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UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018, 7:14 p.m.

Ralph Walter: Magic of ‘What if’ keeps SuperSonics in Seattle, gives Gonzaga a football team

“What if?” When it comes to sports, it’s hard to find two words as compelling. And it’s the inspiration behind an occasional new series that we’ll kick off this Sunday …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 3:54 p.m.

Place plays key role for Spokane author Jess Walter

Jess Walter, a New York Times best-selling author whose childhood near an East Trent Avenue drive-in movie theater has often been the source of his creativity, engaged a sold-out Northwest …


Northwest Passages Book Club: Jess Walter loves his hometown – he really does

Spokane novelist joins the Northwest Passages Book Club on May 16.


Book club: Get tickets for Jess Walter and added J.A. Jance session

In response to strong reader interest, the Northwest Passages Book Club has added a second book talk and signing with bestselling mystery author J.A. Jance. Tickets are available for the …


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 11:44 a.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club welcomes top writers

The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club and Community Forum has a fresh lineup for spring, including outgoing state poet laureate Tod Marshall and best-selling authors J.A. Jance and Jess Walter.


The 7: Reasons we love Bedtime Stories, Humanities Washington’s annual fundraiser

The format is simple. There are dinner and drinks, then four writers will read works created for the event based on that year’s theme. This year, it’s “Beacon in the …


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 …


Summer Stories: Before You Blow

This was the summer you drank beer with Joey and did stupid stuff in the Spokane River. The summer of 1981 – you cliff-jumped in Post Falls and body-surfed the …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 11:31 a.m.

25 years after Ruby Ridge, our divisions have grown

I find myself thinking about Ruby Ridge more and more lately, as I watch our country riven by these deep divisions – not just political differences – but a chasm …


Shawn Vestal: Tremors of Ruby Ridge in today’s national divide

A quarter-century after Ruby Ridge, the same fires burn. The same fault lines tremble beneath the same schisms.


Journalist was eyewitness to tragedy, nightmare of Ruby Ridge

Ruby Ridge was an American tragedy that’s now a historic icon – one born in our region’s backyard. Yet 25 years later, many either don’t know about the event in …


Return to Ruby Ridge: ‘American Experience’ returns to the North Idaho mountain where one family and the government fatally collided

The story of the Randy Weaver family and Ruby Ridge – of the events leading up to the 11-day standoff – is being revisited this week on the PBS series …


Summer Stories: In the Woods

Cole met Lola on this new social networking site – Timber. Timber was billed as Tinder for the Northwest, for Portland, Seattle and Spokane singles who wanted a less predatory, …


Huckleberries: Life of a newspaper reporter isn’t all that bad

So the life of a newspaper reporter is considered the worst among 200 jobs in America again? I disagree.


Ink highlights superhero visions in new space

Superheroes are all around us: at the movies, on TV, in comic books. This summer, roughly 200 children have been creating their own superheroes as part of a class called …


Road to the NCAAs: EWU loss, snow delay test Walters’ home-team verve

O’HARE AIRPORT, CHICAGO – Well, that certainly went well. To recap: My brother Ralph and I had grand plans to zip up and down I-5 watching a weekend of NCAA …


Jess and Ralph Walter: In city of underdogs, EWU and Gonzaga inspire

To recap: my brother Ralph and I had grand plans to zip up and down I-5 watching a weekend of NCAA tournament basketball. First, on Thursday, Ralph would road-trip to …


Walter brothers get double dose of Madness watching Eagles, Bulldogs

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Every road to the NCAA Tournament is a long and winding one. Just look at Gonzaga’s path: 17 years of winning in every gym in America, …


Blanchette: No better way to pass time until Selection Sunday than ‘what-if’ bracket buster

Could sophomore Kevin Pangos handle senior Kevin Pangos? Would the most embattled Gonzaga team of the last decade have a shot against the only Bulldogs to climb to No. 1? …


Walter named Whitworth’s writer-in-residence

Spokane novelist Jess Walter has been named the Spring 2015 writer-in-residence at Whitworth University. As part of the program, the National Book Award finalist and New York Times best-selling author …


Vestal stunned at winning literary prize

H e thought for sure Anthony Marra was going to win, for his “freaking amazing” book “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.” “I was not sitting there thinking, ‘I wonder if …


Ferch puts poetic side on display

Most people know Shann Ray Ferch as a writer of short stories. His 2011 collection “American Masculine,” won praise all over the place for its stories that are “less centered …


Give and Take: Tweets of the week

@ TeamGleason People often say growing old sucks. I will be happy to grow old. #NoWhiteFlags – SG @1JessWalter UW 52-EWU 45, 4th quarter. UW athletics budget $92 million. EWU …


Belongs to the Earth

Guy’s name was Argyle Borfus. I hired him fall of ’74 to track down my wife after she ran off with our hippie pool boy to this turd-burg, Spokane, Washington. …


Book Notes: Alexie, Walter snare new podcast

Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter are longtime friends. They’re also two of the most celebrated authors to ever come out of Spokane. When they get together, the conversations are free-flowing, …


Downtown art, writing hub Ink aims to build community

The narrow art space at Ink is mostly empty for now, old brick walls and wood floors illuminated by strings of shop lights. Mismatched chairs line the walls, and a …


Book Notes: Auntie’s to host Jess Walter event

Auntie’s Bookstore will host a ceremony next week to present Jess Walter with a PNBA Book Award. Walter won the award, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, for his …


Book Notes: Walter, Wrigley shortlisted for PNBA awards

Two area authors have been shortlisted for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s 2014 Book Awards. Spokane’s Jess Walter was nominated for his short story collection, “We Live in Water.” University …


Spotlight: Local musicians hope to help tornado victims

Area musicians will perform a concert to benefit victims of last week’s powerful tornado in Moore, Okla. The lineup features Mark Schirtz, winner of the 2011 Spokane’s Got Talent contest …


Book Notes: Ritchie hits Auntie’s on Thursday

Auntie’s Bookstore is kicking off May on a musical note. On Thursday, longtime Northwest singer-songwriter T.R. Ritchie will read from his anthology of poetry, “Works on Paper,” sing some songs …