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David Sedaris to read at Auntie’s

Auntie’s Bookstore has scored a coup. The store that pioneered Spokane-area literary readings will present none other than David Sedaris on June 13.

The humor essayist/radio monologist, known for such books as “Barrel Fever” and “Corduroy and Denim,” will do a 2 p.m. reading of his newest book, “When You Are Engulfed in Flames.”

Besides his book and National Public Radio appearances, Sedaris is familiar to area literary fans because of his two appearances at Get Lit!, Eastern Washington University’s annual celebration of all things literary.

In fact, Sedaris proved to be one of the most successful readers that Get Lit! has ever brought to Spokane. He sold out events in 2003 and 2005, both of which were held in the 750-plus-seat Met (now the Bing Crosby Theater).

As Auntie’s representative Lois Hughes said in a press release, “Purchase of the book at Auntie’s is required for admission, photos are not allowed and we recommend that you bring a folding chair. That said, prepare for a memorable afternoon with a raconteur extraordinaire!”

More at Auntie’s

Auntie’s will host a number of notable literary readings over the coming weeks. Following are just a few:

•Samuel Ligon, 7:30 p.m. March 13: Besides being editor of Willow Springs, Eastern Washington University’s literary magazine, Ligon is a writer of fiction. He will be reading from his award-winning short-story collection, “Drift and Swerve.”

•Richard D. Scheuerman and Michael O. Finley, 12:30 p.m. March 22: Scheuerman and Finley are co-authors of the Native American history “Finding Chief Kamiakin: The Life and Legacy of a Northwest Patriot.”

•Molly Gloss, 12:30 p.m. March 29: Portland author Gloss (“The Jump-Off Creek”) will read from her new novel “The Hearts of Horses,” which tells the story of 19-year-old horse trainer Martha Lessen.

• Kenn Nesbitt, 2 p.m. April 4: The Spokane children’s poet will perform during a release party for his new collection “My Hippo Has the Hiccups and Other Poems I Totally Made Up.” (Nesbitt will return to read on April 18.)

•Tod Marshall, 7:30 p.m. April 29: The Gonzaga University English professor/poet will read from his new poetry collection, “The Tangled Line.”

•Michael Gurian, 7:30 p.m. May 19: The Spokane-based author/researcher will present his newest book, “The Purpose of Boys: Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance and Direction in Their Lives.”

For more information on Auntie’s and its reading series, call (509) 838-0206.

GU grads to read

Gonzaga University graduates Claire McQueery and Joe Wilkins will read from their respective works at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at GU’s Cataldo Globe Room.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the school’s 2008-’09 Visiting Writers Series.

Washington native McQueery, who lives in Seattle, has seen her poetry and essays published in a number of publications.

Wilkins, a Montana native who directs the creative writing program at Iowa’s Waldorf College, has been equally prolific; his work was included in “Best New Poets 2006.”

“Claire and Joe are two of our most distinguished recent graduates,” said GU English professor Tod Marshall, who coordinates the reading series. “The have both written remarkably fine poetry and prose, both during their time here at GU and since completing their degrees.”

Two events remain on the Visiting Writers Series calendar: novelist/memoirist Alexandra Fuller (“The Legend of Colton H. Bryant”) on March 24 and GU English professor/novelist Beth Cooley (“Shelter”) on April 9. Call (509) 313-6681.

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

Book talk

•Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers, noon Thursday, Old Country Buffet, 5504 N. Division St. Members are invited to read short work they have written. Lunch purchase required by all who attend. Call (509) 325-2072 or e-mail

The reader board

•Rock Byrne (“Empire and Odyssey”), reading, 2:30 p.m. Monday, BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho. Call (208) 882-7957.

•Claire McQueery, Joe Wilkins, reading, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Cataldo Globe Room, Gonzaga University.

•Michael Steinberg (“Still Pitching: A Memoir”), reading, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Teaching and Learning Center, University of Idaho, Moscow. Call (208) 885-6156.

•Cheryl-Anne Millsap (“Home Planet”), reading, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Tinman Gallery, 811 W. Garland Ave. Call (509) 325-1500.

•Tina Spencer (“Ramsey Judd”), signing, 2 p.m. Wednesday, University of Idaho Bookstore, Moscow, Idaho. Call (208) 885-6469.

Dan Webster can be reached at (509) 459-5483 or For more stories by Dan, see /columnists.
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