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Book notes: Library to begin reading program June 1

Summer’s coming, which means something special to young readers.

Free from the need to worry about homework, June, July and August offer a collective opportunity to discover all those great novels your teachers have been recommending as long as you can remember.

Remember: Becoming a good writer starts with being a good reader. Studying how someone such as Harper Lee, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” tells a story can teach you all you need to know to score A grades on your school essays.

In that vein, Spokane Public Library will unveil its 2008 Summer Reading program on June 1 with a slightly different look than in years past.

Instead of working from a set list, participants can read any 15 books they want. Those who finish before the end of August will receive “a special prize.”

The program also will feature six weeks of events aimed at teens and below. For a full schedule go to, or call (509) 444-5300.

By the way, if you want to see my 15 suggested summer reads, go online at www.spokane7. com/blogs/moviesandmore/archive.asp? postID=6963.

“For the next couple of months, Spokane Public Library’s continuing movie series will feature films that originated as stage plays.

Coming Wednesday is “A Man for All Seasons,” Fred Zinneman’s multiple-Oscar-winning 1966 film that Robert Bolt adapted from his own play (originally written for the BBC in 1954, produced on the London stage in 1960).

On June 11, the library will present “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” Mike Nichols’ 1966 adaptation (also winner of several Oscars) of Edward Albee’s play that premiered in New York in 1962.

Both movies screen at 5:30 p.m. at the library’s downtown branch, 906 W. Main Ave., and are free and open to the public. Call the library number listed above for information.

Video Idaho

Author Dan Miller will discuss his book “Little Patch of Idaho: A History of the Craig Mountain Region” on Friday at Auntie’s Bookstore (see below). If you want to check out a video preview of the presentation, go online at www.klewtv. com/features/nwmorning/15407241.html.

In print

“Two regional writers have seen their work accepted by the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, specifically the “Tribute to Moms” edition.

Teri Elders of Colville had her story “Tea for Two,” and Spokane writer Cindy Hval had three stories – “Milestone,” “Blame It on Breastfeeding” and “Hands-Free” – included in the book. For order information, go online to

“Gonzaga University President Rev. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., is author of the just-published “Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life: A Practical Guide to Prayer for Active People” (Ignatius Press, 171 pages, $14.95 paper).

According to a GU press release, “Based on the many retreats and seminars that Rev. Spitzer has given over the years, the book presents five essential means through which the contemplative and active aspects of people’s lives can come together to strengthen their spiritual lives.”

For more information, go online at

Lone Pine time

In last week’s column I posted a blurb about a new guidebook, “Washington and Oregon Nature Guide.”

In my clumsiness, I mistyped the name of the publishing company: Auburn, Wash.-based Lone Pine Publishing. Call (253) 394-0400 or toll-free at (800) 518-3541.

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

Book talk

“Auntie’s Morning Book Group (“The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey,” by Candace Millard), 11 a.m. Tuesday, Auntie’s Bookstore, Main Avenue and Washington Street. Call (509) 838-0206.

“Auntie’s Evening Book Group (“The Road,” by Cormac McCarthy), 7 p.m. Tuesday, Auntie’s Bookstore.

“North Spokane Library Book Group (“The Namesake,” by Jhumpa Lahiri), 7 p.m. Wednesday, North Spokane branch of Spokane Country Library District, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Call (509) 893-8350.

Reader board

“N.D. Wilson (“100 Cupboards”), reading, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Auntie’s Bookstore.

“Susanna Sonnenberg (“Her Last Death: A Memoir”), reading, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Auntie’s Bookstore.

“Dan Miller (“Little Patch of Idaho: A History of the Craig Mountain Region”), reading, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Auntie’s Bookstore.

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