Stories tagged: books
SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017
American Life in Poetry: For the Love of Avocados
There are those like me who can’t even tell when an avocado is ripe, and those who know exactly how to perfectly prepare a ripe one. Here’s a poem of …
TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 9:22 A.M.
Tom Hank’s debut book is due in October
Among the stories written by Hanks, who owns over 100 typewriters, is one about an immigrant arriving in New York City, another about a bowler who becomes a celebrity and …
SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017, 11 A.M.
Celebrity Focus: Jake Tapper on writing a crime novel vs. covering politics: ‘Thankfully I have more control over developments in the book’
CNN’s Jake Tapper is many things these days. According to Vogue he’s an “emerging journalistic hero.” Watch “Saturday Night Live” and the veteran newsman becomes Kellyanne Conway’s greatest foil. Head …
SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017, 10:30 A.M.
Bard of Sherman Avenue’s poems raise money for Hospice
For 14 years, the Bard of Sherman Avenue would send little rhymes to Dave Oliveria, who hosts The Spokesman-Review’s Huckleberries Online blog. Now, after his death, 200 of Tom Wobker’s …
SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017
Pagan’s latest is love story told from different viewpoints
“Forever is the Worst Long Time” is a love story told from several very different points of view. Camille Pagan unpacks a complicated relationship among a struggling novelist named James; …
FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017, 7 P.M.
Philip Pullman reveals ‘His Dark Materials’ follow-up
The irrepressible young heroine of Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy “His Dark Materials” returns in a new novel being published in Britain and the U.S. on Oct. 19, the first part …
SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2017, 11 A.M.
Book notes: Leyna Krow to read from short story collection at Auntie’s
Spokane’s Leyna Krow is a writer of fantastic (and fantastical) fiction. Her stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, the South Dakota Review, the Santa Monica Review, Moss, Lilac City Fairy …
SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2017
American Life in Poetry: ‘L.A. River’
All too often poets shun simple, direct, and earthy words like “tea” in favor of others that sound more sophisticated, like Earl Grey or Lapsang Souchong. But fancy words put …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 6:11 P.M.
Netflix plans new toys, merchandise based on hit TV shows
Netflix Inc. is plotting a move into the toy business. The world’s largest paid video service is looking to hire an executive to oversee the licensing of shows for books, …
MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2017, 2:43 P.M.
Protagonist in Vatican leaks scandal leaks more in new book
“In the Name of Peter” hits Italian bookstores Tuesday, seven months after author Francesca Chaouqui received a 10-month suspended sentence for conspiring to pass confidential documents onto two journalists.
SATURDAY, FEB. 4, 2017, 10:30 A.M.
Author Tim O’Brien gives soldier’s perspective
The Vietnam veteran and National Book Award winner will read at Gonzaga on Monday.
SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 2017, 5 P.M.
American Life in Poetry: ‘Going Down’ by Jonathan Bracker
Seeing a stranger who reminds you of someone else, well, it happens to all of us. After my father died I saw dozens of little old men in hats like …
SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 2017, 8 A.M.
‘Arthur and Sherlock:’ the city and the genius that made Sherlock Holmes real
The “real” Sherlock Holmes was a patrician gent named Dr. Joseph Bell, who lectured at the University of Edinburgh’s medical school in the 19th century and had a knack for …
FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2017, 12:12 P.M.
Gay parts with publisher over deal with far-right pundit
Roxanne Gay confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that she will not be releasing “How to Be Heard” through Simon & Schuster’s TED imprint, which had scheduled the book …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2017, 5:53 P.M.
‘1984’ publisher orders new printing as sales soar
With “alternative facts” the latest catchphrase, George Orwell’s “1984” is No. 1 on Amazon.com and the publisher has ordered an additional 75,000 copies.
SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2017, 3:17 P.M.
American Life in Poetry: ‘All the Questions’ by Robert Tremmel
Those of you who’ve returned home to visit parents may recognize the way the familiar and the strange wash together in this wise and peaceful poem by Robert Tremmel.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017, 7:11 A.M.
Pearson forecasts years of textbook gloom; to sell Penguin
The crisis engulfing Pearson deepened after the education company cut its profit forecast and predicted years of gloom in the U.S. market, forcing it to slash its dividend and put …
SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2017, 5 A.M.
American Life in Poetry: ‘The Print the Whales Make’ by Marge Saiser
Marge Saiser is a Nebraska poet about whose work I have said that no contemporary poet is better at writing about love. Here’s a love poem from her new book,
SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2017, 10:34 A.M.
Review: ‘Her Every Fear’ is effective, compulsive thriller
Kate Priddy lives in London. She suffers from panic attacks and prefers familiarity to the unknown. When a cousin from the United States she’s never met suggests they swap apartments …
SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2017, 10 A.M.
Following the Frommers: Famous guidebook has been leading travelers for 60 years
This year the legendary travel guidebook writer Arthur Frommer celebrates 60 years since the publication of his 1957 book, “Europe on $5 a Day.” Frommer began writing about travel while …
SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2017
Turning the page on 2016: Local readers and writers share their favorite books of last year
It’s a simple question: What was the best thing you read in 2016? The replies we received are enough to keep us reading well into 2017.
FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2017, 8:32 A.M.
Poet Tim Greenup creates a coming-of-age collection in ‘Without Warning’
The Scablands Books is the brainchild of novelist Sharma Shields, and an offshoot of Scablands Lit, a nonprofit literary organization that supports artists and writers in the Inland Northwest.
SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2016, 4 P.M.
American Life in Poetry: ‘Just Red’ by Anya Krugovoy Silver
There are times when a single word in a poem is so perfect a choice that it pops like a firecracker, and I’ll let you guess which word did that …
SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2016
New superhero La Borinqueqa shows the power of Puerto Rican pride
After announcing his intentions to create an environmentally friendly Puerto Rican superhero as a part of this summer’s Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, with the collaborative …
TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2016, 9:15 A.M.
No pictures, please: BJ Novak back with new kids book
B.J. Novak is following up his beloved, all-words “The Book with No Pictures” with “The Alphabet Book with No Pictures,” Penguin Young Readers told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The …
SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 2016, 9 A.M.
Book review: ‘Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance’
The latest novel featuring Jack Ryan, Tom Clancy’s iconic hero and now president of the United States, delivers all the elements that fans expect from the franchise. In Mark Greaney’s …
SATURDAY, DEC. 3, 2016, 3:58 P.M.
American Life in Poetry: ‘Sight,’ by Faith Shearin
I suppose there have been other poems about a baby’s first look at and into the world, but they couldn’t be more touching than this, by Faith Shearin, who lives …
FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2016, 6 A.M.
Books are a big part of the Christmas Bureau’s joy
Every year at the Christmas Bureau, thousands of children are gifted the joy of reading. Parents who visit the bureau, which serves low-income families in the region, get to choose …
SUNDAY, NOV. 27, 2016
‘Show Town’: New history book examines Spokane theater life at turn of the 20th century
Author Holly George knew she had a wealth of fascinating stories when she began researching Spokane’s theater scene at the turn of the 20th century. Her new book, “Show Town: …
SUNDAY, NOV. 27, 2016
American Life in Poetry: ‘Lily’ by Ron Koertge
We’ve been selecting poems for this column for more than 10 years and I can’t remember ever publishing a poem about a cat. But here at last is a cat, …