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Get Lit! offers hint of mystery

There's a mystery to Get Lit! 2007. Not that we don't know who's responsible for it. As has been true throughout the literary festival's nine years of existence, the host is Eastern Washington University Press.
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Vonnegut’s gone but his words will remain

I was going to confine this column to the literary-related events being offered in Spokane and Cheney this week that aren't associated with Get Lit! – Eastern Washington University's annual literary festival, which runs through next Sunday. But then late Wednesday night word came that Kurt Vonnegut had died. So it goes.
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Milk crate readings a warm-up to Get Lit!

We're still 10 days away from the E-ticket events for this year's Get Lit! literary festival – Eastern Washington University's celebration of all things writerly – but the warm-up sessions begin on Thursday. Here's a short rundown:

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April the month for literary lovers

In addition to Get Lit!, which annually makes Spokane the literary capital of the Inland Northwest, April should be a good month for local lovers of all forms of the written word. “Get Lit!, Eastern Washington University's celebration of all things literary, is set for April 18 through 21 at various spots in Cheney and Spokane.
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Minatoya’s debut offers Japanese insight

As the controversy over the recent Clint Eastwood film "Letters from Iwo Jima" shows, some Americans still hold hard feelings toward Japan because of its actions during the first half of the 20th century. Internet chat rooms were filled with heated debates over such topics as the Rape of Nanking, Japan's invasion of Mongolia, its attack on Pearl Harbor and the brutal treatment Japanese soldiers handed out both to non-Japanese civilians and American prisoners of war.
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Book Notes: McManus to read from Bo Tully series

When you think of Patrick F. McManus, assuming you think anything at all, the name Rancid Crabtree probably comes to mind. Or Melba Peachbottom. Or Crazy Eddie. But for the second time now, the name McManus brings up visions of Blight County, Idaho, and its irascible sheriff, Bo Tully.
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Tickets for Get Lit! events on sale now

Tickets to Get Lit! 2007, Eastern Washington University's annual literary event that will be held April 18 through 22 at sites in Spokane and Cheney, went on sale Friday. The three paid events are as follows:
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Get up close and personal

Most film festivals are all about the movies. The inaugural Coeur d'Alene Film Festival, which begins its three-day run on Friday, offers much more than mere moviewatching. There'll be opportunities to get up close and personal with filmmakers, take in a few parties, attend forums on filmmaking and even go on a movie-screening lake cruise.
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Washington authors join Get Lit! lineup

It's not often that two National Book Award nominees come from the same state. Especially when that state is Washington, about as far from the literary center of the United States – New York – as you can possibly get.
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Walter Mosley added to Git Lit! lineup

We may never again see the day when Get Lit! – Eastern Washington University's annual celebration of all things literary – boasts an all-star lineup similar to that of 2004, when Kurt Vonnegut, Garrison Keillor, Dave Barry and Sarah Vowell read to audiences either in Cheney or Spokane. Literary celebs existing in that rarified air don't come cheap.
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‘Innocent Dream’ ended too soon

Those who knew Emma Howell are feeling a natural kind of conflict as they prepare for tonight's reading of her book of poetry "Slim Night of Recognition." On the joyful side, they will be gathering to celebrate the book's publication by Eastern Washington University Press.
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‘Citizen Vince’ chosen for Spokane is Reading

Spokane Is Reading, the annual literary happening that invites people to spend the month of October reading the same book, has made its choice for 2007. It's Spokane author Jess Walter's literary suspense novel "Citizen Vince."
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On a movie mission

Barbara Nicolosi loves movies. She just doesn't love how they deal – or, to be more precise, how they don't deal – with the reigning passion in her life: Christianity. Yet like the person of faith that she is, Nicolosi refuses to give up. The 42-year-old screenwriter, Hollywood development director, and regular consultant on both film and television projects will address her passion for film as part of Gonzaga University's Bellarmine Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Gonzaga Law School Barbieri Courtroom. Her topic: "Why Movies Matter."
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‘My Russian’ author captures devastation with satisfaction

Deirdre McNamer came onto the Montana writing scene in 1991 when her first novel, "Rima in the Weeds," hit bookstores. Since then, between placing stories and essays in such esteemed publications as The New Yorker and The New York Times Books Review, McNamer – a professor of creative writing at the University of Montana in Missoula – has written two more novels: 1994's "One Sweet Quarrel" and 1999's "My Russian."
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First Night to include readings by authors

First Night, Spokane's New Year's Eve celebration of the arts, will offer a special literary presence this year. And Eastern Washington University Press, which puts on the annual literary festival Get Lit!, is using the spotlight as a promotional tool for its 2007 event.