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Romance Writers schedule conference

Dan Webster

If you want some writing tips, the Inland Empire Chapter of the Romance Writers of America may have just the event for you.

Titled “Matching Toward Publication: Writing and Selling in Today’s Fiction Market,” the conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 14 at the Hilton Garden Inn at the Spokane International Airport, 9015 W. State Route 2.

For a fee of $80, participants will:

•Hear speakers including New York Times best-selling authors Stella Cameron (“Cypress Nights”) and Linda Lael Miller (“Montana Creeds: Logan”).

•Have the opportunity to pitch their projects to a literary agent or editor.

•Attend workshops taught by published authors and panel discussions featuring publishing and law-enforcement professionals.

Conference fee rises to $90 after Feb. 25. Register online at or call (509) 624-5336.

Floods revisited

If you’re up for a drive, you might want to head to Touchet, Wash., on Wednesday.

That’s where Robert J. Carson, a professor of geology and environmental studies at Whitman College, and historian Larry Dodd will present the book “Where the Great River Bends: A Natural and Human History of the Columbia at Wallula” (Keokee Books, 240 pages, $35).

Carson was editor of the book, to which Dodd contributed. They will appear at 7 p.m. the Touchet Community Library, 161 Hanson Road. Call (509) 394-2329.

According to a press release from Sandpoint-based Keokee Books, “ ‘Where the Great River Bends’ highlights Wallula Gap, a National Natural Landmark and a significant spot on the path of the Ice Age floods.”

And the Oscar goes to …

The Oscar nominations came out on Thursday, which gives us a chance to join the twin arts of books and movies by mentioning the five nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay.

•“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” was adapted by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord from a 1921 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

•“Doubt” was adapted by John Patrick Shanley from his own stage play.

•“Frost/Nixon” was adapted by Peter Morgan from his own stage play.

•“The Reader” was adapted by David Hare from the 1995 novel “Der Vorleser” by German writer Bernhard Schlink.

•“Slumdog Millionaire” was adapted by Simon Beaufoy from the 2005 novel “Q&A” by Vikas Swarup.

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

Book talk

•Barnes & Noble Adult Book Group (“On the Incarnation: The Treatise De Incarnatione Verbi Dei,” by St. Athanasius,) 4 p.m. today, Valley Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave. Call (509) 922-4104.

•Let’s Talk About It! Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel (“The Rabbi’s Cat,” by Joann Sfar), 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, South Hill Branch, Spokane Public Library, 3324 S. Perry St. Call (509) 444-5385.

•Tinman Book Club (“Lottery,” by Patricia Wood), 6-8 p.m., Tinman Gallery, 811 W. Garland Ave. Call (509) 325-1500.

The reader board

•Sherry Jones (“The Jewel of Medina”), lecture: “Burqas, Beware: Muhammad was a Feminist,” noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art, Cheney. Call (509) 359-2898.

•Kevin Goodan (“Winter Tenor”), reading, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, University of Idaho Teaching and Learning Center, room 040, 875 S. Line St., Moscow, Idaho. Call (208) 885-6156.

•Pacific Northwest Inlander Fiction Contest Winner, reading, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Auntie’s Bookstore, Main and Washington. Call (509) 838-0206.

•Nancy Owens Barnes (“South to Alaska: From the Heartland of America to the Heart of a Dream”), slide-show/reading, 1 p.m. Saturday, seminar room, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. (as part of the Spokane National Boat Show). Show admission is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 12-18, free for ages 11 and under. Call (509) 991-1002.

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