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Book Notes: Walter’s ‘Ruins’ big-screen bound

“Beautiful Ruins,” Jess Walter’s bestselling and acclaimed 2012 novel, is headed to the silver screen. Oscar-nominated Todd Field (“In the Bedroom,” “Little Children”) will direct and will work with Walter …


Book Notes: ‘Fobbit’ night set at Auntie’s

Montana writer David Abrams, whose debut novel “Fobbit” was named a notable book of 2012 by the New York Times, is coming to Spokane. Abrams is a 20-year U.S. Army …


Review: Walter’s short stories ‘funny, insightful’

We all know Jess Walter as a novelist. The award-winning “The Zero” and “Citizen Vince.” The lauded “The Financial Lives of the Poets.” And last year’s amazing “Beautiful Ruins.” With …


Jess Walter eager to release collection of short stories

Jess Walter has always written short stories. His first few – except the one he wrote for a writing contest and won $25 – didn’t make him a dime. But …


Q&A: Hey, brother, learn to hold your water

Every few years, brothers Jess and Ralph Walter hit the road to cover their alma mater, Eastern Washington University, in various sporting events for The Spokesman-Review. In December, they missed …


Book Notes: Times’ critic praises Lynch

Longtime New York Times critic Janet Maslin has included a novel by a former Spokesman-Review reporter on her list of 10 favorite books of 2012. And no, it was not …


Book Notes: Auntie’s will play host to poet Laura Read

Laura Read teaches at Spokane Falls Community College. She’s also a published poet. Her latest book, “Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral,” was released this fall by the University of Pittsburgh …


Book Notes: Shields hits GU on Nov. 30 to talk leadership

Gonzaga University will bring author David Shields to Spokane for a series of talks Nov. 30. Shields has written 14 books, including “How Literature Saved My Life,” which will be …


Ex-reporters recount Ruby Ridge standoff, aftermath

The 11-day siege known as Ruby Ridge became a bookmark in the lives of two Spokane journalists who covered the event before their careers moved in other directions. “I remember …


Book Notes: ‘Ice Age Floods’ authors set to party

Bruce Bjornstad and Eugene Kiver will celebrate the release of their geological guidebook “On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: The Northern Reaches,” with a series of parties this …


For Walter, inspiration behind ‘Beautiful Ruins’ began on Italy trip

Fifteen years ago, Jess Walter and his wife traveled to Italy to visit her family. While there, the idea for a novel was born. That novel, “Beautiful Ruins,” will hit …


A ‘sweeping’ departure from comfort zone

The following descriptions have rarely, if ever, been applied to previous Jess Walter novels: “love story,” “sweeping” and “intergenerational.” “Gritty” and “darkly comic” were more like it.


Book Notes: Mix of Johnsons set to appear at Auntie’s

It’s a June of Johnsons at Auntie’s Bookstore. Father and son Larry and Nathan Johnson will sign copies of their book, “Montana Waterfalls: A Guide for Sighters, Hikers and Waterfall …


Book Notes: Aunties’s offers local flavor with lineup of authors

Coming up at Auntie’s in the coming days: a slew of appearances by notable authors with local ties. Kate McLachlan will read from her paperback “Hearts, Dead and Alive” at …


Book Notes: For 99 cents, read Walter’s ‘Don’t Eat Cat’

As you may have heard by now, Jess Walter has a new book coming out in June. If you really can’t wait that long, the National Book Award finalist has …


Book Notes: Get Lit! will tip off with HooPalousa

As we inch closer to the start of Get Lit!, new details emerge. Such as this one: The 14th annual festival will tip off April 9 with a basketball game.


Actor serves up help for burned ‘Vision’ icons

Actor Matthew Modine is in Spokane this weekend, in part to promote fundraisers to restore two iconic Spokane landmarks. He’s helping raise money for Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle and Ferguson’s …


Book Notes: Pendo mightier than Sonnets

We are pleased to announce that the Spokane Dirty Realists (featuring authors Sherman Alexie, Jess Walter and Shann Ray Ferch) soundly defeated the Moscow SuperSonnets, 101-77, at HooPalousa at the …


Book Notes: Orlean, Whitehead top Get Lit! lineup

Some big literary names have been booked into Eastern Washington University’s Get Lit! Festival, coming April 11-15: • Susan Orlean, author of “The Orchid Thief” and the just-released “Rin Tin …


Huckleberries: Trio of authors share ink-stained newsroom past

What do Jess Walter, Richard Miller and Dan Kolbet have in common? Hint: They are ex-Spokesman-Review staffers. And? They’ve all written books. Walter, of course, parlayed his reporting of the …


Book Notes: Black set to star in film version of Walter’s ‘Poets’

Spokane novelist Jess Walter’s latest book, “The Financial Lives of the Poets,” has been picked up as a movie vehicle for Jack Black, retitled “Bailout.” This news came out of …


Book Notes: Walter, Orozco share stage at Blue Door

Spokane novelist Jess Walter and University of Idaho professor and author Daniel Orozco will give a joint reading Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland …


Book Notes: Edstrom releases recording how-to

The name Brent Edstrom is familiar from his work with the Brent Edstrom Trio and the Spokane Jazz Orchestra. Now the classical-jazz pianist has a new role: Brent Edstrom, Oxford …


Book Notes: Nobel Prize winner Llosa has ties to WSU

Peru – hardly Pullman – is the homeland of the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature, Mario Vargas Llosa. But here’s something most people don’t know: He was …


Spotlight: City’s Arts Awards winners include Walter, Lucas

The winners of the City of Spokane Arts Awards have now been notified – which means we can notify everyone else, in advance of the awards presentation Monday at 6 …


Book Notes: Chinese massacre in 1887 focus of Nokes’ story

R. Gregory Nokes, a former reporter for the Associated Press and the Oregonian, will tell a fascinating story today at Auntie’s Bookstore. Nokes is the author of “Massacred for Gold: …


Alexie, Walter team up for Auntie’s appearance

Those who have attended readings by Jess Walter or Sherman Alexie know that both are funny and entertaining speakers – in addition to being world-class novelists. So when two of …


Women congregate in quest for true-red GOP candidates

Republicans should support Republicans at all levels of elected office, including nonpartisan races. That was the message presented at Marge Chadderdon’s home to about 20 Republican Women by their national …


Author discusses satisfying endings, life in Spokane, what’s next

Jess Walter’s new novel, “The Financial Lives of the Poets,” hits bookstores Tuesday and is already getting plenty of excellent critical attention. British novelist Nick Hornby chose it for his …