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Get Lit! presents Tobias Wolff today

And last, but not least, for Get Lit! 2008 we have Tobias Wolff.

Wolff, the acclaimed author of the memoir “This Boy’s Life” and the 2008 fiction collection “Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories,” will read from his newest book at 1 p.m. today at the Spokane Athletic Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave.

He is the final author to appear as part of Get Lit!, the annual literary celebration sponsored by Eastern Washington University Press.

A professor at Stanford University, Wolff, 62, has received several national awards, including the 1985 PEN/Faulkner Award for his novella “The Barracks Thief” and three O’Henry Awards for short stories (1981, “In the Garden of North American Martyrs”; 1982, “Next Door”; 1985, “Sister”).

As reviewer Liesl Schillinger wrote in The New York Times Book Review, “In these stories – about husbands and wives, rich kids and poor kids, military men and working mothers, compromised academics and callous businessmen, all brought by circumstance to some crux of moral reckoning – Wolff’s voice is unfailingly authentic, while his embrace of the variety of American experience is knowing, forgiving and all-encompassing.”

Tickets to Wolff’s reading are $10. Call (509) 838-8511.

This is Washington

Whitworth University history professor Dale Soden has seen publication of his book “Historic Photos of Washington State” (Turner Publishing, 216 pages, $39.95), a collection of some 200 “rare” photos from the Library of Congress and Washington State Historical Society.

“These photos help one appreciate more of the struggles that everyday people experienced in their attempt to build railroads, mine coal and construct cities,” Soden said in a press release. “They also help people appreciate the Native American cultures that once existed in the Pacific Northwest.”

Soden has taught at Whitworth since 1985. He specializes in American intellectual history, Pacific Northwest history and American religious history.

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Attention poets

Poetry Scribes of Spokane has announced the 2008 version of its Amy Woodward Fisher World Day of Poetry annual contest.

Interested poets (age 18 or older) are invited to enter as many as two poems of 60 lines or less in each of two categories, free verse and rhymed poetry.

There’s a $5 fee for each poem entered. Send two copies of each poem, one with name, address and phone number, the other without identifying information. Mail to: Poetry Scribes, c/o Clararose Childs, 2912 W. Longfellow Ave., Spokane, WA 99205. Deadline is Aug. 31.

Certificates and cash prizes will be awarded to top three finishers in each category. For further information, call Childs at (509) 325-4393.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

Book talk

•Dark City Mystery Book Group (“Bare Bones,” by Kathy Reichs), 7 p.m. Monday, Auntie’s Bookstore, Main and Washington. Call (509) 838-0206.

•Friends of the Cheney Community Library Book Discussion Group (“Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey,” by Rachel Simon), 7 p.m. Tuesday, Cheney branch of Spokane County Library, 610 First St., Cheney. Discussion leader: Sallee Johnson. Call (509) 893-8280.

•On Sacred Grounds Readers Club (“The Chain,” by Paul I. Wellman), 1 p.m. Wednesday, On Sacred Grounds, 12212 E. Palouse Highway, Valleyford. Call (509) 747-6294.

•Spokane Valley Library Book Group (“Hard Revolution,” by George P. Pelecanos), 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Spokane Valley branch of Spokane County Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Call (509) 893-8400.

•Moran Prairie Library Book Group (“84, Charing Cross Road,” by Helene Hanff), 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Moran Prairie branch of Spokane Country Library, 6004 S. Regal Ave. Call (509) 893-8340.

The reader board

•Michael Andrew Marsden (“A Walk in the Rain”), 1 to 4 p.m. today, Coeur d’Alene Hastings, 101 Best Ave. Coeur d’Alene. Call (208) 664-0464.

•Linda Lawrence Hunt (“Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America”), reading, 2 p.m. today, Create, 900 W. Fourth Ave., Newport, Wash., call (509) 447-9277; 7:30 p.m. Monday, Cutter Theatre, 302 Park St., Metaline Falls, Wash., call (509) 446-4108.

•Linda Bjork (“Salmon Cavern”), reading, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Auntie’s Bookstore.

•Anis Mojgani, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Lair Student Center, Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. Call (509) 533-7081.

•Jane Kirkpatrick (“A Mending at the Edge”), reading, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Auntie’s Bookstore.

•Terry Trueman (“Hurricane”), reading, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Auntie’s Bookstore.

•Lynn Caruso and others (“Honoring Motherhood: Prayers, Ceremonies and Blessings”), reading, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Auntie’s Bookstore.

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