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Building cyber library has appeal

I recently asked a friend in her late 20s if she planned on amassing a home library. She said that owning books isn’t a priority for now, as she’s gotten …

Alexie, Walter team up for Auntie’s appearance

Those who have attended readings by Jess Walter or Sherman Alexie know that both are funny and entertaining speakers – in addition to being world-class novelists. So when two of …

Barnes’ novel wins PEN award

Idaho writer Kim Barnes has won the fiction category in the PEN USA Literary Awards for her novel, “A Country Called Home.” PEN USA is the West Coast center for …

Brooks set to read latest at Auntie’s

Fans of fantasy sci-fi will be lining up at Auntie’s Bookstore on Tuesday to hear Terry Brooks, one of the giants of the genre, read from his latest novel, “The …

Free Comic Book Day scheduled for Saturday

Here’s a day that qualifies as a national holiday among some aficionados: Free Comic Book Day. That will be Saturday, and there will be several local events in conjunction with …

Readings feature novelist Beth Cooley

Spokane novelist Beth Cooley (“Shelter” and “Ostrich Eye,” which won the Delacorte Prize for First Young Adult Novel) will be busy this week with two big presentations: •“Gonzaga Reads: Beth …

Smiley serves up laughs at Hollywood’s expense in latest novel

Jane Smiley nails the Hollywood movie culture so thoroughly in her latest novel, “Ten Days in the Hills,” she clearly must run with the producer-director-agent crowd, right? “No,” laughs Smiley. …

Word play

Most people consider literature to be a spectator sport – you know, sitting and reading. But the 2009 Get Lit! festival is, without a doubt, a participant sport. Eastern Washington …

McManus will speak at EWU

His books may be recognized nationwide, but he’s still a Northwest local. Outdoor writer, humorist and longtime Spokane resident Patrick McManus will speak Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the JFK …

Amick’s ‘Smile’ snapshot of bygone memories

“Nothing But a Smile” (Pantheon Books, 336 pages, $24.95), by Steve Amick

Best-selling books

Fiction 1. “Handle with Care”

David Sedaris to read at Auntie’s

Auntie’s Bookstore has scored a coup. The store that pioneered Spokane-area literary readings will present none other than David Sedaris on June 13. The humor essayist/radio monologist, known for such …

Writer revives iconic private eye in new book ‘Spade & Archer’

“Spade & Archer” by Joe Gores (Alfred A. Knopf, 337 pages, $24)

Earlier Tolkien to be published

An early, long-unpublished work by the late J.R.R. Tolkien is coming out. “The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun,” a thorough reworking in verse of old Norse epics that predates Tolkien’s …

Best-selling books

Fiction 1. “The Associate”

Coeur d’Alene library holding writing contest

Writers take note: There will be ample opportunities for you to pick up some tricks of the trade over the next week. And for those who just want to jump …

Book review: ‘Nuclear’ offers dark humor

“Nuclear Jellyfish” by Tim Dorsey (William Morrow, 307 pages, $24.99)

Best-selling books

Fiction 1. “The Associate”

Get Lit! will offer kid-friendly events

When it comes to literary festivals, kids don’t normally come to mind. Who wants a bunch of adolescents messing around with all the stilton and syrah?

Nationally renowned poet will give two readings

Li-Young Lee’s life story reads like something out of epic poetry. From 1912-16, his great-grandfather served as China’s first republican president – and tried to install himself as emperor.

Best-selling books

Fiction 1. “Plum Spooky”

Updike, dead at 76, mirrored inner lives

WASHINGTON – John Updike, whose finely polished novels and stories exploring the virtues, vices and spent hopes of America’s small towns and suburbs earned him two Pulitzer Prizes and kept …

John Updike, prize-winning author, dies at 76

NEW YORK — John Updike, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, prolific man of letters and erudite chronicler of sex, divorce and other adventures in the postwar prime of the American empire, …

Boling receives NW Book Award

Former Spokesman-Review sportswriter Dave Boling’s novel “Guernica” was one of five books given a 2009 Pacific Northwest Book Award. The annual awards by independent booksellers from Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana …

Best-selling books

Fiction 1. “Plum Spooky”

‘Big Cook’ wants to help take the stress out of the big meal

If dreading the dinner drill is a daily affair, here’s the antidote: “The Big Cook.” Canadian authors Lorelei Thomas, Deanna Siemens and Joanne Smith are introducing their cookbook at 10 …

Here are some recommended reading lists from ’08

It’s another new year, yet some of us are literary laggards. Which means that, for one reason or another, we never got around to reading many of the books that …

Recalling 2008; resolutions for 2009

Three days past Christmas and the new year is looming. Time to recall a few memories from 2008 and work out a few resolutions for 2009.

Books have schools in a bind

Margie Wise’s son did not enjoy reading until his senior year at Coeur d’Alene High School, when he took a literature class that engrossed him in conversation about books like …

Spokane author returns to WWII

For years after he stared down death, Ray Daves couldn’t forget the face of the Japanese fighter pilot who came close to killing him. The event occurred on Dec. 7, …