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Book review: Ed Tarkington echoes ‘Gatsby’ with a gentle Southern drawl

Last week, the copyright on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” expired, so anyone can now use its characters and particulars to fashion their own version, much as Jean Rhys did in “Wide Sargasso Sea,” based on Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre.” That’s why we just saw the release of “Nick,” by Michael Farris Smith.

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The best books of Locally Writ in 2020

With a year of highlighting local authors behind me, the time seemed right to look back and review the list. In no particular order, here are several of my favorites, plus one I’m looking forward to in the new year. All books listed are – or will be – available for purchase at Auntie’s Bookstore.
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The return of ‘The Stand’ and the beginning of CBS All Access

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 31, 2020

Few bestselling books are as big as Stephen King's magnum opus, "The Stand": 823 pages abridged, 1,152 unabridged. However, the latest "Stand" miniseries, which airs on CBS All Access, isn't a blockbuster on the level of what is being streamed on Netflix, Amazon or HBO Max.
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Water Cooler: Books you might have missed in 2020

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 29, 2020

Before getting caught up with 2021’s book releases, here are some of the highlights from 2020 that you might have missed. “Latitudes of Longing,” by Shubhangi Swarup – The weaving of interconnected stories between a range of remarkable characters that captures the magic of the world and its inhabitants.
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The Obamas sign a jumbo book deal with Penguin Random House

The expectations for the books Michelle and Barack Obama have just signed a deal to write are stratospherically high – considering the often dull literary tradition of books written by former White House occupants. Typically, such memoirs sell well despite being terribly polite and discreet. They're intended as an attempt at cementing one's legacy, not dishing dirt.
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Review: Missing a letter? Find a different world

In this year of unspeakable loss, it feels uncouth to recommend the story of a loss that is literally unspeakable. But hear me out because Michel Faber’s new novel is a strange delight – particularly if you have a child around to share it with. There has always been an element of innocence in Faber’s work, though it has often felt overwhelmed by horror and suffering.
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Locally Writ: Audio and visual storytelling is a passion for Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis published his debut children’s book, “The Longest, Darkest Night,” only a few months ago, but work on the project began nearly a decade ago following a rare astronomical event. Illustrated by acclaimed local artist Leslie LePere, “The Longest, Darkest Night” follows a group of forest animals as they experience winter solstice in the wild.
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Ness Elementary fifth-grader releases her first fantasy fiction

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 17, 2020

Ness Elementary School fifth-grader Alexi Kearsley finds herself in the company of people much older than she is – the community of published authors. Kearsley, who turned 11 just last week, wrote the book when she was 9 and then spent months trying to find a publisher.
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Spokane County Library District launching book clubs

Many people enjoy book clubs, but gathering together to discuss the latest book isn’t much of an option these days. In response to current pandemic restrictions, the Spokane County Library District is preparing to launch a virtual book club with an online discussion forum.
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Think local, shop local: A Spokane-centric gift guide for the holiday season

During this holiday season, shoppers can add extra-special meaning to their purchases by not only selecting gifts with thought for loved ones, but also by buying items from local businesses and with Spokane in mind. Here is a list of Spokane-centric holiday gift ideas by The Spokesman-Review's Features staff. If you want to add your gift-giving ideas to our list, keep reading.
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Wrap up holiday shopping: Check your neighborhood bookstore for these 6 paperbacks

If you’re on the hunt for a new paperback, as a holiday gift or just for yourself, here are six fresh ones to suit a multitude of tastes. And remember: Your local independent bookstore very much needs your business this year. If you don’t want to shop in person, check your favorite bookstore’s website or give a call; they’ll have plenty of options to get books to you.
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Water Cooler: Holiday reads

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 8, 2020

Nothing encapsulates holiday romance more than cozying up indoors with the dormant, outside world in view of a frosty window. Add a steaming beverage, an enchanting book and a fireplace to that, and you’re well on your way to conjuring some holiday spirit. If you need a suggestion for an inspiring Christmastime read, here are a few to try.