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Bridging two worlds: ‘Story and Image’ show at Emerge in CdA transforms Sharma Shields’ words into visual art

The exhibition and reading, “Story & Image: Illustration in the Inland Northwest,” will feature images and scenes rendered to depict Shields’ short story “Witch Lake.” The dark tale of sexual …

Summer Stories: ‘Road’s End’ by Alexis Smith

In our final entry in Summer Stories: The Road Trip, novelist Alexis Smith sends recently divorced Maggie on a cross-state bicycle trek to her future.

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 4:32 p.m.

Summer Stories: ‘No More Stops’ by Kris Dinnison

In week 9 of Summer Stories: The Road Trip, Spokane author Kris Dinnison follows along as a mother and daughter take one last drive to the coast.

Summer Stories: Britnay

In week 8 of Summer Stories: The Road Trip, Spokane author Chelsea Martin watches as a daughter learns the hard lessons not passed down from her mother.

Summer Stories: ‘Lakes’

In week 7 of Summer Stories: The Road Trip, English teacher, cartoonist and novelist Simeon Mills imagines a world where “the family you make” has a very different connotation.

Summer Stories: Queen of the Road

In week 6 of Summer Stories: The Road Trip, novelist and English professor Kim Barnes, of Moscow, Idaho, traces one woman’s journey through sobriety to fulfillment.

Book club: Take a Road Trip at Summer Stories Night

Northwest Passages hosts an evening of live storytelling with summer tunes, wine and burgers, too. Get tickets.

Summer Stories: ‘The Old Road’ by Shann Ray

In week 5 of Summer Stories: The Road Trip, Shann Ray tells of one man’s journey toward love.

UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 1:33 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club hosts ‘Summer Stories’ Aug. 8

Local authors Stephanie Oakes, Alexis Smith, Shawn Vestal and Kris Dinnison share new fiction about road trips.

Summer Stories: Eleanor’s the World’s Largest Ball of Twine

In week 4 of Summer Stories: Road Trip, Spokane writer Leyna Krow goes behind the scenes of a classic roadside attraction.

Summer Stories: ‘Let the Dogs Drive’ by Bruce Holbert

In week 3 of Summer Stories: The Road Trip, Washington Book Award winner Bruce Holbert takes a drive with a man and his dogs.

Summer Stories: Not Too Bad a Guy, by Shawn Vestal

In Week 1 of The Spokesman-Review’s Summer Stories series, award-winning author and newspaper columnist tells the the story of one man’s attempt to get out from under.

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 …

Summer Stories: A Girl Who Floats Rivers

When she was 8 years old, Autumn, who’d only ever been called Timmie, told her mother that she had pretty much given up on ever having a heteronormative relationship, though …

Summer Stories: Low Tide

People throw all kinds of things in the river. That’s what Saul used to tell me. Back in our parents’ day, people would use the river for a dump. Anything …

Summer Stories: May I Remind You of My Season Pass to Water Wasteland

What is a day if not an opportunity? An opportunity to make a change in the world. An opportunity for greatness. To step outside of what is expected of you. …

Summer Stories: ‘Something Follows’

Simmons loved to run the river trail past what was normal – season, time of day, duration. If a normal person said the end of October was about the limit …

Summer Stories at the River: ‘All Signs Dark’ by Shawn Vestal

Welcome to The River, the 2017 edition of The Spokesman-Review’s Summer Stories series. Beginning this week, we will feature 10 new works of short fiction by Spokane-area writers in the …

Book Notes: Hillman arrives for GU Writers Series

Brenda Hillman is, in the words of the Poetry Foundation, one of “contemporary poetry’s most eclectic and formally innovative writers.” As an innovator, she is apt to play with form. …

‘Summer Stories’ to be aired on Spokane Public Radio

Over the summer, The Spokesman-Review asked some of Spokane’s most acclaimed writers to create new works of short fiction based on a theme of “The Fair.” Spokane Public Radio will …

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. …


For the third April morning in a row, Doctor Swift has turned off his pager, put his finger to his lips, and nodded conspiratorially to Delia, who closes the closet …

Digital extra: Our Expo ‘74

My mother first visited Spokane to see Expo ‘74 and to meet my father’s extended family. I hitched a ride as a fetus, and only know these stories secondhand: the …

The Heart is the Door

Presumably we had driven 12 hours to see Expo ’74, but as we crossed plains and topped mountains my father’s face seemed to grow heavy and on the final span …


Chester’s sister Cat and her best boyfriend David left Chester alone at the fair. He begged and begged to play the game where he could win a giant stuffed dog. …


I met Sheena at Wonderland, a traveling carnival that took me in when I ran from home. We’d pull into town and I’d set up the sideshow booths, haul swag …

Uncle Fudd

I had used my Expo ’74 season pass at least a dozen times before Uncle Fudd and Aunt June came for their annual visit. My sister and I didn’t really …

Monologue for a Tilt-A-Whirl

We don’t mean to make you sick. We mean only to remind you of the essential rule of chaos to which all things in the universe are, or should be, …


“This is all about the environment, kids,” Mom tells Ernie and me. She opens an arm up toward the river, which is slow-moving, wide and clean. “It’s all about how …

The Night Belongs to the Clowns

Benji’s pock-marked green Geo Metro — the one with glittering rims on the front wheels and donuts on the back — announced their arrival, rocketing a storm cloud of brown into the …