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Regional Authors Have Ideas To Keep Kids Active In Outdoors

Every summer the challenge for parents is to figure out what new to do with their children while camping. That’s what prompted Laurie Carlson and Judith Dammel to write “Kids Camp! Activities for the Backyard or Wilderness” (Chicago Review Press, 171 pages, $12.95).

The book features more than 100 “hands-on” activities, including making casts of animal tracks, weaving pine needle baskets, making sun clocks, deciphering the age of a tree, collecting insects and more.

Carlson lives in Coeur d’Alene, and Dammel lives in Missoula. To order from the publisher, call (800) 888-4741.

Also on the shelves

“After Dark” (Doubleday, 340 pages, $23.95) is a new mystery by Portland attorney Phillip Margolin, author of “Gone, But Not Forgotten.” Centering on a murder trial, “After Dark” involves legal corruption and a wrongfully accused young criminal attorney.

Karen Kijewski, author of the Kat Colorado mystery series, has a new book out. “Alley Kat Blues” (Doubleday, 342 pages, $22.95) involves private eye Colorado tracking down the murder of a young woman, whose mangled body was found on a Sacramento freeway.

Kijewski is scheduled to read from the novel on June 26 at Auntie’s Bookstore, Main and Washington.

Co-authors Robert Spector and Patrick D. McCarthy take us inside the doors of Nordstrom, the distinguished department-store chain, in “The Nordstrom Way: The Inside Story of America’s No. 1 Customer Service Company” (John Wiley & Sons, 244 pages, $24.95).

But if you’re looking for a wartsand-all type investigation, look elsewhere. McCarthy is a Nordstrom salesman and Spector is a freelance writer who, together, set out to explain the company’s sales policy. “The Nordstrom Way,” while not an in-house publication, is still a distinctly friendly look at a retail giant.

Cartooning galore

The 1995 edition of “Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year” (Pelican Publishing, 206 pages, $14.95 paperback), edited by Charles Brooks, includes three efforts by Spokesman-Review political cartoonist Milt Priggee.

One deals with abortion and religious intolerance, while the others deal with the Middle East (the Jordan-Israel peace treaty, war with Iraq). The book features 426 cartoons in all from 255 different cartoonists.

Not-so-secret agents

It’s tough getting published. Say again, it’s tough getting published. It’s even tough getting an agent to read the stuff that you want to get published.

That’s why The Author’s Agency of Bellevue is faxing out invitations to would-be writers, soliciting nonfiction, fiction and screenplay manuscripts. The company owners are confident that you’ll take a chance with them.

Their stipulation: Non-fiction works can be a proposal, but fiction and screenplays must be complete or nearly so.

Send the manuscripts to: The Author’s Agency, 1075 Bellevue Way NE, Ste 368, Bellevue, WA 98004. To be returned, all submissions must have an SASE. The offer is good through June.

Meeting writers, etc.

If you’re not yet ready to submit a manuscript to anyone (see above item), maybe you’d be interested in the 1995 Pacific Northwest Summer Writer’s Conference. This year’s event will be held July 27-30 at Seattle’s Doubletree Suites Hotel.

The conference will include seminars, workshops, presentations and plenty of chances to mingle with professional writers and editors such as James Welch (“Winter in the Blood”) and Laura Kalpakian (“Cosette: the sequel to Les Miserables”).

The deadline for early registration is July 1. For further information, including fees, write to: PNWC, 2033 Sixth Ave., No. 804, Seattle, WA 98121; or call (206) 443-3807.

Poetry, etc.

In support of an art exhibit on display through June at Galaxy Gallery, Spokane poets C. Michael Archer and Dick Bresgal will join artist John F. Thamm for a poetry reading at 6 p.m. on June 16. For more information, call Galaxy Gallery (located on the second floor of Auntie’s Bookstore) at 838-6693.

The reader board

Spokane author Mary Buckham, author of “Spokane: The Complete Guide to the Hub of the Inland Northwest,” (Johnson Associates International, 256 pages, $14.95 paperback), will read from her book at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Auntie’s Bookstore.

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