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Get Lit: Poet Schirmann uses ‘Popular Music’ to explore identity, creativity, life

Literary rock stars make pilgrimage to Spokane for annual Get Lit festival.

Get Lit festival highlights

Lovers of literature are set to celebrate this week as Get Lit kicks off seven days of free and low cost programs designed to foster a passion for reading and …

Amber Tamblyn stresses the importance of turning rage into action

Part memoir, part call to arms, the collection of essays functions as an exploration of Tamblyn’s feminist evolution and an exhortation against systemic sexism and misogyny.

Everything is Copy: The arc of the season

It was, I think, simply coincidence that on the anniversary of his death, my interest in college basketball revived. It wasn’t because we shared that passion. Spectator sports held little …

From poem to plate: Get Lit’s newest addition pairs poetry with a 12-course meal

The Four Seasons dinner is a fundraiser and new addition to the Get Lit line up.

American Life in Poetry: ‘Taking Turns’

I like this poem for the way it portrays the manner in which we study the behavior of others and project our own experiences onto their lives.

Coeur d’Alene Food and Wine Festival returns for a second year

Food, wine, demonstrations, and even a hike of Tubbs Hill are on the agenda in Coeur d’Alene this weekend.

Humorist, author David Sedaris announces Nov. 11 show at the Bing

Pre-sale tickets for the Nov. 11 event are $46-$51 and are on sale now through the Bing using promo code DAVID. General public tickets go on sale April 19 at …

Creating spaces for the soul: Linda Lawrence brings the Hearth to bookshelves

Warm spring sunlight streamed through the stained glass window at the Hearth recently, bedazzling the cozy chair beneath it. For 18 years, tired travelers and busy community leaders have enjoyed …

UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 4:42 p.m.

Book World: Remembering Kurt Cobain as a sweetly childlike, achingly opaque creative force

The ever-expanding library of books about Nirvana and its frontman, Kurt Cobain, is surprisingly light on first-person accounts. Most of its canonical texts, like Charles R. Cross’ “Heavier Than Heaven” …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Pinned in Place’ by Thomas Reiter

Ezra Pound commanded America’s poets to “Make it new.” And here’s a good example. Has there ever been another poem written, and written beautifully, about children playing among laundry drying …

UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 3:43 p.m.

Food for Fines lets library patrons pay fines by donating food

During National Library Week, Sunday through April 13, Spokane County Library District patrons with fines on their account can get up to $20 of fines forgiven by donating food.


For the week ending on March 23.

UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Tommy Orange’s ‘There There’ selected as University of Idaho’s 2019-20 Common Read

Tommy Orange will speak in the International Ballroom of the Bruce M. Pitman Center on Nov. 5.

UPDATED: Sun., March 24, 2019, 8:20 p.m.

Reading the Northwest: How Nicole Chung found a family she never knew

The author of “All You Can Ever Know” joins the Northwest Passages Book Club on May 14.

Everything is Copy: Curtailing speech

We’re living in a curious time. Even those who profess a commitment to issues of diversity and tolerance slip up in their speech and betray old-fangled ways of thinking. It …

Books: Sandra Day O’Connor, the female Supreme Court justice who led the way for others

That Sandra Day O’Connor found herself the highest-ranking woman ever in American government was no accident. Evan Thomas vividly sketches the attributes she used to clear the high barriers to …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Happiness’

Is it worse to live in a city where you can’t see a big storm coming until it’s right on top of you, or to be out on the plains …


Best-selling books for the week ending on March 16

Mark your calendar: New dates for Northwest Passages include Ana and Curt Warner, Washington AG Bob Ferguson

Curt and Ana Warner, and Washington AG Bob Ferguson are among the upcoming guests of the Northwest Passages Book Club.

UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 4:08 p.m.

Books: In ‘The Bird King,’ the Spanish inquisition sets a fantastical plot in motion

In “The Bird King,” a novel that begins with considerable promise, G. Willow Wilson whips up a head-spinning blend of realism, fantasy and history. The novel opens in the court …

Spokane is Reading selects ‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller for 2019 community reading event

Miller will appear in Spokane for two free events on Oct. 24. The first is at 1 p.m. at the Spokane Valley Event Center, 10514 E. Sprague Ave., and the …

UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 10:52 p.m.

Shields dives through nuclear bomb history of ‘loose lips sink ships’ at Northwest Passages Book Club

Before her first novel was published, Spokane author Sharma Shields was already looking to start writing another book.

It’s all happening at the library: Spokane’s library systems go beyond books

Here are some things that might surprise you about the local libraries.

UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 11:20 a.m.

Northwest Passages: Librarian Nancy Pearl continues to share her love of books

Pearl talks about her next book, the novel that is keeping her up at night, and the evolving role of libraries.

The Book of Mel: Doug and Sherry Clark, two of Mel McCuddin’s many fans, publish the coffee table book ‘McCuddin: The Inner Eye’

Doug and Sherry Clark collaborate on a new book celebrating their favorite artist: Spokane’s Mel McCuddin.

Spokane’s Brooke Matson wins Jake Adam York Prize

“In Accelerated Silence” will be published by Milkweed Editions in February 2020, and Matson will receive $2,000.

Poetry book by two WSU students goes viral

Some people pay their way through college by taking out loans or receiving scholarships. Others work multiple jobs. Makenzie Campbell is paying for it with poetry.

Spokane Valley’s C.K. Crigger wins Western Writers of America Spur Award

It took Crigger about six months to write “The Woman Who Built a Bridge,” which was published in October through Wolfpack Publishing.

‘My Fair Junkie’ author Amy Dresner to speak at Auntie’s

Amy Dresner chronicled her journey to sobriety in “My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean.”