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New book urges parents to reorder life for the sake of kids

Dr. Leonard Sax has been a family physician and psychologist for 27 years, conducting workshops around the world for parents, teachers, social workers, counselors, school psychologists and juvenile justice professionals.


Author Gonzales grounds the fantastical in reality

In his debut short story collection, “The Miniature Wife,” Manuel Gonzales spins tales about a highjacked plane that spend 20 years circling Dallas, a scientist who accidentally shrinks his wife, …


American Life in Poetry: “Lessons” by Vanessa Stauffer

Here’s a poem about origami, and about a good deal more than that, by Vanessa Stauffer, who teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.


Musician’s life provides fertile ground for prose

When you’re a touring musician, meeting unusual people in unexpected places on the road, you’re probably going to be inspired to document your travels. Korby Lenker does that, but not …


Tod’s time: Marshall relishes next role as Washington’s poet laureate

After a year filled with awards and accolades, 2016 kicks off with Marshall being named Washington’s new poet laureate


Morris makes a return trip to Idaho with ‘Travelers Rest’

The Sandpoint High School graduate, now a professor at Clemson University, will tour the region with his just-released third novel.


Beloved books are the ultimate time machine

There were a lot of books and stories read to me when I was a child, but two remain sharp in my memory.


Stephen King ponders death in new collection ‘Bazaar of Bad Dreams’

Stephen King has always addressed his “Constant Readers” in prefaces or afterwords to his books. He likes to share what inspired him or what he was thinking about when he …


Shann Ray goes mining for ‘American Copper’

Spokane author goes back to his Montana roots for first novel, ‘American Copper.’


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Novel too sexual for high school seniors, Coeur d’Alene school committee says

A novel that chronicles the difficult transition to American culture by a family from India contains descriptions of sexual conduct that are too explicit for high school seniors, a Coeur …


Phillips offers spiritual twist with ‘My Buddhist Christmas’

Phillips came to Buddhism later in life and wondered how his experience differed from that of his two kids, now 13 and 17. “When I started taking my kids to …


Doctors recognizing that reading, writing can be therapeutic

‘I really didn’t believe I would make it through childhood, but the act of writing brought me through.” Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s voice is whispery on the other end of …


Shawn Vestal: Spreading a little free literature in honor of Get Lit!

The dispersion followed no logic: Dickens and Whitman in Browne’s Addition. Sherman Alexie and Jonathan Lethem on the North Side. Marilynn Robinson and Joyce Carol Oates in the Perry District. …


Sharma Shields’ debut novel makes fantastical footprint

In a magical place known as Stateline, Idaho, a boy lives in a small house with his mother and father. Or at least he does until the day his mother …


New voice of the West

It’s not chick lit. Sarah Hulse’s novel “Black River” is the furthest thing from chick lit possible. This lean, taut debut book tells the story of Wes, a 60-year-old former …


For Strayed, writing ‘Wild’ was just the beginning

The big checks started coming in about nine months after “Wild” hit bookshelves and started its climb to the top of the New York Times best-seller’s list. To Oprah’s Book …


Donations to Christmas Bureau were fitting tribute to teacher

As a speech therapist and kindergarten teacher, Megan Brinson knew the importance of books and reading. “She really felt that literacy was the key for kids,” said her daughter, Taryn …


‘Swamplandia!’ author Karen Russell, headed to Spokane

To see childhood the most clearly required a certain number of years for Karen Russell, whose novel “Swamplandia!” – this year’s Spokane is Reading pick – stars an adolescent girl …


Doug Clark: We BOOBs say naughty novels don’t belong in high school hands

Ban Overly Offensive Books, the right-minded organization that was founded in this space almost 20 years ago, would like to shout a hearty “Amen!” to the brave trustees of Idaho’s …


Top 10 books for children, young readers

If you have a voracious young book-lover in the family, you know that the appetite for new books is bottomless. Here are our 10 favorite books of 2013 for small …


Christmas Bureau offers ethnically diverse books for kids

As she’s shopping for children’s books for the Christmas Bureau, Marilee Roloff hunts hard-to-find books that feature minority children. “We want to have books at the bureau that reflect the …


Holiday book list aims to entertain

Is there a better holiday gift than a good book? The recipient will still be turning its pages long after the lights and tinsel have been taken down, savoring the …


Book Notes: Walter, Wrigley shortlisted for PNBA awards

Two area authors have been shortlisted for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s 2014 Book Awards. Spokane’s Jess Walter was nominated for his short story collection, “We Live in Water.” University …


Of more than 120 novels read during 2013, these are my favorites

1. “The Gods of Guilt” by Michael Connelly. Little, Brown: This fifth outing with attorney Mickey Haller stretches the legal thriller’s boundaries. A character study about a very flawed man …


Book Notes: EWU’s Kevin Decker lands at Auntie’s

So there’s a “Doctor Who” expert at Eastern Washington University. Who knew?


Portrait of Yakama Indian Lokout adds to history of brother Qualchan

From 1907 to 1930, Seattle photographer Edward Curtis released 20 volumes of “The North American Indian,” a project that comprised 1,500 photographs of American Indians from tribes across the country. …


Patricia Cornwell brings back Scarpetta in ‘Dust’

NEW YORK – Patricia Cornwell never runs out of ideas for her intrepid forensic investigator, Kay Scarpetta. “Cybercrime is now a really big deal, and so Scarpetta is inevitably going …


In Nance Van Winckel’s second book out this year, a Spokane-centered family eyes its past

A train crash, a family swept to sea, a dropped baby, a botched surgery. The events in Nance Van Winckel’s short-story collection “Boneland” are dramatic and life-altering. But her stories …


Book Notes: De la Peña puts young adults first

Award-winning author Matt de la Peña has made a career out of writing for teenagers. The San Diego native who now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., has published four novels for …


Book Notes: Trio take spotlight at Beacon Hill event

The Beacon Hill Reading Series is hosting an Evening of Prose and Poetry at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The free event will feature Marianne Salina, a Spokane writer who is working …