Stories tagged: books
Sun., Aug. 21, 2016
Summer Stories: The World in Which They Live
In week eight of Summer Stories 2016: The Woods, Spokesman-Review reporter Eli Francovich stretch is fiction-writing muscles in a story about two outsider kids who find a patch of paradise.
Sat., Aug. 20, 2016, 4 p.m.
American Life in Poetry: ‘In Possession (Minnesota)’ by Roy Scheele
Roy Scheele, one of Nebraska’s finest poets, has a new chapbook called “The Sledders: Thirty Sonnets,” from Three Sheets Press. One of any writer’s most valuable tools is memory, and …
Sat., Aug. 20, 2016
16 paperbacks to round out your summer reading – including ‘Hamilton’
You have a couple of weeks left to do your summer reading. Don’t panic – here are 16 titles, from literary fiction to crime fiction to prizewinning nonfiction, that will …
Sun., Aug. 14, 2016, 4 a.m.
Summer Stories: Re-Org
Spokane author Rachel Toor imagines the darker side of the corporate retreat in “Re-Org,” her entry in our weekly series Summer Stories: The Woods.
Sun., Aug. 7, 2016, 4 a.m.
Summer Stories: Witch Lake
When the witch was a just a girl, living in the middle of the dark woods above the big lake, her mother fell ill with pneumonia. The father refused to …
Thu., Aug. 4, 2016, 2:05 p.m.
New ‘Harry Potter’: Play a satisfying follow-up to Rowling’s famed series
“Cursed Child” is a most satisfying and well-done follow-up to “Deathly Hallows.” It’s beautifully written and achieves Shakespearean levels of drama as it delves into the past’s hold on the …
Sun., July 24, 2016, 4 a.m.
Summer Stories: Post-Apocalyptic Power Couple
My husband, Joel, is squatting in a bed of pine needles over the bottom half of a dairy cow.
Sun., July 17, 2016, 4 a.m.
Summer Stories: Wild Child
Annaliese wanted to conceive in the woods. We were wild animals, she said, and our baby would be wild too. Its creation should reflect that. So, she insisted we make …
Sat., July 16, 2016, 4 p.m.
American Life in Poetry: ‘Mother Talks Back to the Monster’ by Carrie Shipers
As children, just about everyone has experienced the very real fear of an imaginary monster. But what if our mothers could have spoken to our childhood fears? Carrie Shipers of …
Sun., July 10, 2016, 4 a.m.
Summer Stories: Backcountry
In Part II of Summer Stories 2016: The Woods, former Spokane poet laureate Thom Caraway goes camping in the backcountry at Glacier National Park.
Sun., July 3, 2016
Summer stories: ‘When to Play Dead’
They were camping, if you want to call it that. A tent you could stand in, tricked out in geometric shapes. Foot-thick air mattresses, inflated with a battery-powered blower. A …
Thu., June 30, 2016, 7:06 a.m.
Alvin Toffler, author of 1970 bestseller ‘Future Shock,’ dies at 87
Alvin Toffler, author of the influential 1970 futurist bestseller “Future Shock,” died Monday in his sleep at his home in Bel-Air, according to Yvonne Merkel, a spokeswoman for his Reston, …
Sat., June 25, 2016, 4 p.m.
Smith’s ‘Marrow Island’ imagines life after devastating quake
Smith’s reading a precursor to a longer Spokane stay – she’ll be a visiting professor at EWU’s Inland Northwest Center for Writers this fall.
Sat., June 25, 2016
Jenny Mollen shares more wacky stories in her new book
Fans of Jenny Mollen don’t want her to hold back – and she doesn’t disappoint.
Sat., June 18, 2016
‘Loose cannon’: Science writer Mary Roach explains her curious curiosity
When most people consider the hardships of war, they focus on the fear and the fighting, the noble cause and the selfless sacrifice. When best-selling science writer Mary Roach tackled …
Tue., June 14, 2016, 1:22 p.m.
Entertainment seller Hastings files for bankruptcy; stores will remain open
The nearly 50-year-old company is recruiting potential buyers, its chief operations officer said in a letter posted to the Hastings website Monday. While stores will remain open, services including video …
Sat., June 4, 2016, noon
Review: Neil Gaiman has a lot to say about a lot
Warning: This book may make you want to read a bunch of other books. Maybe even buy a comic. On my list, recommended by Mr. Gaiman: anything by Harlan Ellison, …
Fri., June 3, 2016, 7 p.m.
Rocking fatherhood: A dude’s how-to guide on staying cool
Before parenthood, Chris Kornelis rocked it as a music writer for Seattle Weekly. Two kids later, he’s still making a living as a writer, a freelancer, and recently added a …
Fri., June 3, 2016
Summer reading opens doors to adventure
Author Rosanne Parry is sending families on a treasure hunt.
Sat., May 28, 2016, 4 p.m.
American Life in Poetry: ‘My Dead’ by Tim Nolan
At some moment every day I call up a memory of one or another of my family members who have passed on, so I was especially taken with this poem …
Sat., May 28, 2016, noon
Book notes: Laureate’s ‘I Am a Town’ project finishes phase one
Reading on Tuesday at the Spark Center in Kendall Yards will celebrate completion of first series of workshops in Spokane poet laureate Laura Read’s poetry project to celebrate the places …
Sun., May 22, 2016
American Life in Poetry: ‘Summer Mowing’ by Jennifer Gray
Here’s a touching father-son poem by Jennifer Gray, who lives in Nebraska. If you’re not big enough to push a real mower, well, you make a mower of your own.
Sun., May 15, 2016, 9:03 a.m.
‘Thunder Boy Jr.’: Sherman Alexie aims for the kiddos with his new picture book
Geared for ages 3 to 6, “Thunder Boy Jr.” tells the story of a boy named after his father, Thunder Boy Smith Sr., and how he longs to for a …
Sun., May 15, 2016
American Life in Poetry: ‘River’ by Ginger Murchison
Here’s a fine poem about the fleshy pleasures of adolescence by Ginger Murchison, from her book a “scrap of linen, a bone” from Press 53. Murchison lives in Florida.
Sun., May 15, 2016
‘Thunder Boy Jr.’ an entertaining read for young and old
Our panel of pint-sized experts agree: “Thunder Boy Jr.” is pretty cool.
Sat., May 14, 2016, noon
Program takes Whitworth students into the community to teach writing
Students writers, from high school age to senior citizens, create works for inclusion in a journal, all part of Whitworth University’s Writing in the Community class.
Sun., May 8, 2016
American Life in Poetry: ‘They Dance Through Granelli’s’ by Pat Emile
Pat Emile is assistant editor and Jill-of-all-trades for this column. Were it not for her help I couldn’t keep these weekly selections coming. Here she is in another role, as …
Fri., May 6, 2016, 7 p.m.
Author, activist brings her dark history into the light
Laura Landgraf of Post Falls revisits that painful past, but with a perspective of recovery, in a newly released memoir: “The Fifth Sister: From Victim to Victor — Overcoming Child …
Thu., May 5, 2016
Author writes on animals for adults, children alike
Hanson, a conservation biologist and author of the award-winning “Feathers” and “The Triumph of Seeds,” released “Bartholomew Quill: A Crow’s Quest to Know Who’s Who” in April. He’ll be at …
Sat., April 30, 2016, 4 p.m.
‘Thank You, Teacher’: Book gets a new life
Bruce and Holly Holbert revise and expand their collection of teacher appreciation essays into a new book, “Thank You, Teacher.”