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Haroutunian joins Vestal for reading at Auntie’s

New York writer Nicole Haroutunian, whose story collection “Speed Dreaming” has been widely praised, will be in Spokane this week for a reading at Auntie’s Bookstore. Haroutunian’s work has appeared …


Shawn Vestal: Conservatives who cross line to violence sound a lot like those who don’t

An all-too-familiar tale flew under the radar last week while everyone was talking about you-know-who: A disgruntled yahoo, devoted to his guns and apocalyptic anti-government views, went from talking about …


Unattended homeless camp highlights Spokane’s efforts

Last week, while the mayor was discussing the results of the city’s latest homeless count, a city crew was out dealing with one of the thornier parts of the issue. …


Shawn Vestal: Still time to rescue Spokane County CEO hiring process

There is, at this late and inconvenient date, one way for the Spokane County Commission to ensure that the public can trust its process for hiring a new county CEO. …


Vaccine ‘trutherism’ thriving, at public’s expense

Cast your mind back to June, when the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby could deny contraception coverage to its employees. At the time, some people wondered how far this …


Shawn Vestal: Truth trampled in Hitching Post stampede

It was always clear that for many, matrimony is a holy sacrament. Apparently, so is gettin’ hitched.


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 …


S-R columnist Vestal wins literary prize

Spokane writer Shawn Vestal won the $25,000 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction on Monday evening for his collection of short stories “Godforsaken Idaho.” Vestal’s stories, printed by Amazon’s …


Shawn Vestal: Just call me Corn Doggy Dog

If there is any food more estranged from this culinary moment than the corn dog, it would be hard to find. The corn dog is not local and organic. It …


Future looks promising after boom year for Spokane area construction

If you’re under the impression that you’re seeing a remarkable amount of construction around Spokane – from cranes on the skyline to the peals of hammers in neighborhoods – you’re …


All Weaknesses Peculiar to Men

His favorite combinations were the contradictions, the strange ones. Brassieres and pistols. Windmills and bustles. He would scissor the images with an exactitude he found calming, seeking the perfect separation …


Shawn Vestal: Jerry Sandusky victim says reporting crimes was harder than abuse

They called him Victim 1. But many in his community knew exactly who Aaron Fisher was and what he was saying long before he let the world know that he …


RiverLit magazine creates outlet for area writers, artists

Keely Honeywell is pitching Anthology, a fundraising event for the Spokane literary magazine RiverLit at a new all-ages venue downtown, as a literary variety show. “We’ve got fiction readers. One …


Book Notes: Trio take spotlight at Beacon Hill event

The Beacon Hill Reading Series is hosting an Evening of Prose and Poetry at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The free event will feature Marianne Salina, a Spokane writer who is working …


Book Notes: National Book Award winner Alexie to read at the Bing

Sherman Alexie’s breakthrough book, “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” is turning 20, and his most recent collection of stories, “Blasphemy,” is out in paperback soon. Must be …


Book Notes: Vestal, Olstein launch GU series

This year’s Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series will kick off with two local writers telling very different stories about life in the West and will include acclaimed Chickasaw writer Linda …


Vestal’s ‘Stories’ capture dark legacies of the West

Shawn Vestal’s darkly provocative story collection rivets a reader’s attention early on. And like the Mormon faith, which visits itself mightily upon many of these stories, it never really lets …


Vestal’s own private Idaho

Next week, Spokesman-Review columnist Shawn Vestal earns a new title: published fiction author. Vestal’s debut collection of short fiction “Godforsaken Idaho” (Amazon Publishing/New Harvest, $15.95) will arrive in bookstores and …


Shawn Vestal: what have we lost in drive for election efficiency?

For decades, Colleen Schauble showed up every Election Day at Longfellow Elementary School very early in the morning, and left late at night. She’d welcome and direct voters, check registrations, …


Hal proves civility in political discourse possible

Hal Dixon once told me that we live in different worlds. Different political worlds, surely – Hal is a conservative, and I am not. But Hal, who is the most …


Conflicting evaluations mar trooper’s struggle with brass

Second of two parts. Is Allen Larned fit to return to work as a Washington State Patrol trooper?


Vestal: Trooper’s tangle stems from brain injury maze

First of two parts. One August midnight four years ago, Washington State Patrol Trooper Allen Larned was sitting in his patrol car on the side of Interstate 90.


Vestal: Mayor’s proposed cuts come at price of safety

Mayor David Condon’s proposed city budget accomplishes his main objective: keeping his campaign promise not to raise taxes. It does not, however, do what he says it does: preserve the …


Battling both cancer and the health care system

About a month ago, Donna Preece, held a car wash with some family and friends. They stood out on Division holding signs. They took donations. They washed cars Friday and …


Shawn Vestal: How about sharing the NCAA wealth?

We’ve heard all the perfectly reasonable reasons for the wild salaries being paid to the new football coaches at Washington State University. You gotta pay to compete. Everybody does it. …


Few funds, big impact

There’s nothing to do. If every child in every town in every state in every nation of the world hasn’t said this, they must have felt it, at least once. …


Shawn Vestal: Face-Off’s focus on students is debatable

Jennifer Walther is incensed that anyone would insult her Ferris High School students. So let’s be clear: It’s not Walther’s students who deserve to take heat over the planning of …


Anti-noise plan deserves a hearing

How loud do you like your amplified blues harmonica? That’s the real question underlying the proposal to change Spokane Municipal Code 10.08.020.


Love and hate – it’s all in how you look at it

Maybe this is what they mean by a love-hate relationship. Call a bigot on their hatred and all they can talk about is love. Their love of white people. Their …


Shawn Vestal: In a recession, honesty is at an all-time low

So, to recap: The country sinks into a massive recession, caused by a fraudulent, out-of-control, unwatched-over financial institutions and free-market wheeler-dealers. The rest of us suffer. Jobs vanish, pay cuts …