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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 …


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

‘Educated’ author Westover talks in Spokane about her survivalist childhood, meaning of learning

Best-selling author Tara Westover talked to a crowed of about 700 people Thursday night at the Bing Crosby Theater as part of The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Sherman Alexie addresses the sexual misconduct allegations that have led to fallout

Prominent Washington state writer Sherman Alexie issued a statement Wednesday acknowledging that he’s hurt people over the years, addressing for the first time anonymous accusations of sexual harassment against him …


AI can read! Tech firms race to smarten up thinking machines

Research teams at Microsoft and Chinese tech company Alibaba reached what they described as a milestone earlier this month when their AI systems outperformed the estimated human score on a …


Microsoft, Alibaba AI programs beat humans in a Stanford reading test

Two artificial intelligence programs created by Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba and Microsoft beat humans on a Stanford University reading comprehension test.


How to read more books in 2018

Will this be the year you hit the treadmill for an hour every day, make all your meals at home, learn a new language and max out your retirement savings …


A storytelling podcast for kids (that parents can enjoy, too)

Time to tune in to podcasts, with your kids.


Before summer ends, ease back into a school routine

It’s still summertime but mid-August introduces a ripe time for some back-to-school readiness. Children benefit from a slow return to structured routines, such as going back to an earlier and …


Minimize summer brain drain

Regardless of their socioeconomic background, they’ll forget two months’ worth of math instruction from the previous year by the time they return to classes.


Keep children engaged during summer break

Experts emphasize two essential goals for students throughout the summer – engaging the mind and being physically active.


Staying sharp: Five tips for keeping kids’ brains engaged over summer break

Learning doesn’t have to stop when the last school bell rings. As lazy days of summer loom, parents can encourage steps for keeping kids intellectually engaged to avoid that potential …


Everything is Copy: The man who doesn’t read

Because I like to be around people who know things I don’t, my love life has been replete with physicists, computer scientists, doctors, and even some engineers (in other words, …


Gonzaga grad, Shadle Park native earns spot on Spokane Library board

Casey Linane-Booey, a 29-year-old attorney, said the city’s libraries should continue to expand services improving residents’ quality of life, including community courts.


Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner to do live reading of `Juno’

Ellen Page will reprise her pregnant-teen role in “Juno” during an all-female live reading of the film to mark its 10th anniversary and to benefit Planned Parenthood, according to Entertainment …


Jenny Mollen shares more wacky stories in her new book

Fans of Jenny Mollen don’t want her to hold back – and she doesn’t disappoint.


Portland, Beaverton schools reject usual reading approach

Portland Public Schools, searching for a new way to teach young students to read and write after years of struggle, has decided to go it alone.


Creating Community: Literary Freedom group part of a resurgence in book clubs

The Literary Freedom Book Group meets at Auntie’s Bookstore. It has a long history at the store, but over the past two years it has grown to a core of …


Shawn Vestal: Book fair at Mead school just part of data-driven effort to help kids

In December, Shiloh Hills Elementary School will have a book fair for kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders. Lots of elementary schools have book fairs, of course. But the Shiloh Hills fair …


Mead School District teachers take reading to neighborhoods

He circled warily, his small bike wobbly on the grassy lawn of the North Side apartment complex. He glanced at the boxes of books as he circled ever closer. Finally, …


Doctors recognizing that reading, writing can be therapeutic

‘I really didn’t believe I would make it through childhood, but the act of writing brought me through.” Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s voice is whispery on the other end of …


Shawn Vestal: Story of returned 1946 copy of ‘Gone With the Wind’ grows

The story of Rogers High School’s wandering copy of “Gone With the Wind” just keeps going – now with a possible exoneration of sorts. A copy of Margaret Mitchell’s massive …


Field reports: Grandma’s hiking tale tops Outdoor books

READING – They call her Grandma Gatewood, who in the 1950s became the first woman to hike the entire 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail. Then she did it again, becoming the first …


‘Swamplandia!’ author Karen Russell, headed to Spokane

To see childhood the most clearly required a certain number of years for Karen Russell, whose novel “Swamplandia!” – this year’s Spokane is Reading pick – stars an adolescent girl …


Shawn Vestal: Voracious reader enjoys thrill of tale well told, 4,000 books later

Paul Wasson is reading his 4,000th book since 1971. Or perhaps that should be cast in the past tense: He was reading it, as of Tuesday. By now, he’s probably …


Spokane Public Schools overhauls reading, writing program

A dip in reading test scores among younger students is driving Spokane Public Schools back to basics. The state’s second-largest school district will begin teaching cursive writing again, for example. …


Donated volumes carry on teaching

Diane Zahand had a passion for early childhood education. Now, even after her death, her work is continuing..


Summer reading program under way

Spokane Public Library’s summer reading program, Dig Into Reading, is already under way but it’s not too late for children and teens to sign up at local library branches. Participating …


Join summer reading program

Spokane Public Library’s summer reading program, Dig Into Reading, is underway but it’s not too late to sign up at local library branches. Participating children receive a reading log at …


Clark: Reading some heavy lifting might toughen kids up

John Goedde can try to laugh it off all he wants. But his idea to make Idaho high schoolers read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” is a keeper. I’ll go Goedde …


Bureau helps promote reading

Books have the power to entertain, educate and enrich lives. Like a vehicle, they transport the reader to another place or time, making current cares fade to the background. They’re …