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Review: Just the facts in ‘The Lifespan of a Fact’ at Civic Theatre?

UPDATED: Thu., May 19, 2022

Based on a true story, the play follows Jim Fingal (Nicholas Griep), a recent graduate who has just landed an internship fact-checking articles for “one of the best magazines in the country.” On day one, his editor, Emily Penrose (Deborah Marlowe), hands him a potentially groundbreaking article.

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Schools nationwide are quietly removing books from their libraries

UPDATED: Thu., May 5, 2022

LANCASTER, Pa. – Samantha Hull was on vacation when she got the call about the missing books. Eight titles had melted away seemingly overnight, a panicked school aide told Hull, from the shelves of an elementary school in one of the 22 districts Hull oversees as co-chair of a group representing school librarians.
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These are books school systems don’t want you to read, and why

UPDATED: Thu., May 5, 2022

In the memoir "Gender Queer," readers see author Maia Kobabe struggling with questions about identity, sex and life; the author ultimately identifies as gender nonbinary and asexual. The kid version of "Stamped" shows how racism shaped the lives of five historical figures. Also, "And Tango Makes Three." 
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Liberty Lake City Council rejects effort to ban ‘Gender Queer’ from library

UPDATED: Wed., May 4, 2022

An award-winning book that some Liberty Lake City councilors view as inappropriate for children will remain on the city library's shelf. The council voted 4-2 to uphold the Liberty Lake Library Board of Trustees' decision to retain the book after lengthy discussion by councilors and members of the public Tuesday night.
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Literary Calendar

UPDATED: Fri., May 6, 2022

Scribbler’s Society Virtual Writing Club – Writers of all ages meet via Zoom to write, edit drafts and take part in critique sessions. Email Lindsay Moore at to register. 3-4 p.m. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene Free. (208) 769-2315.
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Viola Davis reveals the trauma that shaped her as an actress

UPDATED: Sat., April 30, 2022

Actress Viola Davis opens "Finding Me" with a double dose of profanity, an announcement that her memoir will be no breezy Hollywood tell-all. Instead, she plunges into her childhood trauma – and doesn't depart those depths for some time. The ensuing introspection gets to the bottom of Davis's deep-seated pain.
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Local Music Spotlight: Icy Ike loves the freedom in hip-hop

UPDATED: Thu., April 28, 2022

Before the refined sound of his more recent songs, Icy Ike started out on SoundCloud, with tracks recorded on an iPad and Apple headphones. In spite of the humble means, he saw a positive response to his music, which kept racking up plays. With some success under his belt, he pushed forward.
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Tobias Wray, Rajiv Mohabir and Chen Chen discuss queer poetry during Get Lit!

UPDATED: Thu., April 28, 2022

On April 22, three queer poets, Tobias Wray, Rajib Mojabir and Chen Chen, replenished wells with a poetry reading at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, part of the Get Lit! festival hosted by the Eastern Washington University. The reading then moved to a discussion about the state and future of queer poetry.
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Eileen Garvin’s ‘The Music of Bees’ deserves the buzz

UPDATED: Fri., April 29, 2022

Eileen Garvin’s first novel, “The Music of Bees,” is a story for this unique time about three people trying to mend their broken lives. It comes during a year when most people feel their lives have been torn apart by a pandemic and are looking for ways to heal. Garvin’s novel provides a story of faith and perseverance.
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Creating furry friends with human emotions in ‘Cress Watercress’

UPDATED: Sun., April 24, 2022

Talking rabbits, squirrels and a skunk scamper and scheme in Gregory Maguire's new fantasy, "Cress Watercress." Through these animal characters, "I can explore universal emotions," Maguire said by phone from his home in Concord, Mass. The main character is a girl rabbit named Cress.
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Rabih Alameddine wins PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction

UPDATED: Wed., April 6, 2022

NEW YORK – Rabih Alameddine’s “The Wrong End of the Telescope,” a novel written in second person about a transgender doctor named Mina who works in a refugee camp for Syrians, has won the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. “This novel explores the complexities of the refugees’ lives,” award judges said. 

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