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Libraries, publishers struggling to get on same digital page

Once upon a time, people read books on paper, and the publishers who printed them and the librarians who lent them to people were friends, or at least amicable partners. …


Now 81, Miss Florence will read from latest book at Auntie’s

Even the 4- and 5-year-olds on “Romper Room” seemed to know that Miss Florence, aka Florence Petheram, was out of the ordinary. They stared at her a lot, a mix …


Book review: Easy Rawlins returns in ‘Little Green’

From the moment he first appeared in “Devil in a Blue Dress” in 1990, Easy Rawlins was an instant favorite of discerning readers and literary critics alike. So the disappointment …


Book Notes: Sweeney hits Auntie’s on Friday

Actress-comedian-writer Julia Sweeney is returning to her hometown on Friday to read from her new book, “If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother.” The reading, at 7 p.m. at …


Monkeyboy Books has new owners

When Marina Drake’s husband, Robert Drake, started bringing home beautiful, high-quality used books, she didn’t suspect it was going to change her life and career. Robert Drake’s company had relocated …


Book Notes: Trueman’s ‘Neutral’ makes stage debut

Spokane writer Terry Trueman’s young adult novel “Stuck in Neutral” has been adapted into a play that debuted this weekend in Los Angeles. “Stuck in Neutral” tells the story of …


Vestal’s ‘Stories’ capture dark legacies of the West

Shawn Vestal’s darkly provocative story collection rivets a reader’s attention early on. And like the Mormon faith, which visits itself mightily upon many of these stories, it never really lets …


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 …


Book Notes: ‘Jazz & Poetry’ hits Bing stage

Lost Horse Press, a publishing house based in Sandpoint, will host “An Evening of Jazz & Poetry” next month in Spokane. The event, at 7:30 p.m. May 1 at the …


Book Notes: Walter’s ‘Ruins’ big-screen bound

“Beautiful Ruins,” Jess Walter’s bestselling and acclaimed 2012 novel, is headed to the silver screen. Oscar-nominated Todd Field (“In the Bedroom,” “Little Children”) will direct and will work with Walter …


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, …


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, …


Book Notes: McManus hits Auntie’s with latest in Tully series

Bestselling humor writer Patrick McManus will release the latest installment in his Bo Tully series on Monday. “The Tamarack Murders” ($24.95, Skyhorse) sends Blight County, Idaho, Sheriff Tully into the …


Books in Motion’s audio releases cater to readers on the go

Gary Challender is a lifesaver, and has the testimonials to prove it. Not bad for a guy who spends most of his time with his nose in novels.


Book Notes: Abrams lands at Auntie’s for Tuesday night reading

David Abrams spent 20 years in the Army as a journalist and public affairs specialists. During his career he served in places as far-flung as Japan, Thailand, Africa, Alaska and …


Book Notes: ‘Fobbit’ night set at Auntie’s

Montana writer David Abrams, whose debut novel “Fobbit” was named a notable book of 2012 by the New York Times, is coming to Spokane. Abrams is a 20-year U.S. Army …


Q&A: Hey, brother, learn to hold your water

Every few years, brothers Jess and Ralph Walter hit the road to cover their alma mater, Eastern Washington University, in various sporting events for The Spokesman-Review. In December, they missed …


Review: Walter’s short stories ‘funny, insightful’

We all know Jess Walter as a novelist. The award-winning “The Zero” and “Citizen Vince.” The lauded “The Financial Lives of the Poets.” And last year’s amazing “Beautiful Ruins.” With …


Jess Walter eager to release collection of short stories

Jess Walter has always written short stories. His first few – except the one he wrote for a writing contest and won $25 – didn’t make him a dime. But …


Book Notes: Sherman, Shields, Lindholt featured at Beacon Hill

Three Spokane writers will featured during the annual Beacon Hill Reading Series on Tuesday: Diane Sherman, author of the poetry collection “Walkabout” (2011), Sharma Shields, author of the short story …


Clark: Reading some heavy lifting might toughen kids up

John Goedde can try to laugh it off all he wants. But his idea to make Idaho high schoolers read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” is a keeper. I’ll go Goedde …


Local civilian contractors among first American POWs in WWII

After seven decades, Don Rumpel still gets choked up as he recalls his father’s internment in Japanese prison camps and his liberation at the end of World War II. His …


Spotlight: Oates joins 2013 lineup for Get Lit!

I think it’s fair to say that Joyce Carol Oates is the headliner of the headliners at this year’s Get Lit! Oates, author of “We Were the Mulvaneys” and dozens …


Books: ‘Rumsfeld’s Rules’ coming in May

NEW YORK — Here is a “known known” for publishing this spring: The many aphorisms of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld are coming out in book form. “Rumsfeld’s Rules” …


Book Notes: Hunt kicks off Auntie’s events

Now that the holiday lull is behind us, things are picking up on the book event front. Auntie’s Bookstore in downtown has an interesting lineup of out-of-town and local talent …


Book review: ‘Tribes of Hattie’ truly heartbreaking

The Lord has spoken. “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie,” a debut novel by Ayana Mathis, is the next choice of the Oprah 2.0 Book Club. Iowa Writers Workshop graduate Mathis …


Self-publishing offers an array of choices for authors

You can hardly swing a Kindle these days without hitting a published author. Novels, how-to guides, treatises, survival stories, childhood memories, community histories, personal memoirs – all are welcome in …


Book Notes: Times’ critic praises Lynch

Longtime New York Times critic Janet Maslin has included a novel by a former Spokesman-Review reporter on her list of 10 favorite books of 2012. And no, it was not …


Book Notes: Author’s first novel scores with critics

This past spring, Mt. Spokane High School English teacher Bruce Holbert published his first novel, “Lonesome Animals,” with Counterpoint Press. Since then, the Western detective story has garnered good reviews …


Travel books as gifts: From memoir to coffee table

NEW YORK – From memoirs and maps to beautiful hard-covers suitable for coffee-table display, here are some ideas for holiday gifts from this year’s crop of travel books and publications. …