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State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna joins SCC for a virtual visit

Spokane Community College’s Hagan Center for the Humanities will host a virtual visit with Washington State poet laureate Claudia Castro Luna on Wednesday. The visit is open to the public and will be livestreamed on SCC’s YouTube channel at 6:30 p.m. An additional session Wednesday morning will include only SCC students and faculty.
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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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Water Cooler: Family-friendly Halloween reads

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 21, 2020

If you have children who love to celebrate Halloween but aren’t such big fans of being scared, here are some books they can read with silly and kid-friendly stories about Halloween festivities, flying brooms, magic scarecrows, spooky buses and scaredy cats.
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The old man and the novels: The life of Ernest Hemingway

Eighty years ago Wednesday, Ernest Hemingway’s novel, “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” was published. This was a haunting and tragic tale of a young American man serving as a volunteer, fighting fascists in the Spanish Civil War. America’s entry into World War II was still more than a year away.
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Ethan Hawke tapes audio edition of acclaimed novel ‘Gilead’

When she learned that Ethan Hawke was working on an audio edition of her novel “Gilead,” Marilynne Robinson’s response was to get a better idea of who he was. “I can’t say I was familiar with his voice,” Robinson said of the four-time Oscar nominee whose films include “Before Sunrise,” “Reality Bites,” “Gattaca” and “Training Day.”
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Murders, she wrote: Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple turns 90

Ninety years ago, mystery writer Agatha Christie published her first Miss Marple novel. Christie wrote 66 novels – plus a handful of others under another name – 14 collections of short stories and the world’s longest-running play, “Mousetrap.”
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Montessori teacher uses National Novel Writing Month project as classroom tool

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 10, 2020

Twenty-one years ago, a group of 21 San Francisco Bay Area writers pledged that each would attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between Nov. 1 and 30. This year, nearly 1 million authors will observe National Novel Writing Month, including all 30 students in Spokane Public Montessori teacher Thomas Coghlan’s 2020 class.
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‘The Sound of Spokane’: Symphony celebrates 75 years

Today, the Spokane Symphony celebrates its 75th anniversary. And, although this past year has been less than kind to the symphony, its members continue to draw hope from the countless other trials and tribulations over which they have triumphed during the previous 74.
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Water Cooler: Celebrate banned books week

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 29, 2020

The end of September is the perfect week to celebrate the coming, chilly seasons of cozying up with a book while merrily exercising your First Amendment rights. Why? The last week of September is Banned Books Week, a national awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read.

New health insurance plans available Nov. 1 through Washington Healthplanfinder

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Fall means the onset of the cold and flu season.