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Tuesday, January 15, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Book Notes: Alexie visits to celebrate short stories

It’s been 20 years since Sherman Alexie published his short story collection “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.” Twenty years since critics lauded the collection with comparisons to …


Spokane Is Reading author talks about setting’s role in real-life happiness

It was the winter weather that made Maria Semple love Seattle, which might be surprising, because other people in Seattle talk about the rain and clouds there in incredulous terms, …


Book Notes: National Book Award winner Alexie to read at the Bing

Sherman Alexie’s breakthrough book, “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” is turning 20, and his most recent collection of stories, “Blasphemy,” is out in paperback soon. Must be …


Book review: Author shines with ‘Doctor Sleep’

Consider this the sequel you never knew you were waiting for, but will be very glad it arrived. Thirty-six years after introducing readers to Danny Torrance and a precognitive ability …


Book Notes: Spotlight on Crutcher during Banned Book Week

Spokane’s Chris Crutcher has written 14 books aimed at the young adult audience. He’s also consistently among the authors most often challenged in schools and public libraries, according to the …


Spokane book binder carries on his father’s passion

Willem Bosch’s Dutch grandmother watched neighbors fleeing their homes during World War I, carrying little more than their family Bibles. “So when dad was 14, his mother advised him to …


Book Notes: Vestal, Olstein launch GU series

This year’s Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series will kick off with two local writers telling very different stories about life in the West and will include acclaimed Chickasaw writer Linda …


Pearls of wisdom

Gordon Jackson has a thing for quotes. Quotes about media, quotes about travel, quotes about career advice and politics, his collection includes several thousand 3-by-5 study cards and more than …


Book Notes: Ford lands at Auntie’s for reading

It’s what aspiring novelists dream of: Their first book finds a publisher, is released to acclaim and sells a ton of copies. That is Jamie Ford’s story. His debut novel, …


Book review: Kerouac’s ‘Mexican Girl’ brought to life

As Jack Kerouac described her, she was “the cutest little Mexican girl” who happened across his path at a bus stop in Bakersfield, Calif., and became “Terry” in his classic …


Lonely Planet founder’s book recounts travels to troubled lands

NEW YORK – Tony Wheeler wrote his first travel book with his wife, Maureen, in 1973 after driving across Europe and Asia. It sold 1,500 copies in a week and …


Gilbert returns to first literary love, fiction, with a novel out this fall

NEW YORK – Elizabeth Gilbert spent enough years as a memoir writer, and had so much success, that even her admirers forget that she started out in fiction. “For all …


Book Notes: Novelist Ford visits Auntie’s on Sept. 11

Literature fans, mark your calendars. Jamie Ford, whose 2009 debut novel “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” was a New York Times best-seller, Montana Book Award winner and …


Review: New book puts focus on Civil War photographer

Civil War photographer Mathew Brady largely taught himself the finer points of the two pursuits that have linked his name to history: taking pictures and self-promotion. The son of Irish …


Book Notes: Gross, Milchman, Quirk set to read at Auntie’s

Auntie’s Bookstore is bringing some authors from out of the area to the store this month. First up is Josh Gross, who works as a reporter for the Boise Weekly. …


Rowling surprises with light, fun ‘Cuckoo’s Calling’

Full disclosure: I never would have guessed. I’ve read every book J.K. Rowling has published, some of them several times over. OK, all of them several times over. And still, …


Filmmaker’s wit enlivens ‘My Lunches With Orson’

Orson Welles would enter the trendy Los Angeles restaurant Ma Maison through the kitchen, thus avoiding being seen arriving by wheelchair. His girth as wide as his talent, the director …


Book Notes: Spokane author Miller keeps the projects coming

Linda Lael Miller is prolific. And that is a vast understatement. The Spokane author has written more than 100 novels of historical and contemporary romance fiction, mostly Western. One of …


Book review: ‘Mickey and Willie’ finds parallels between greats

Books about Major League Baseball abound. It is a sport that seems to inspire more professional writers than other sports do. But those writers too often have become so wrapped …


Book Notes: Another chance to ‘Find Waldo’

Waldo is back in Spokane. The bespectacled boy in the red-and-white striped hat – the kid who has a knack for blending in with large crowds in the book series …


Book Notes: ‘Longmire’ creator will read at Auntie’s in July

If you’ve been watching “Longmire” on A&E, you’re already familiar with the Wyoming sheriff created by Craig Johnson. If you’re not watching, you have a chance to hear about Walt …


Summer reading program under way

Spokane Public Library’s summer reading program, Dig Into Reading, is already under way but it’s not too late for children and teens to sign up at local library branches. Participating …


Join summer reading program

Spokane Public Library’s summer reading program, Dig Into Reading, is underway but it’s not too late to sign up at local library branches. Participating children receive a reading log at …


Book Notes: Beeman set to share book of poetry

Linda Beeman’s poetry is set in the hard country of Idaho’s Silver Valley. In her chapbook of poems simply titled “Wallace, Idaho,” the Wallace native writes about mine deaths and …


Book review: Carlson talks Idaho politics in ‘Medimont Reflections’

Chris Carlson can say pretty much anything he wants, and he does, in his new memoir on Idaho politics, “Medimont Reflections.” After a 40-year career as a reporter, press secretary, …


Book review: Brown’s ‘Inferno’ has heat, lacks warmth

Some years ago, I was on a book reviewing panel when someone in the audience asked what we, the panelists, thought of “The Bridges of Madison County,” which was then …


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 …