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Coeur d’Alene artist turns a tree into a Little Free Library. Make that Little Tree Library.

It took Sharalee Armitage Howard about a month to complete the project.

Everything is Copy: Being enfranchised opens people to the possibilities of democracy

My motives are no different from those of my finger-wagging friends: They arise out of a desire to help. Or, perhaps more honestly, to give an opinion about the “right” …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Bakery of Lies’

I’ve had my eye on Americans’ obsessions for more than 70 years and I can’t remember a time when public lying got as much attention as it does today. Attention …

Reading the Northwest: Pam Houston saved the ranch, and it saved her in return

Pam Houston will discuss her latest book, “Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country,” with the Northwest Passages Book Club on Feb. 12.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 2:03 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club: Author Chris Crutcher on the ache of being a teenager

Chris Crutcher is hoping his newest book, “Losers Bracket,” will be banned somewhere.

Spokane’s Claire Rudolf Murphy to read from ‘Martin and Bobby’

The event will also feature a panel of young leaders from Moscow High School.

Shawn Vestal: Author Chris Crutcher bears witness for youth traumatized by school shootings

Schools struggling to move past tragedy are right in Chris Crutcher’s wheelhouse: the places that combine his service as a therapist for traumatized kids and his career as an author …

Analysis: The reality of Crutcher’s life lessons are why his sports-themed young-adult lit is the gold-medal standard

Chris Crutcher is one of the most important voices in the world of young adult literature, but Katherine Cramer didn’t know that in the early ’90s when she first checked …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 10, 2019, 10:24 a.m.

Eli Saslow’s ‘Rising Out of Hatred’ among the winners at Pacific Northwest Book Awards

Saslow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer from Portland, chronicles the story of former white nationalist Derek Black.

Book Notes: Sharma Shields’ ‘The Cassandra’ is building buzz

Shields and Mills prepare to bring new novels into the world in 2019, poets Caraway and Lindholdt release new collections, and visiting writers book events in Spokane.

Book review: With Annie Bloom, Spokane YA novelist Chris Crutcher finds a new voice

Professor emeritus Marilyn Carpenter reviews “Losers Bracket” by Chris Crutcher, the headliner at the Northwest Passages Book Club on Jan. 16.

Review: ‘A Spark of Light,’ by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult has tackled, as she once ticked off for an interviewer, “neonaticide, the death penalty, mercy killing, stem cell research, the right to die, gay rights” in her long …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Exit Glacier’ by Peggy Shumaker

The glaciers that flattened my part of the world made their exit eons ago, but in Alaska, where Peggy Shumaker lives and writes, they’re just now beginning to turn back. …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Growing Apples’

Nancy Miller Gomez lives in California and directs writing workshops for incarcerated men and women. This poem gives us a glimpse of innocent delight inside those walls. It’s from her …

Book World: How ‘The Outsiders,’ ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘The Hunger Games’ transformed YA fiction

For a genre that’s so popular among readers of all ages, young adult (YA) lit is surprisingly young: The term was only coined in the 1960s, introducing an official way …

Reading the Northwest: Book club authors share their 2018 favorites

The Spokesman-Review launched Northwest Passages a year ago as a book club and community forum with a mission to get people reading – and talking. If anything, we underestimated the …

Everything is copy: Finding harder truths along the harder route

During the mediation, the officer said that while he had a slightly different memory of the exchange, his hasty words didn’t reflect what he’d meant, didn’t represent him. He wanted …

Robert Caro reflects on his career in upcoming book

NEW YORK – Robert Caro’s next book isn’t his fifth and final volume on Lyndon Johnson or like anything he has done before. “Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing,” to be published …

Retired teachers, librarians bring experience to Christmas Bureau children’s book selection

There’s an art to buying and selecting books for children, and it’s one that has been mastered by the teachers and librarians that help the Volunteers of America provide a …

Book World: An enigmatic child sends a small town on a search for answers

The author of “The Thirteenth Tale” and “Bellman & Black” begins this account on a winter solstice more than 100years ago. A near-drowned stranger arrives at a rural inn, grievously …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Estelle’

Alaska Quarterly Review put out a special double issue late in 2017 to celebrate its 35th year, a very long tenure for a literary magazine. Among the many fine works …

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 4:32 p.m.

For Laurel Randolph, Instant Pot can help relieve holiday pressure in the kitchen

The holidays are here, and that means it’s the perfect time to put your Instant Pot to use – or get one if you don’t already have one.

Spokane novelist Sherry Jones shines a light on Josephine Baker

For Spokane novelist Sherry Jones, the rich history of Josephine Baker’s extraordinary life proved irresistible.

American Life in Poetry: ‘The Girl from Panama’ by Clemens Starck

Clemens Starck of Oregon has 50 years’ experience working with his hands, as a merchant seaman and then a carpenter, and he knows work and working people. Here’s a typical …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 11:07 p.m.

Travel author Rick Steves shares love of adventure at Northwest Passages Book Club

Travel author and television host Rick Steves urged more than 700 readers to get out of their comfort zones and venture “beyond Orlando.”

Volunteers of America need a new sponsor to help fund Christmas Bureau books

A $25,000 sponsorship that funds a portion of the books given away to children during the Christmas Bureau has ended and organizers are looking for a local company to step …

Review: ‘This Will Only Hurt a Little,’ by Busy Philipps

Her Instagram followers will recognize the Philipps who just puts herself out there, the good, the bad, the falling flat on her face (three dislocated knees). Here I am, everybody! …

New books on space explore the moon and beyond

The four books here show how many challenges – including the basic laws of gravity – were involved in space travel, as well as how much more there is to …

Everything is Copy: The food chain

I’d decided to stop eating meat some years before she came into my life, and I had to figure out what would be OK to consume. Only plants? Nothing with …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Housewife as Poet’ by Sally Van Doren

Until about a hundred years ago, the worth of a poem was measured by how noble and elevated was its subject and its manner of delivery, but with the appearance …