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Book’s heroes are kids

Jessica Rising travels every day, either hanging on to the wings of her imagination or sliding through a portal in the bathtub drain. Her recent “vacation” took place in Nil, …


Teen authors have plenty of stories to tell

An assignment at Mt. Spokane High School has taken senior Nikki Ziegler on an unexpected journey. “We were supposed to write a short children’s book based on a biblical character …


Crumpled Wings

(photo of Kelly Flinn)


A New Feminism Naomi Wolf Urges Women’s Rights Activists To Embrace Spiritual Values Traditionally Associated With Conservatives

1. Naomi Wolf: The sexual revolution isn’t over yet. 2. (2 photos from the cover of “Promiscuities”)


Controversial Italian Receives Top Literary Award Dario Fo, Described As A Modern “Court Jester,” Stunned; Catholic Church Displeased

Dario Fo is congratulated by wife Franca Rame.


Long Bitter Journey Charles Frazier’s Novel Chronicles A Confederate Foot Soldier’s Harrowing Long Walk Home

Charles Frazier, a 46-year-old college professor, revised “Cold Mountain” 15 times during seven years of work before Atlantic Monthly Press bought it. Photo by Associated Press


Expatriate Writer William Brown Dies

William Slater Brown, one of the last of a generation of writers shaped by World War I and the experience of living as an expatriate in Europe, died June 22 …


An Age-Old Question Can We Conquer The Aging Process? UI Gerontologist Has His Doubts, But He’s Discovering More And More About Body’s Journey Through Life

1. Steven Austad wears the story of his aging process on his face. 2. Biologist Steven Austad displays copies of his book, “Why We Age,” at the Moscow Farmer’s Market. …


Advocate For The Homeless Makes His Case In Novel Form

A homeless man is arrested by Seattle police. Mystery writer G.M. Ford has become close friends with many Seattle transients and gives them voice in his stories. Photo by Associated …


Marsalis Awarded Jazz Music’s First Pulitzer

Marsalis


Reich Book Recalls Dog Days In D.C.

Midway through President Clinton’s first term, Labor Secretary Robert Reich found himself stuck in the dog door. Left without a key to his Washington house when his wife, Clare, was …


Sci-Fi Writer Optimist About Techno-Future

You can breathe easy. We’ll be OK. Planet Earth will still be here in 1,000 years. The human race will survive another millennium, too, and we might even learn a …


Creator Of ‘Thomas The Tank Engine’ Dies

The Rev. W. Awdry, who delighted generations of children with his tales of “Thomas the Tank Engine,” died Friday, his publisher said. The cause of death was not announced, but …


V.S. Pritchett, Master Of Short Story, Dies

V.S. Pritchett, a master of the English short story and keen observer of humanity who published more than 40 books of short stories, novels, essays, literary criticism and autobiographies, has …


New Yorker Writer Panter-Downes Dies

Mollie Panter-Downes, who wrote Letter from London for the New Yorker magazine, died Jan. 22. She was 90. Panter-Downes’ first Letter from London appeared Sept. 9, 1939, and her last …


Priest Draws From Experience Towrite Mystery

At first glance, it might seem strange that Brad Reynolds’ first novel is a murder mystery. Reynolds is, after all, a Jesuit priest. But that fact, in Reynolds’ view at …


Novel Cast Michael Dorris Blends Cultures And History In Latest Work

As well as “Cloud Chamber,” Michael Dorris’ books include “Broken Cord,” “Yellow Raft in Blue Water,” and two books for young readers, “Guests and “Morning Girl.” Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The …


Tales And Lessons Of Lochsa Country ‘The Power Of The Lochsa Gripped Me And Never Let Go’

Bud Moore’s first thought was to record the lore of the Lochsa River country of north central Idaho. His focus on history came naturally. He grew up on the eastern …


Paul Theroux Writes With Sardonic Wit

It takes a certain kind of writer to open a book with this line: “When people say of someone, ‘You’ll either love him or hate him,’ I always think I’ll …


High Seas Fiction Patrick O’Brian Brings Readers On Board With The Royal Navy In His Historical, Painfully True-To-Life Naval Adventures

1. Oil painting of a naval battle off the Barbary Coast. Artwork courtesy of Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA 2. “The Yellow Admiral,” the 18th and most recent of O’Brian’s …


Catholic Umbrella Paul Wilkes Writers Of The Freedom Vatican Ii Gave Catholics And How That Freedom Fits In Today’s Religion

Paul Wilkes writers from experience, having attended Catholic schools through college. Marianne Barcellona photo


Dr. Zhivago A True Story? In Love Letters, Pasternak Confirms His Mistress, Olga Ivinskaia, Was ‘Lara’

On screen and off, it was one of the most enduring love affairs of the 20th century. Those who saw the screen version will remember Omar Sharif and Julie Christie, …


Renowned Writer At Whitworth

Donald Hall


Perot Tells His Secrets To Success In New $13.99 Book

Even if they don’t elect him president, Americans can still tap into Ross Perot’s wealth of business knowledge by picking up his new book. “Ross Perot: My Life & Principles …


Forensic Entomologist E. Paul Catts Dies

E. Paul Catts, an entomology professor known for using insects to help police in homicide investigations, died of a heart attack Friday while playing lacrosse. Catts, 66, collapsed while playing …


‘Communal Voice’ Adds Life To Stories

1. Author Kathleen Tyau. 2. (photo of cover of book “A Little Too Much is Enough”)


Losses & Gains After A Tragic Accident, Whitworth Professor Rebounds And Writes A Book About His Suffering And Spiritual Growth

1. Whitworth professor Jerry Sittser knows the meaning of loss: His wife, mother and daughter were killed in a 1991 car accident. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review 2. (photo of …


Al Franken Holds People Accountable In ‘Big Fat’ Book

Al Franken


Best-Selling Mozart Biographer Dies At 92

Marcia Davenport, a biographer of Mozart and best-selling novelist, died Tuesday at 92. Her best-known book was her biography “Mozart,” which came out in 1932, and has been continuously in …


Northwest Presence Noted At Booksellers Convention

The “City of the Big Shoulders” turned into the City of the Big Wait. Or at least that’s how it often seemed to the 42,000 people who gathered here last …