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Water Cooler: Thanksgiving reads

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 23, 2020

With Thanksgiving to be more low-key than usual this year, it may just be the perfect holiday weekend to cozy up with a new read. With fewer people to share all the food-coma-inducing leftovers with, you might as well plan on staying put for awhile in your roomiest clothing, book in hand. Here are some reads fitting for the holiday.
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Locally Writ: ‘Summer Stories’ series to be published as anthology

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 21, 2020

Inspired by a project the Minneapolis Star had planned in 2013, the original idea for “Summer Stories” was to run a serialized novel in Sunday’s Today section of The Spokesman-Review. When several local authors started releasing short-story collections around the same time, Carolyn Lamberson, then the features editor, had another idea.
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Book review: A rom-com with some refreshing twists

The manifold reboots of “Pride and Prejudice” practically require their own bookstore section these days, so when you pick up a rom-com with lead characters named Darcy and Elle, you might think you know what you’re in for in this book. But Alexandria Bellefleur’s queer romance “Written in the Stars” gives its inspo a mere wink.

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Family Fun: Read stories to celebrate Native American Heritage Month

One of the important things that books do is provide windows and mirrors, said Sheri Boggs, youth collection development librarian at the Spokane County Library District. That means readers are able to see into other experiences and cultures in some books, while in others they see reflections of their lives.
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Water Cooler: BookTube

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 26, 2020

Book clubs, author events and the like have all gone virtual, but there’s one part of the literary community that always has been, lovingly nicknamed “BookTube.” This subset of YouTubers that discuss all things literature, from informative videos on classic literature to fresh reviews of the newest releases.
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Home grown: Spokane inspires award-winning novelist Jess Walter’s latest book

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 22, 2020

For Jess Walter, his native Spokane inspired his latest novel, "The Cold Millions." New York, Hollywood and Italy were the scenes of some of Walter's prior novels, but the winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award in 2005 for "Citizen Vince" taps into his hometown for "The Cold Millions." The novel commences in 1909 in Peace Valley Park.
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Jess Walter gets by with a little help from a literary friend

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 22, 2020

Writing novels is a lonely occupation. But Spokane, which lives up to its reputation as a literary hotbed, boasts a number of talented novelists. Some of the wordsmiths, such as Jess Walter and Chris Crutcher, are close friends. The latter, whose novels include "Loser's Bracket" and "Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes," is a vocal fan of Walter.
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Fun facts about award-winning Spokane author Jess Walter

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 23, 2020

Who says you can't stay home? It's a modification of the Bon Jovi hit, but the bottom line is that Jess Walter has enjoyed a great deal of success as a writer without leaving his hometown of Spokane. Here's a few fun facts about the East Valley High School alumnus.
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Spokane’s Jess Walter has it where it counts: On the bookshelf

Spokane native, journalist and award-winning novelist Jess Walter is publishing his seventh novel this month: “The Cold Millions.” This is in addition to a 2013 collection of short stories and his first book, a 1995 retelling of the Ruby Ridge incident, which Walter covered for The Spokesman-Review.

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