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10 tips for travel as a political act

The great value of travel is the opportunity it offers you to pry open your hometown blinders and broaden your perspective. And when we implement that world view as citizens …

Six novels that get to the truth of World War I

Although few Americans made literature out of the First World War, European writers – men who served, women who waited and people who opposed the war – produced novels, memoirs …

American Life in Poetry: ‘The Cache’ by Dan Gerber

Squirrels hide many more acorns than they can find, and thus we have oaks. And a child might hide precious belongings, then hide the map that gives their location, then …

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 5, 2018, 9:08 p.m.

Reading the Northwest: Why Rick Steves sees travel as a political act

Rick Steves has been guiding Americans through Europe for so many years, it’s like an old friend leading us along the ancient cobbled streets. His book, “Travel as a Political …

Pulitzer winner Nicholas Kristof has hope despite assault on truth

On Monday, the night before one of the most hotly contested midterm elections in recent U.S. history, Nicholas Kristof will be at Gonzaga University in Spokane talking about the state …

Cannabis plants can have healthy properties beyond buds

When your doctor reminds you to be sure to eat your greens, the recommendation probably doesn’t include cannabis plants. But maybe it should.

Biographer Gary Giddins shines light on Bing Crosby’s ‘War Years’

“Bing Crosby: Swinging On a Star – The War Years 1940-1946,” Giddins’ second Crosby biography, hits shelves Tuesday.

American Life in Poetry: ‘Talking About the Day’ by Jim Daniels

A young father and his two small children, tucked into a comfortable old chair at the end of a day. What could feel better than that?

Spokane author Jack Nisbet turns his focus to John, Carrie Leiberg

Jack Nisbet discusses his book about them, “The Dreamer and the Doctor,” his interest in the Leibergs, how he came to learn of them and the footprint they left behind.

First novel from Grays Harbor author Robert Pyle is 44 years in making

After more than four decades and nine drafts, acclaimed Grays Harbor author and butterfly expert Dr. Robert Michael Pyle has released his first novel.

American Life in Poetry: ‘The Ruts’ by Kim Lozano

This column originates from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and a half-hour’s drive south there’s a creek with flat stones on its floor where wagons passed down and over …

‘Martin and Bobby,’ from Spokane’s Claire Rudolf Murphy, explores relationship between slain leaders

Local author Claire Rudolf Murphy leads a panel on Youth Leadership in the spirit of her latest nonfiction work, “Martin and Bobby.”

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 21, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

The ‘lost’ works Pulitzer Prize winner discovered by UI prof

The Idaho Statesman reported Zachary Turpin, an assistant professor of American literature at the University of Idaho, and his colleagues recently found previously unknown writings by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne …

Book Notes: Oakes wins Washington Book Award; Get Lit lands Roxane Gay

The state also honors former poet laureate Tod Mashall for his work on the Washington poetry anthology “WA 129.”

Stephanie Oakes, Tod Marshall honored at 2018 Washington State Book Awards

Oakes won for “The Arsonist” and Marshall received a special award for “WA 129.”

Everything is Copy: Who do I want to be in the world?

“I listened to the police officer and in that moment had to decide. Who do I want to be in the world?”

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 2:10 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club: ‘Longmire’ author Craig Johnson brings a dose of cowboy humor to Spokane

Spokane got a taste of that humor Wednesday evening at the Bing Crosby Theater, where “Longmire” author Craig Johnson was featured as the most recent author of The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest …

Reading the Northwest: Author Craig Johnson sends Sheriff Longmire to Mexico in new novel

Sometimes it can be hard to tell where author Craig Johnson ends and his signature creation, Sheriff Walt Longmire, begins. Both live in small-town, rural Wyoming, drive battered old trucks, …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 10:28 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club: Mt. Spokane peaks many bucket lists

More than 200 people packed The Spokesman-Review event for “100 Things to Do in Spokane Before You Die,” an insider’s guide to food, entertainment, culture, shopping and outdoor adventure.

Rob Curley: ‘100 Things to Do in Spokane Before You Die’ is an insider’s guide to our town

When our editor talks to different community groups about our newspaper’s different missions, he often explains our hope to be a daily instruction manual to life in our community. Then …

Travel author Rick Steves comes to Spokane on Nov. 29

His book, “Travel as a Political Act,” is a collection of stories and lessons from the road. Steves encourages travelers to embrace cultural differences with joy rather than with judgment.

Book Notes: ‘Peculiar’ author Ransom Riggs books date at the Spokane Public Library

Emily Ruskovich, Steve Almond among the literary highlights for Spokane area readers in the weeks ahead.

Author Eli Saslow tells Northwest Passages crowd that white nationalism can be defeated with community

The writer of a book about the transformation of the movement’s heir apparent said it was relentless humanity that can defuse hatred.

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 4:27 p.m.

Art Spiegelman, award-winning artist and writer of ‘Maus,’ to give free lecture at Gonzaga University

The New York-based cartoonist is the first guest of the university’s visiting writer series this year. Spiegelman, creator of perhaps the most academically studied comic book of all time, will …

Reconstructed reality: Portland writer Amy Stewart fictionalized the story of the Kopp sisters for her novel

Spokane is Reading is bringing Portland writer Amy Stewart to town to talk about her novel “Girl Waits With Gun.”

Saslow headlines Northwest Passages on Monday

Eli Saslow’s book “Rising Out of Hatred,” published Tuesday, tells the story of Derek Black, a white nationalist who eventually left the movement. Saslow kicked off his book tour on …

Spokane Public Library welcomes young adult author Marie Lu

Marie Lu will sign and answer questions about her new novel “Wildcard.”

Everything is Copy: When evil is comforting

When it comes to pleasure reading, we gravitate to what we need at the cultural moment. I seem to be in a trench of surrounding myself with female psycho killers.

Reading the Northwest: How a white nationalist turned against the movement

Northwest Passages Book Club event features Portland author of “Rising Out of Hatred.”

10 things about Eli Saslow

The Pulitzer Prize winner shares what he’s reading, what he’s watching and his other interests.