Book Notes: Alexie will read from ‘Blasphemy’ at North Central

We have some more details on Sherman Alexie’s upcoming reading in Spokane to mark the release of “Blasphemy,” a collection of new and previously published works due out Oct. 2.

Alexie will read from the book at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the North Central High School auditorium, 1600 N. Howard St. This will be a ticketed event, sponsored by Auntie’s Bookstore. Buy one Alexie book at Auntie’s and you’ll receive one ticket to the event.

“Blasphemy” can be seen as “Sherman Alexie’s Greatest Hits” – a collection of past favorites mixed in with new works. The previous works include “The Toughest Indian in the World,” “Whatever Happened to Frank Snake Church,” “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” and “War Dances.” The new works include “Midnight Basketball,” about the world’s worst basketball player, “Scenes from a Life,” about a white woman coasting through her life, and “Basic Training,” a heartbreakingly sad story about a family that runs one of the few donkey basketball companies in the country.

The book is being released by Grove Press.

Authors at Auntie’s

Also on the calendar at Auntie’s in October are appearances from William L. Sullivan, talking about his latest, “The Case of D.B. Cooper’s Parachute: A Novel,” (Oct. 6, 2 p.m.), Kaya McLaren reading from “How I Came to Sparkle Again” (Oct. 18, 7 p.m.), and Oregon poets Chris Anderson and Stephanie Lenox (Oct. 26, 7 p.m.).

Anderson, who teaches English at Oregon State University in Corvallis, will read from “The Next Thing Always Belongs.” Lenox, a former Spokane resident who gradauted from Whitworth University, will read from her collection “Congress of Strange People.”

Auntie’s is located at 402 W. Main Ave. For information on these and other readings, visit www.auntiesbooks.com.>

Go Cougs

Carla Nellis is hitting the Cougar trail promoting her new book, “WSU Cougars from A to Z,” which reveals little-known facts about Washington State University.

Nellis, who grew up in Deer Park and graduated from WSU, reveals tidbits about the naming of Ferdinand’s, the birth of the WSU fight song and the travels of the live cougars who used to attend away games.

She was on hand to sign copies of her book at The Bookie before and after Saturday’s homecoming game against the University of Colorado. Then she’s off to Seattle for a couple of events, at WSU Connections at Westlake Center from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 27, and inside the CenturyLink Exhibition Center from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28, before the WSU-Oregon game.

For more information, visit www.greenbeaniebooks.com.

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