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Thomas Cahill to read from ‘Mysteries’

Anyone who has an interest in the world at large would benefit from reading the books of Thomas Cahill.

Cahill, who will visit Auntie’s Bookstore at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, is the author of such notable histories as “How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe” and “Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter.”

His appearance at Auntie’s will be in support of his latest book, “Mysteries of the Middle Ages: And the Beginning of the Modern World.”

“Cahill offers a fascinating portrayal of the intellectual richness that foreshadows the coming Renaissance,” wrote a reviewer for the Rocky Mountain News.

“(He) deftly focuses on key locations and major figures that form the foundations of Renaissance and Modern thought in feminism, science, and art.”

As with all Auntie’s literary events, Cahill’s reading is free and open to the public.

•Mike Harmon’s scheduled reading Wednesday at Auntie’s has been postponed. Harmon’s new book is “The Last Exit to Normal.” No alternate date has been chosen.

Get Lit! tix

Tickets are on sale for the main events of the 2008 Get Lit! literary event, which is sponsored by Eastern Washington University Press. Dates and prices are as follows:

•April 17, 7:30 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater: Diana Abu-Jaber, $15/$10 (plus fees).

•April 18, 7:30 p.m., Showalter Hall, EWU’s Cheney campus: Evening of jazz and poetry, $15 (plus fees).

•April 19, 4:15 p.m., Crosby Theater: Thomas Lynch, $10/$5 (plus fees).

•April 19, 7:30 p.m., Crosby Theater: Naomi Wolf, $25/$15 (plus fees).

•April 20, 1 p.m., Spokane Club: Tobias Wolff, $10. Can be purchased through Auntie’s Bookstore at (509) 838-0206, or through EWU Press at (509) 368-6587.

To order tickets, call (509) 325-SEAT or (800) 325-SEAT, or go online at For questions about Get Lit!, call (509) 368-3574.

Young writers

Sandpoint-based Lost Horse Press will hold its annual Young Writers of the Lost Horse young-adult writing and book-arts conference on April 11 and 12 for public, private and home-schooled students in grades 5 through 12 who live in Idaho’s Bonner and Boundary counties.

The free conference will be held at the Sandpoint branch of the East Bonner Country Library District, 1407 Cedar St.

Call (208) 255-4410, e-mail losthorsepress@mindspring. com or go online at

•Space is still available at the 2008 Coeur d’Alene Writer’s Workshop, featuring Randy Ingermanson, which will be held April 25 and 26 at Coeur d’Alene’s Ameritel Inn, 333 Ironwood Ave.

For registration and fees, go online at Or call (208) 687-2900 or (208) 623-3153.

Wanted: nominations

It’s time for the Idaho Library Association to recognize the best book of 2007. To that end, the association is seeking nominations for its annual Idaho Book of the Year prize.

Requirements: The book can be in any genre and written for any age group, as long as it was published in 2007 and the subject relates to Idaho (or the author is from Idaho).

Deadline for nominations is May 16. For further information, call Ruth Funabiki at (208) 885-2158, e-mail her at or go online at

Awards galore

Eastern Washington University student Alex Wolfe won the essay contest at the recent Spokane Peace Prizes and Essay Contest.

Wolfe’s win was announced at a March 21 ceremony at the Community Building. For further information, call Tom Brooks at (509) 455-6284.

Book talk

•Gay and Lesbian Book Group (“Close Range: Wyoming Stories,” by Annie Proulx), 7 p.m. Tuesday, Auntie’s Bookstore, Main and Washington. Call (509) 838-0206.

The reader board

•Thomas Cahill (“Mysteries of the Middle Ages: And the Beginning of the Modern World”), 7:30 p.m. Monday, Auntie’s Bookstore.

•John Scherer (“Five Questions That Change Everything: Life Lessons at Work”), presentation, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Red Lion Hotel at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive. Call (509) 326-8000.

•Eileen Delahanty Pearkes (“The Glass Seed”), reading, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Auntie’s Bookstore.

•Susan Power (“Roofwalker”), reading, 7 p.m. Thursday, Washington State University Museum of Art, Pullman. Call (509) 335-8747.

•Tim Flannery (“The Weather Makers”), reading, 10 a.m. Saturday, Showalter Auditorium, Eastern Washington University’s Cheney campus. Call (509) 259-2822.

•Lars Brown (“North World”), signing, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Merlyn’s, 19 W. Main Ave. Call (509) 624-0957.

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