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Excerpt: Barry’s book hits smaller big cities – like Spokane

Among those not-quite-the-biggest cities: Spokane, where on Oct. 1, 2015, Todd Barry headlined a show at the Bartlett.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 10:12 p.m.

Mystery writer Sue Grafton dies in California

Her daughter concluded her posting by saying, “the alphabet now ends at Y.”

Perry writes about the ‘Higher’ power that sustains him

Tyler Perry has always relied on the word of God to lift him up in troubling times, but even he admits the onslaught of negative headlines over the past 18 …

American Life in Poetry: ‘The Vanity of the Dragonfly

Nancy Willard, who died in February, was one of my favorite poets, with an enviable gift for inventive description. She published poetry, fiction, essays and children’s books, one of which, …

Everything is Copy: Celebrating diverse happiness this holiday season

Instead of thinking of diversity as a black and white matter, more people should consider seeing, recognizing, and accounting for differences. Even if someone looks like you, he, she, or …

A long-lost Dashiell Hammett story has been reissued

“The Glass That Laughed,” a brief, hallucinatory work about a fratricidal killer haunted by his victim’s face, is being published in Electric Literature ( The story ran in the November …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Bees Were Better’ by Shihab Nye

The University of Minnesota Press has published a fine collection of bee poems, “If Bees are Few.” Here’s one by one of my favorite poets, Naomi Shihab Nye, who lives …

It’s a ‘Wonder’ full life for R.J. Palacio

The idea for the award-winning “Wonder” started with a trip to the ice cream store with her two sons. While waiting in line, Palacio noticed a girl with facial birth …

For Spokane poet Kathryn Smith, first collection is a Russian journey into imagination

In “The Book of Exodus,” Kathryn Smith’s poems stand alone, as spare and yet verdant as the wilderness itself. But organized together, the collectoin reads like a harrowing page-turner, as …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 10:03 a.m.

Iron Maiden singer writes about bullying, cancer and flying

The 59-year old rocker recalls turning down an offer to do a book 10 years ago, saying “I’m not really done yet.” After being diagnosed with cancer, “I thought there’s …

Spokane is Reading: Wiley Cash’s ‘A Land More Kind Than Home’ is steeped in Southern flavor

Spokane is Reading’s latest pick brings Appalachia to the Inland Northwest.

Spokane Life in Poetry: ‘Autumn Blessings for the Fox, 2017,’ by Tod Marshall

We interrupt the weekly American Life in Poetry column to bring readers something local. On Saturday night at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall …

Spokane’s next poet laureate is Mark Anderson

The 29-year-old, who grew up in Mica, an unincorporated community between Spokane Valley and Freeman, founded Broken Mic, the long-running performance poetry open mic, held Wednesday nights at Neato Burrito …

Book World: Why Nancy Drew is an ideal role model for today’s girls (and boys)

The folks in River Heights were all white, and the bad guys were always foreign and usually dark-skinned or swarthy. And yet the appeal of the girl detective – she …

Author Blaine Harden to speak on North Korea and the ‘King of Spies’

‘Frontline’ consultant, Moses Lake native to appear Wednesday at Auntie’s

Pie & Whiskey: One part pie, one part whiskey, one part literature is a recipe for a fun night

Throw in some words stitched together by some of the region’s best writers – writers under the influence of butter and booze, as they say – and it’s a recipe …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 2:52 p.m.

Introducing The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club

The Spokesman-Review is launching a community book club to celebrate and enjoy great authors and stories of the Northwest. We invite our readers to join us for evenings of exploration, …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 5:07 p.m.

Anne Lamott among first round of authors announced for 2018 Get Lit festival

“And this is just our first round of announcements, we have tons of other great authors coming and will make more announcements as we continue to contract with them,” said …

Carlson says nation shifting on harassment issue

Out Tuesday, the one-time Fox News Channel personality’s book “Be Fierce” compiles many harassment stories she’s collected since her lawsuit last year that led to the ouster of former Fox …

Vestal’s novel ‘Daredevils’ claims top prize at Washington State Book Awards

Vestal’s win marks the third straight year the fiction prize has gone to a Spokane author.

What haunted houses tell us about ourselves and our past

Colin Dickey, the author of “Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places,” went around the country visiting haunted houses to see if they “could tell us something about who we …

Review: ‘Chasing Phil’ offers peek into organized crime

Howard sticks squarely to the facts in his telling of the agents’ journey, providing more of an overview of events in lieu of textured scenes.

With ‘Alchemy for Cells,’ Spokane poet Maya Jewell Zeller finds magic in collaboration

New collection, her third, will be launched with a party at the Bartlett.

American Life in Poetry: ‘The Hot Dog Factory (1937)’

Grace Cavalieri, who lives in Washington, D.C., has performed a great service for American poetry over the past forty years with her public radio show, “The Poet and the Poem.” …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 1:06 p.m.

New ‘Fifty Shades’ novel from Christian’s point of view

Author E L James said in a statement that the new book would give readers a “darker and more haunted” take on Christian.

British novelist Ishiguro wins Nobel Literature Prize

The selection of the 62-year-old Ishiguro marked a return to citing fiction writers following two years of unconventional choices by the Swedish Academy for the$1.1 million prize. It also continues …

Jesmyn Ward among finalists for National Book Awards

On Wednesday, the National Book Foundation announced short lists of five each in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, young people’s literature and poetry. Fifteen of the 20 nominees are women.

‘Tell’: Retired Maj. Margaret Witt tells all in new book about her legal fight

Witt, who was forced out of the Air Force Reserves because she is a lesbian, has co-written a book with Spokane journalist Tim Connor about the court battle that helped …

American Life in Poetry: ‘The Guardians’ by Jill Bialosky

Jill Bialosky is a New Yorker, an editor at W. W. Norton, and a daughter grieving the loss of loved ones.

Jamie Ford’s latest novel, ‘Love and Other Consolation Prizes,’ sets an immigration tale against the backdrop of Seattle’s two world’s fairs

The Montana author will read at Auntie’s Bookstore on Thursday. It’s his third novel, following “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” and “Songs of Willow Frost.”