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Everything is Copy: Boaty McBoatface, isolation and exclusion

Tell people they get to choose, and then don’t listen to them, and you’re left with citizens who act like pissed off children. Say you trust them with power, and …

American Life in Poetry: ‘My Cousin, Milton’

In one of my recent columns I wrote about the importance to the overall effect of a poem of having a strong ending, and here’s a fine example of that.

UPDATED: Sun., July 15, 2018, 7:50 p.m.

This man’s house is crammed with books. His new Richland store could feature 50,000

Steven Woolfolk said he thinks there are more than 30,000 books in his house, and that total doesn’t include his three storage rooms and another facility.

‘Stellaluna’ creator celebrates 25th anniversary with exhibit

Generations of toddlers have grown up reading “Stellaluna,” the beautifully illustrated tale of the little lost bat raised by birds. But very few readers know the story behind the picture …

Northwest Passages Book Club: ‘The Spokane River’ tells the story of a city’s lifeblood

A river defines a city like nothing else. Think of London and the Thames, Paris and the Seine, New York and the Hudson. Spokane, of course, has the Spokane River, …

Review: Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s ‘The President Is Missing’ is an awkward duet

“The President Is Missing” reveals as many secrets about the U.S. government as “The Pink Panther” reveals about the French government. And yet it provides plenty of insight on the …

Life without arena football: Terrance Sanders writes new chapters in journey after football

Terrance Sanders experienced numerous ups and downs during his lengthy arena football career. That’s continued in his post-football life.

She’s a successful TV star. But she’s still grappling with her parents’ deportation.

When she was 14, Diane Guerrero, the actress best known for her roles in “Orange Is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin,” was separated from her immigrant parents, too.

Northwest Passages Book Club dives into ‘The Spokane River’

The Northwest Passages Book Club welcomes “The Spokane River” editor Paul Lindholdt and other writers for an evening of words, wine and live music on July 11.

American Life in Poetry: ‘Strict Diet’

James Crews, who lives in Vermont, was for two years our assistant at American Life in Poetry. A fine poet in his own right, he has just published a new …

Northwest Passages Book Club: Learning to Fly from ‘Kickflip Boys’ by Neal Thompson

Neal Thompson’s new memoir of fatherhood tells the intimate story of raising rebellious teenagers who love to skate. He shares an excerpt in advance of his June 13 visit to …

Chuck Palahniuk ‘close to broke’ as accountant faces fraud charges of $3.4 million

Portland author Chuck Palahniuk, who rose through the ranks of the literary world following the big-screen adaptation of his novel “Fight Club,” said “years of income” have been wiped out …

American Life in Poetry: ‘In Spring’ by Rose King

I’m writing this column in the earliest days of another spring, and here’s a fine spring poem from Rose King’s book “Time and Peonies,” from Hummingbird Press. The poet lives …

Everything is Copy: On sabbatical

Teaching is only part of the job. I am expected to be a good citizen of the university and to help keep it running, hand in hand with full-time administrators.

Spokane sci-fi/fantasy writer wins publication, trip to LA and more

Jeremy TeGrotenhuis recently returned from Hollywood, where he was honored at the 34th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards for Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests in Science Fiction …

UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

‘Educated’ author Westover talks in Spokane about her survivalist childhood, meaning of learning

Best-selling author Tara Westover talked to a crowed of about 700 people Thursday night at the Bing Crosby Theater as part of The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages.

UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 5:59 p.m.

From survivalist to storyteller: Best-selling ‘Educated’ author Tara Westover comes to Spokane on Thursday

Tara Westover grew up in a survivalist family on an Idaho mountain. She watched the school bus roll past, but never joined the local kids at school. She never saw …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Good News’ by Steve Langan

Some of the mannerisms of poetry that can get in the way of an everyday reader’s enjoyment are elevated diction, obscure references, and a vocabulary that requires a trip to …

Northwest Passages Book Club: Jess Walter loves his hometown – he really does

Spokane novelist joins the Northwest Passages Book Club on May 16.

New children’s book dives deep into the Salish Sea

A jellyfish, luminous and mysterious, floats through dark water. A gull looks like it’s trying to talk with its mouth full of a starfish. And a sea lion swims straight …

UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 9:53 a.m.

Dorothy Dean Cooking School: For guest speaker Kathleen Flinn, ‘food is never the end’

Kathleen Flinn, the author of “The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry,” dishes on how she started cooking, her favorite things to make, and her new podcast.

Amazon introduces kids book program for Prime members

After years spent getting people comfortable ordering books online, Amazon is trying out just delivering them to customers automatically.

Our Town Poetry: ‘Life in Spokane’ by Bethany Montgomery

For National Poetry Month in April, we’re publishing a series of poems by readers about Spokane.

UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 2:06 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club: Author J.A. Jance on the art of (re)invention

Best-selling author J.A. Jance, the latest author to be featured by The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club, is the author of 56 novels, spanning series featuring such characters as Arizona …

Book club: Get tickets for Jess Walter and added J.A. Jance session

In response to strong reader interest, the Northwest Passages Book Club has added a second book talk and signing with bestselling mystery author J.A. Jance. Tickets are available for the …

In new book, Comey says Trump ‘untethered to truth’

Former FBI Director James Comey blasts President Donald Trump as unethical and “untethered to truth” and calls his leadership of the country “ego driven and about personal loyalty” in a …

UPDATED: Mon., April 9, 2018, 11:35 a.m.

Review: With “Macbeth,” Jo Nesbo’s turns Shakepeare’s Scottish play into a tale of drug wars and police corruption

“Macbeth” is a modern-day drug-war, power-struggle, double-cross, lawmen-versus-gangsters recast of Shakespeare’s Scottish play, “Macbeth.”

Reading the Northwest: An unlikely journey from Idaho isolation to halls of Harvard

Tara Westover was raised without a birth certificate, medical care or a formal education. “Educated,” the gripping story of Westover’s self-invention after a brutally hard upbringing, is winning acclaim across …

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 …