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Book Review: In ‘Alternate Side,’ Anna Quindlen remains a keen observer

Quindlen is at her best in the regular exchanges between Nolan, who oversees the popular but artistically disregarded Museum of Jewelry, and a not-really-homeless man who nonetheless begs on its …


Spokane author Sarah Mackenzie touts years of family read-aloud time

Spokane author Sarah Mackenzie offers tips on how families can set aside a few minutes each week for continuing to read aloud as a family – well past children’s early …


UPDATED: Sun., April 1, 2018, 4:22 p.m.

The mystery of being J.A. Jance

Best-selling author coming to Spokane


American Life in Poetry: ‘Startled’ by Sally Bliumis-Dunn

I’ve never seen a frigate bird (or a frigate) but wanted to offer you a poem to prove that the hawks and crows of the Great Plains aren’t the only …


Sean Penn, Oscar winner, is now a novelist

This week, Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn joins such literary heroes as Norman Mailer and Jack Kerouac, not to mention such acting peers as Ethan Hawke and James Franco, as an …


Author Krakauer wins order for release of rape case records

A judge has ordered the conditional release of records about a University of Montana rape case to author Jon Krakauer after a four-year dispute that pitted student privacy against the …


American Life in Poetry: ‘Bird’ by Dorianne Laux

With Dorianne Laux I’ve shared the experience of having a bird enraged at her reflection in a window.


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 3:08 p.m.

Get tickets for Northwest Passages Book Club events

Tickets are available for April events hosts hosted by The Spokesman-Review’s popular Northwest Passages Book Club and Community Forum.


American Life in Poetry: ‘Yard Sale’

I’m devoted to yard and garage sales, and love to spend time with friendly strangers in scuffed front yards and oily, dim garages. Here’s a poem by Matthew Brennan, who …


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 6:46 p.m.

Publisher delays paperback of latest Alexie book

Hachette Book Group had planned to release the paperback of his memoir “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” in April. Hachette told The Associated Press on Sunday that …


Bruce Holbert takes a shot of ‘Whiskey’ in latest novel set in Eastern Washington

There’s violence in his latest book, “Whiskey,” which comes out Tuesday from Farrar Straus Giroux. But in his mind, it’s violence of a different variety.


UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018, 3:52 p.m.

Spokane writer Kim Chaffin finds God in the mundane

Kim Chaffin insists she’s no writer. “I can’t spell,” she said. “I once took a message at my dad’s business from someone who wanted a quote on rough castings. I …


Worth a thousand words: For Kate DiCamillo the story is always about connecting

Beloved children’s writer will be in Spokane on Saturday to present her new picture book, “La La La.”


American Life in Poetry: ‘Laundress’

One thing I’ve tried to do with this column is to show off poets who do indeed write about contemporary American life, and who see deep into the ordinary parts …


‘Hello, This is Oprah’: What it’s like when Oprah tells you your book will be in her Book Club

Author Tayari Jones has been keeping a big secret about her new book “An American Marriage” for a very long time, at least it has seemed that way.


Poet E.J. Koh grapples with love

“I think seeing the possibility of love, in anything, in betrayal, in war, in abuse – I think it asks us to be courageous. It asks us to notice love,” …


How Abdul-Jabbar became Kareem and decided to talk about it

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been a best-selling author, civil-rights activist, actor, historian and one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived. One thing Abdul-Jabbar has never been – at least …


Dennis Quaid narrates audiobook of ‘The Right Stuff’

“Who’s the best narrator you ever saw? You’re looking at him,” the actor said with a laugh during a recent telephone interview, invoking a signature line as the grinning astronaut …


Actress Jenifer Lewis embraces her bipolar self

Character actress Jenifer Lewis has played the hilarious, take-no-prisoners grandmother Ruby Johnson to great acclaim for 3


Tickets for Anne Lamott’s Get Lit appearance go on sale Feb. 24

Popular writer, writing teacher and progressive activist will speak at the Bing Crosby Theater on April 28.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 4:54 p.m.

Ursula K. Le Guin, writer behind Earthsea and ‘The Lathe of Heaven,’ dies at age 88

Le Guin won an honorary National Book Award in 2014 and warned in her acceptance speech against letting profit define what is considered good literature.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

With debut novel, Nancy Pearl chronicles the ups and downs of unlikely love

Super librarian Nancy Pearl never expected to write a novel. “It was never on my bucket list,” she said, speaking before an audience of nearly 170 people Saturday in the …


In remembrance of Sue Grafton, who created memorable detective Kinsey Millhone, and left a remarkable literary legacy

Why do so many of us read detective novels, putting ourselves into the worn shoe leather of obsessive loners determined to crack a case? I think it’s because there’s something …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 11:47 a.m.

Wiley Cash, J.K. Rowling, Margot Lee Shetterly top lists of popular library checkouts

Reviewing lists of top checkouts from both the Spokane Puiblic Library and the Spokane County Library District reveals patterns and trends about what Spokane read or listened to last year.


Facebook’s streaming TV service picks up series based on Spokane author’s debut novel

“The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly” by Stephanie Oakes will be told over 10 30-minute episodes on Facebook Watch.


Book World: ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ is a companion anthology to the new TV show

Philip K. Dick loved to write about ordinary guys. Ordinary guys who commute by space-car to Ganymede every morning. Or who make a wrong turn on a business trip and …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 11:12 a.m.

Alexie, Ruskovich among the winners at the Pacific Northwest Book Awards

Two authors from the Inland Northwest are among the winners of the 2018 Pacific Northwest Book Awards.


January author and action figure: Nancy Pearl joins the Northwest Passages Book Club

Pearl, the only librarian with her own action figure and the author of the novel, “George and Lizzie,” will be on stage in conversation with Sharma Shields, a Spokane author …


The books of 2018: Many good words ahead for Spokane-area readers

Coming out in 2018 are new volumes from a Pulitzer Prize winner with North Idaho roots, two winners of the Washington Book Award, popular local young adult authors and poets …


How to read more books in 2018

Will this be the year you hit the treadmill for an hour every day, make all your meals at home, learn a new language and max out your retirement savings …