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Book Notes: Quammen hits Auntie’s on Thursday

Bozeman writer David Quammen is coming to town this week in support of his new work on nonfiction, “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic.”

Quammen will read at Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave., at 7 p.m. Thursday. He has published four works of fiction and seven nonfiction titles, and has published articles in magazines such as Esquire, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Harper’s and National Geographic. He also edited an illustrated version of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species.”

“Spillover,” being released Monday by W.W. Norton & Co., looks at how and why diseases originate in wild animals and migrate to humans.

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Rough waters ahead

Meanwhile, Idaho Falls writer Jo Deurbrouck is planning a couple events in Spokane in support of her new book “Anything Worth Doing.”

“Anything Worth Doing” tells the true story of whitewater raft guides Clancy Reece and John Barker, who attempt to set a speed record rafting Idaho’s Salmon River at peak flood of a high-water year. The book has earned kind words from regional writers of note, including David James Duncan (“The Brothers K”) and Kim Barnes (“In the Kingdom of Men”). Barnes, who teaches at the University of Idaho, wrote, “ ‘Anything Worth Doing’ is a true drama whose characters will break your heart with their dreams, courage, vulnerability and absolute determination to live life on their own terms, no matter the cost.”

Deurbrouck will speak at Auntie’s at 1 p.m. Oct. 21. The next day, at 7 p.m., she’ll speak with the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club’s meeting at the Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. Both events are open to the public.

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