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Alexie serves up Liberty Lake readings

Sherman Alexie, the National Book Award-winning author of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” will give two readings in Liberty Lake on Wednesday.

First, Alexie will be at the Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave., from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. This will be a chance for his young-adult fans to hear him read and ask him questions.

Then he’ll do another reading and presentation at the Spokane Valley HUB, 19619 E. Cataldo, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The book is fictional, but is based in part on Alexie’s upbringing on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Both events are free and open to the public.

Another Pushcart Prize

Robert Wrigley has proven, once again, that he is in the top tier of the nation’s poets.

Wrigley, who teaches at the University of Idaho, has just won his sixth Pushcart Prize – an award most writers would be proud to win just once.

His poem “Beautiful Country” has been chosen for the upcoming “Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses.”

“Beautiful Country” will also be the title poem in Wrigley’s upcoming volume, to be published in 2010 by Penguin.

Northwest poets

Speaking of top regional poets, Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave., will host a reading today at 12:30 p.m. featuring two Northwest poets: Gary Thompson of Friday Harbor, Wash., and Thomas Aslin, who was born and raised in Spokane and now lives in Seattle.

Thompson will read from his new book, “To the Archaeologist Who Finds Us” from Turning Point Books. Aslin will read from his latest, “A Moon Over Wings,” from Clark City Press of Livingston, Mont.

Both are graduates of the University of Montana. Their readings will be followed by book signings.

Gurian’s ‘Purpose’

Don’t forget that one of Spokane’s best-known authors, Michael Gurian, will read from his latest book, “The Purpose of Boys: Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance and Direction in Their Lives,” at Auntie’s on Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Here’s what a Publisher’s Weekly review said about the book: “Gurian’s team approach to raising a son gives parents the tools and encouragement they need to help boys find direction and fulfillment.”

A doctor’s memoir

Keith Dahlberg, a retired family physician from Kellogg, will sign his new book, “Bridge Ahead: A Medical Memoir,” at Borders Bookstore, 450 W. Wilbur Ave. in Coeur d’Alene, on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m., and Auntie’s Bookstore on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The book is an account of Dahlberg’s successes and setbacks in medical practice in Burma, Thailand and later North Idaho. His work as a physician involved him in such events as the Sunshine Mine fire and the Burma refugee crisis. This is his third published book.

Jim Kershner can be reached at (509) 459-5493 or by e-mail at jimk@spokesman.com.
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