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Summer Stories: Britnay

In week 8 of Summer Stories: The Road Trip, Spokane author Chelsea Martin watches as a daughter learns the hard lessons not passed down from her mother.


Everything is Copy: Keeping Clean

As a kid, I remember being baffled by the way my grandparents scurried about their Manhattan apartment before the cleaning lady showed up. As a young adult, I couldn’t believe …


American Life in Poetry: ‘Covering the Mirrors’ by Carol V. Davis

Carol V. Davis lives in California, and once was an artist-in-residence at the Homestead Monument in Nebraska, where I met her. The following poem, her fourth to be published in …


From Reese Witherspoon to SJP, the rise of celeb book clubs

Jimmy Fallon isn’t the only celebrity to follow in Oprah Winfrey’s footsteps with a book club. Reese Witherspoon has made such a success of her monthly literary picks that publishers …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 12, 2018, 1:37 p.m.

Eli Saslow will discuss ‘Rising Out of Hatred’ with the Northwest Passages Book Club

Saslow’s newspaper story on Derek Black, a white nationalist who changed his views, won a PEN Award. His book is due out in September.


Summer Stories: ‘Lakes’

In week 7 of Summer Stories: The Road Trip, English teacher, cartoonist and novelist Simeon Mills imagines a world where “the family you make” has a very different connotation.


Local author’s novel garners awards

For Mary Mendenhall, writing a book is not the stuff of dreams. It’s what happened to her when she was praying in a chapel in Kampala, Uganda.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 5:33 p.m.

Spokane’s Stephanie Oakes a nominee for the Washington State Book Award

Her second novel, “The Arsonist,” will compete in the category of Books for Young Adults (ages 13 and up).


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club: Summer Stories, Road Trip Edition

More than 150 people turned out Wednesday night as The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club presented an evening of Summer Stories based on the newspaper’s annual short fiction series.


Book review: Princess Margaret’s beauty and arrogance are on parade in ‘Ninety-Nine Glimpses’

Craig Brown’s delectable “Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret” is not a novel, though its subject seems like a sublime work of fiction, too imperious to be true.


Summer Stories: Queen of the Road

In week 6 of Summer Stories: The Road Trip, novelist and English professor Kim Barnes, of Moscow, Idaho, traces one woman’s journey through sobriety to fulfillment.


American Life in Poetry: ‘No Encore’ by Betty Adcock

For me, poetry’s most moving subject is impermanence, and I will never read too many poems about it, each with their own very personal and specific points of view.


Hemingway story from 1956 published for first time

“A Room on the Garden Side,” written in 1956, appears in the summer edition of The Strand Magazine.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 3:59 p.m.

Reading the Northwest: Crutcher’s darkly humorous stories can’t match teens’ reality

Spokane author Chris Crutcher talks about his new novel and recent experiences on the front lines of high school shootings.


Book club: Take a Road Trip at Summer Stories Night

Northwest Passages hosts an evening of live storytelling with summer tunes, wine and burgers, too. Get tickets.


Summer Stories: ‘The Old Road’ by Shann Ray

In week 5 of Summer Stories: The Road Trip, Shann Ray tells of one man’s journey toward love.


American Life in Poetry: ‘After the Opera’ by Richard Schiffman

Here is a poem by Richard Schiffman that has a little fun with the hair-on-fire excesses of grand opera.


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 1:33 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club hosts ‘Summer Stories’ Aug. 8

Local authors Stephanie Oakes, Alexis Smith, Shawn Vestal and Kris Dinnison share new fiction about road trips.


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 …