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Bureau helps promote reading

Books have the power to entertain, educate and enrich lives. Like a vehicle, they transport the reader to another place or time, making current cares fade to the background. They’re …


Speaker series to host author-editor Bamonte

Spokane College Women’s Distinguished Speaker series will host author and editor Suzanne Bamonte on Wednesday at the Red Lion River Inn, 700 N. Division St., from noon to 1:30 p.m. …


Book Notes: Shields hits GU on Nov. 30 to talk leadership

Gonzaga University will bring author David Shields to Spokane for a series of talks Nov. 30. Shields has written 14 books, including “How Literature Saved My Life,” which will be …


Book Notes: Blended families star in Winget’s ‘Smidgen’

Unlike her character Piper Lee, Dianna Dorisi Winget’s future stepchildren didn’t try to sabotage her marriage to their father. “They’re both really good kids, but it’s still really difficult” to …


Book Notes: EWU’s Spatz will read from ‘Inukshuk’ Tuesday

Gregory Spatz, a writing professor at Eastern Washington University, will read from his latest book, “Inukshuk,” on Tuesday at North Idaho College. Spatz, who won a Washington State Book Award …


Book Notes: Author Six sets regional visits

Eva Gayle Six, author of the historical novel “Jennie’s Tiger,” has a couple of author events planned around the region this month. She will be at the Meyers Falls Market …


Book Notes: Quammen hits Auntie’s on Thursday

Bozeman writer David Quammen is coming to town this week in support of his new work on nonfiction, “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic.” Quammen will read at …


Alexie mixes previously published stories with batch of new ones

His is a story familiar to us by now, one that’s been fictionalized (loosely) and retold in a National Book Award-winning best seller. A boy is born on an Indian …


Book Notes: Alexie will read from ‘Blasphemy’ at North Central

We have some more details on Sherman Alexie’s upcoming reading in Spokane to mark the release of “Blasphemy,” a collection of new and previously published works due out Oct. 2. …


Book Notes: Tinman party will celebrate Gendron book

“Rattlebone,” a 128-page full color hardbound book collecting some 80 works by Spokane artist Ric Gendron, will be celebrated with a release party on Oct. 19 at The Tinman Gallery. …


Book Notes: Auntie’s sets Doig reading

I have to admit, whenever I read an Ivan Doig novel, I get an itch to move to Montana. Now that his latest, “The Bartender’s Tale,” is sitting on my …


Book Notes: Beagle, Grant visit Auntie’s for signings

We have a couple late additions to the list of local author events and news of appearances by well-known authors to tell you about. So grab your coffee, sit back …


Book Notes: Northwest authors will headline Mazama festival

The Mazama Festival of Books will feature 10 Northwest authors in its inaugural year. The festival will take place Aug. 18 and 19 at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Mazama, …


A ‘sweeping’ departure from comfort zone

The following descriptions have rarely, if ever, been applied to previous Jess Walter novels: “love story,” “sweeping” and “intergenerational.” “Gritty” and “darkly comic” were more like it.


For Walter, inspiration behind ‘Beautiful Ruins’ began on Italy trip

Fifteen years ago, Jess Walter and his wife traveled to Italy to visit her family. While there, the idea for a novel was born. That novel, “Beautiful Ruins,” will hit …


Book Notes: Mix of Johnsons set to appear at Auntie’s

It’s a June of Johnsons at Auntie’s Bookstore. Father and son Larry and Nathan Johnson will sign copies of their book, “Montana Waterfalls: A Guide for Sighters, Hikers and Waterfall …


The draw of the unknowable

The story of Sir John Franklin’s doomed 19th-century expedition in search of the Northwest Passage is full of mysteries. The last thing novelist Gregory Spatz wanted to do was solve …


Book Notes: Aunties’s offers local flavor with lineup of authors

Coming up at Auntie’s in the coming days: a slew of appearances by notable authors with local ties. Kate McLachlan will read from her paperback “Hearts, Dead and Alive” at …


Book Notes: Get Lit! will tip off with HooPalousa

As we inch closer to the start of Get Lit!, new details emerge. Such as this one: The 14th annual festival will tip off April 9 with a basketball game.


Your stories

Readers were invited to share personal stories about their favorite books, and more than two dozen responded. You can read them all at spokesman.com. Here are excerpts from a handful …


Printed books fight for survival in digital age

Books have always faced challenges. Cost was the first obstacle. Gutenberg’s early Bible sold for roughly three times what a clerk earned in a year.


Education Notes: Evergreen’s Books and Bingo Night is tonight

Students and parents at Evergreen Elementary School in the Mead School District can have a night of fun and get a book at Evergreen’s Books and Bingo Night, from 5 …


Book Notes: Novelist Egan set to read at GU

Time to mark your calendars for some upcoming author readings. Jennifer Egan, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2011 for “A Visit from the Good Squad,” will give …


Book Notes: Give the gift of reading

Just a reminder: Books make excellent Christmas presents. You can customize them to every taste. And you can write an inscription on the title page that your descendants might stumble …


Book Notes: D’Aoust book looks at world of dance

A fascinating book on a compelling subject – the world of high-level modern dance and ballet – by Sandpoint author Renée E. D’Aoust hits bookshelves this week. It’s an artistic …


Book Notes: Orlean, Whitehead top Get Lit! lineup

Some big literary names have been booked into Eastern Washington University’s Get Lit! Festival, coming April 11-15: • Susan Orlean, author of “The Orchid Thief” and the just-released “Rin Tin …


Book Notes: Schuller autobiography lands on shelves

Gunther Schuller’s new autobiography, “Gunther Schuller: A Life in Pursuit of Music and Beauty” (University of Rochester Press, $49.95), has arrived on the nation’s bookshelves. Schuller, who comes to Spokane …


Spotlight: Sendak exhibit promises wild time at EWU

Let the wild rumpus begin. A national traveling exhibition, “In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak,” arrives at Eastern Washington University on Thursday.


Best-seller to read from her latest, this year’s ‘Reading’ pick

Mary Roach’s latest best-seller, “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void,” is about the most awkward piece of equipment in the space program: the human body. …


Target volunteers help give library ‘Magic School Bus’ theme

The library at Adams Elementary School now has an infusion of 110 books thanks to a $500 grant from Target. “Each year, each Target store gives a $500 book grant …