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Tara Westover, a featured author for Spokesman’s Northwest Passages Book Club, to give presentation at UI

Author Tara Westover will take part in the Runstad Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Monday with a presentation on her book, “Educated: A Memoir.” Last May, she was a featured …


Author, actor, Kennedy scion Christopher Lawford dead at 63

Author and actor Christopher Kennedy Lawford, who was born into political and Hollywood royalty, sank into substance abuse and addiction and rose to become a well-known advocate for sobriety and …


Dylan Farrow to publish 2 young adult fantasy novels

Dylan Farrow is getting into the book business by releasing two young adult novels.


Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul dies at 85

V.S. Naipaul, the Trinidad-born Nobel laureate whose celebrated writing and brittle, provocative personality drew admiration and revulsion in equal measures, died Saturday at his London home, his family said. He …


Spokane sci-fi/fantasy writer wins publication, trip to LA and more

Jeremy TeGrotenhuis recently returned from Hollywood, where he was honored at the 34th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards for Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests in Science Fiction …


Author Krakauer wins order for release of rape case records

A judge has ordered the conditional release of records about a University of Montana rape case to author Jon Krakauer after a four-year dispute that pitted student privacy against the …


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 12:08 p.m.

Award-winning author Kate Wilhelm dies at 89

Award-winning science fiction writer Kate Wilhelm has died at 89.


Sherman Alexie apologizes amid sexual misconduct allegations

Sherman Alexie, one of the country’s most prominent authors, issued an apology Wednesday amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Sherman Alexie addresses the sexual misconduct allegations that have led to fallout

Prominent Washington state writer Sherman Alexie issued a statement Wednesday acknowledging that he’s hurt people over the years, addressing for the first time anonymous accusations of sexual harassment against him …


Justice Sonia Sotomayor working on 3 books for young people

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is working on three books for young readers.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 1:04 p.m.

Panel endorses Ken Kesey name for Eugene’s downtown square

A citizen advisory committee has voted to rename Eugene’s downtown plaza in honor of Ken Kesey, the author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” and “Sometimes a Great Notion.”


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 12:59 p.m.

Paddington bear creator Michael Bond dies at 91

Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books, said Bond “will be forever remembered for his creation of the iconic Paddington, with his duffel coat and wellington boots, which touched …


David Sedaris diaries are mundane, profane, downright odd

David Sedaris, over more than a quarter century, has earned many job descriptions: humorist, playwright, essayist, author and radio contributor.


Fire guts New York bar favored by author Jack Kerouac

NORTHPORT, N.Y. – A famous New York bar once frequented by Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac has been gutted by a fire. Officials in the village of Northport on Long …


From counting worms at White Elephant to writing, Laura McBride discovered hard work pays offs

McBride is returning to her former stomping grounds to mark the release of “’Round Midnight,” released last week from Touchstone, with a reading at Auntie’s. In an email interview, McBride …


UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017, 12:18 p.m.

‘Hidden Figures’ author setting next book in Baltimore

Viking told The Associated Press on Monday that it had a two-book deal with Margot Lee Shetterly that will continue her quest to tell of African-Americans who have been overlooked …


UPDATED: Sun., April 9, 2017, 11:54 a.m.

Book World: Baldwin wields the pen against his own soul

The portrait on the cover of Alec Baldwin’s new memoir does not show a celebrity basking in the glow of a long and lustrous career. It shows a man who …


UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 6:37 p.m.

For Spokane’s John Patrick Lynch, a battle becomes a memoir

In his recently released memoir, “Tales of an Old Katfish,” (The Rheumatoid Arthritis Project, 2016) Lynch, 69, writes, “… the inflammation continued to wage unrelenting war on my joints.”


‘Watership Down’ author Richard Adams dies at age 96

British author Richard Adams, whose 1972 book “Watership Down” became a classic of children’s literature, has died, according to his daughter. He was 96.


Best-selling author J.D. Vance returning to Ohio to try to help

After writing and talking repeatedly about the problems facing the kind of people he grew up with, best-selling author J.D. Vance is coming back to his home state to try …


Spokane author Farrell tells stories of two remarkable women

Mary Cronk Farrell had adapted the best-seller “Irene’s Children” for young readers, and released a children’s book about labor activist Fannie Sellins called “Fannie Never Flinched.”


At 93, legendary climber Fred Beckey still plotting routes

He’s notched more first ascents than any other American mountaineer, wrote the definitive guidebooks to a major North American mountain range, and at age 93, Fred Beckey is still plotting …


Tim LaHaye, author of ‘Left Behind’ end times novels, dies

The author of the best-selling “Left Behind” novels about the return of Jesus and the rapture has died. A publicist for the Rev. Tim LaHaye said the novelist died Monday …


Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and author, dead at 87

NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has died. His death was announced Saturday by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. No other details were immediately available. …


’Eat Pray Love’ author separating from husband

The author of “Eat Pray Love” is splitting up with her husband, whom she describes meeting at the end of her million-selling memoir.


Alvin Toffler, author of 1970 bestseller ‘Future Shock,’ dies at 87

Alvin Toffler, author of the influential 1970 futurist bestseller “Future Shock,” died Monday in his sleep at his home in Bel-Air, according to Yvonne Merkel, a spokeswoman for his Reston, …


Witness in ‘Serial’ murder case, now living in Spokane, writes memoir

Asia McClain Chapman didn’t know what a podcast was when friends began contacting her at her home in Spokane nearly two years ago. Now, the star alibi witness has written …


Cindy Hval’s regular newspaper feature inspires book of WWII romances

Plenty of World War II-era books cover history, yet little ink captures the love stories behind the greatest generation. Young couples facing wartime trials forged relationships as seeds to 60- …


Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America’s passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico …


The Verve: 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, …