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Book Notes: Ritchie hits Auntie’s on Thursday

Auntie’s Bookstore is kicking off May on a musical note.

On Thursday, longtime Northwest singer-songwriter T.R. Ritchie will read from his anthology of poetry, “Works on Paper,” sing some songs and display some of his original artwork. Ritchie, who used to busk at Pike Place Market, now calls Moab, Utah, home.

He’ll be at Auntie’s at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Later in the month, Auntie’s will host appearance from two big-name writers. David Sedaris will return to Spokane on May 22 to read from his latest book, “Let’s Discuss Diabetes With Owls.” This ticketed event will also feature wine and beer for sale from Santé. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Call the store at (509) 838-0206 for information about tickets.

On May 24, Spokane’s own Julia Sweeney comes home to read from her latest, “If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother.” The Sweeney event begins at 7 p.m., and once again, Santé will be on hand with beverages for sale.

For Spokane readers of a certain age, an old friend from childhood will make an appearance. Florence Petheram, who was Miss Florence on the TV show “Romper Room” for 19 years – first on KREM then KHQ – will be reading from her second book, “Magic is for When You Need It,” on May 25. The book, aimed at middle readers, is about a girl and her horse and a magical gift. Petheram will be joined by Jessica Rising, author of “Dr. Fix-Its Malicious Machine,” the first book in a trilogy about siblings who go to another world to rescue their mother. This dual event begins at 2 p.m.

Auntie’s is at 402 W. Main Ave. For more information on these and other events in May, visit>

He’s No. 1

Jess Walter has hit the top of the New York Times Best Seller list.

“Beautiful Ruins,” Walter’s acclaimed 2012 novel, is No. 1 on the Times’ list of trade paperbacks for the week of May 5. The hardback version peaked at No. 11 on the Times’ fiction list last summer.

On Friday, Publishers Weekly had “Beautiful Ruins” at No. 7 on the trade paperback list, up from No. 9 the week before. According to Publishers Weekly, “Beautiful Ruins” sold 19,995 copies between the paperback release on April 2 and the latest data collected on April 14.

(For comparison: The No. 1 title on the PW list, “The Witness” by Nora Roberts, sold 53,712 in that time frame. No. 25, “Where Did You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple, sold 10,306.)

In an email exchange, the Spokane author said he was “happily surprised” by the Times ranking. “My editor called and said, ‘You’re number one,’ and I said, ‘Number one what?’ ”

Walter is taking a short break from the paperback book tour, having just visited California and the East Coast. He’ll leave soon for the Midwest.

He added, “It’s been overwhelming, after eight books, to have so many people connect with the books and come out for readings. It’s all been wonderful and humbling.”

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