: Ben Fountain and Jess Walter, 7:30 p.m. Cataldo Globe Room. I’ll leave the description to series organizer Tod Marshall: “We’re trying a tandem gig here. Jess is well known, of course. Ben Fountain’s book, ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ has gotten LOTS of press this year. Check it out.”

Feb. 26: Nikky Finney, 7 p.m. Cataldo Globe Room. File this one under “Big Deal.” Finney won the National Book Award for poetry in 2011. As Marshall noted, “She’s a charismatic reader whose work is both lyrical and political.” I have to agree. I heard Finney read some of her poems on the radio once and she was electric, even when heard at 70 mph on Interstate 90. This event will be shared with Spokane Falls Community College; she’ll read on that campus Feb. 27.

March 27: Laura Read and Maya Jewell Zeller, 7:30 p.m. The series finale is a Gonzaga Reads event featuring poets with GU connections. Read is a GU graduate who teaches at the Falls. Zeller is a GU instructor.

For details on the Visiting Writers Series, visit>

Rowling via Web wizardry

Fans of J.K. Rowling are invited to participate in the author’s only U.S. event to promote “The Casual Vacancy,” courtesy of Auntie’s Bookstore.

The store will stream on a big-screen TV a live webcast of Rowling being interviewed by award-winning author Ann Patchett. If you have a question for Rowling, you can submit it to

The event begins at 5 p.m. Oct. 16 at Auntie’s main store, 402 W. Main Ave. For information, call the store at (509) 838-0206.

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