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‘Thank You, Teacher’: Book gets a new life

Bruce and Holly Holbert revise and expand their collection of teacher appreciation essays into a new book, “Thank You, Teacher.”

Pulitzer winner William Finnegan to speak at Auntie’s

William Finnegan has made a career of reporting stories in far-flung parts of the world: Africa, Asia, Europe, even Sunnyside, Washington, where in 1996 he wrote about the gang troubles …

American Life in Poetry: ‘The Way We Said Goodbye’ by Mark Vinz

I can’t help wishing that dogs lived as long as we do. I have buried a number of them, and it doesn’t get any easier. In fact, it gets harder. …

Book review: ‘Daredevils’ a thrilling ride

Shawn Vestal has launched a thrilling motorcycle leap of his own, bold, fast-paced and seemingly headed for oblivion. Readers are advised to hang on for a wild and rewarding ride.

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Google’s online library

The Supreme Court turned away a challenge Monday to Google’s online book library from authors who complained that the project makes it harder for them to market their work.

Poetry has a place in all 12 months

Washington’s poet laureate, Tod Marshall, curated a collection of poems from regional writers for National Poetry Month.

For poetry fans, April is hardly cruel

T.S. Eliot famously wrote that April is the cruelest month. But in celebrating National Poetry Month, we finds it’s hardly a wasteland. Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall has curated a …

‘Blackfish Prophecy’ spurred by whale of a tale

The Beluga whale swam to the edge of the tank and peered at Rachel Clark through the glass. Clark slowly nodded. The whale nodded back. She waved her arm. The …

‘26 Songs in 30 Days:’ How Woody Guthrie wrote those great songs – for $266

Greg Vandy, known for his engaging KEXP roots-music show, “The Roadhouse,” lovingly unravels that tale in this cleanly written, handsomely designed and liberally illustrated book about Woody Guthrie’s month-plus tenure …

Happy accident a reason to celebrate for Vestal, Ligon

Shawn Vestal and Sam Ligon are friends. And it was a happy accident that both writers are releasing books in April, just in time for Get Lit, Eastern Washington University’s …

In debut novel, author Shawn Vestal dares to challenge traditions

Shawn Vestal’s debut novel, “Daredevils,” is released from Penguin Press on Tuesday.

Ligon balances dark and light with dual book release

Most authors don’t release two books at the same time. But to Sam Ligon, it made perfect sense to bring his story collection “Wonderland” and the novel “Among the Dead …

American Life in Poetry: “A Lobsterman Looks at the Sea” by Richard M. Berlin

Richard M. Berlin is a doctor and poet, or a poet and doctor, and in this poem from his book “Practice,” from Brick Road Poetry Press, he honors the wisdom …

Review: ‘The South Side’ explores American segregation

Journalist Natalie Y. Moore grew up in Chatham on Chicago’s South Side, “a solid black middle-class neighborhood” where her college-educated parents worked as a teacher and a Shell Oil middle …

American Life in Poetry: ‘I Wore This Dress Today for You, Mom,’ by Kim Dower

When I was a boy, because of the song, I thought there really was an Easter parade, but the Easters came and went without one. But here’s a glimpse of …

Local novelists win honors

It was a good week for Spokane writers.

Poet Robyn Schiff explores domestic horrors in ‘A Woman of Property’

Poet Robyn Schiff did not set out to write about the dark side of home life. “In fact, I did not want to write about domestic horrors,” she said with …

American Life in Poetry: ‘My Mother Worries About My Hat’ by Richard Jarrette

In my limited experience, mothering and worrying go hand in hand. Here’s a mother’s worry poem by Richard Jarrette, from his fine book, “A Hundred Million Years of Nectar Dances.” …

Police shootings of blacks influence crime fiction genre

The wave of police killings that helped launch the Black Lives Matter movement is also influencing a genre that captured tensions between police and non-white communities well before the rise …

Harry Potter author’s chair heading to auction

The humble chair J.K. Rowling sat on while writing the first two books of the Harry Potter series is going on the auction block in New York City on April …

American Life in Poetry: ‘The Paper Boy’ by Thomas R. Smith

I suppose some of the newspapers that carry this column still employ young people to deliver the news, but carriers are now mostly adults. I had two paper routes when …

Memoir captures friendship in snapshots

Author Joseph Haeger, 29, wrote the novella-length memoir while finishing up his English degree with an emphasis on creative writing at Eastern Washington University. The catalyst was the death Ryan …

American Life in Poetry: ‘This Morning’ by Jo McDougall

Here’s a poem of loss by Jo McDougall, from her collected poems, “In the Home of the Famous Dead,” from the University of Arkansas Press. Like many deeply moving poems, …

American Life in Poetry: “Enough Music” by Dorianne Laux

Here’s a fine poem by Dorianne Laux. Her most recent book is “The Book of Men” (W.W. Norton & Co., 2012) and she lives in North Carolina.

KSPS documentary highlights Maxey’s accomplishments

Carl Maxey’s story contains enough material to fill several biographies. It’s impossible to condense his life down to just one accomplishment. He was a medic in the military, a champion …

Book Notes: Region’s poets laureate will gather on Thursday

Poets laureate, Tim Egan plan stops at Auntie’s, while Jack Nisbet heads to Coeur d’Alene.

Fairy tale nuptials: ‘Lilac City Fairy Tales’ hits the Bing

“Lilac City Fairy Tales” returns with new authors and new stories

Book notes: Beacon Hill series brings Rognes, Matson, Cartwright together for reading

Three Spokane writers will read from their work at the Beacon Hill Reading Series at Spokane Community College on Wednesday.

New book details dying doctor’s quest to find meaning

In his posthumously published “When Breath Becomes Air,” Paul Kalanithi gets straight to the sudden turning point in his life: the day the Stanford neurosurgery chief resident looked at a …

Kondo is back with more tidying advice in ‘Spark Joy’

Author of the international best-seller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” (Ten Speed Press, 2014), Kondo became famous for advising readers how to transform their lives by sifting through their …