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Egan’s ‘Big Burn’ selected for 2010’s Spokane Is Reading

By Jim Kershner, Jimk@Spokesman.Com, (509) 459-5493

Timothy Egan’s latest book, “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America,” has been chosen as the Spokane Is Reading book for 2010.

It’s the true story of the catastrophic 1910 fires in Idaho, Montana and Washington.

This community-wide read won’t take place until October. The official announcement about the book selection hasn’t even been made yet.

But we thought we’d give everyone a head start on reading the book. Egan has written a vivid, fast-paced account of this devastating time in our history – and also does an excellent job of putting it in context with the larger national forest conservation movement.

“The Big Burn” will be the first non-fiction book in the Spokane Is Reading series.

Nethercutt the author

Here’s the most intriguing item on the April schedule for Auntie’s Bookstore: George Nethercutt Jr., the region’s former U.S. representative, and Tom McArthur will present their new book “In Tune With America: Our History in Song” on April 14, 7 p.m.

This soon-to-be-released book is a history of America told through popular and political songs. This book is a companion to Nethercutt’s “U.S. History Minute” educational TV spots, which have been airing locally.

Keep an eye out for further details.

2010 Summer Fishtrap

The lineup has been released for “Matter & Spirit,” the 2010 Summer Fishtrap writers gathering at Enterprise, Ore.

This is one of the region’s premier writers events.

A series of workshops will be held July 11-16 and the gathering itself will be held July 15-18. The special guests: Robert Michael Pyle (“Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year”) and Ursula Le Guin (“Lavinia”).

For complete information about the schedule and how to register, go to

‘Lake Pend Oreille’ program

Jane Fritz, author of “Legendary Lake Pend Oreille” (Keokee Books, $24) and Francis Cullooyah, cultural program director for the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, will present a free program about the early history of Lake Pend Oreille on Saturday at 3 p.m.

This interactive talk will center around the lake’s Kalispel culture and history. Cullooyah wrote the book’s introduction.

The event will be at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture’s Eric A. Johnston Memorial Auditorium, 2316 W. First Ave. This free event will be followed by a book signing and refreshments.

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