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Book Notes: Get Lit! prepares wide-ranging programs

Get Lit! 2014 is beginning to take shape.

Spokane’s annual literary festival, sponsored by Eastern Washington University, will be at various locations April 7-13. It will, as in past years, include workshops, readings and poetry slams.

Some of the writers scheduled to appear include:

• Poet Matthew Zapruder, author of four poetry collections, with a new book, “Sun Bear,” due out April 1. He won the 2007 William Carlos Williams Prize from the Poetry Society of America.

• Montana writer David Abrams, whose debut novel “Fobbit” is an Iraq war comedy that was a New York Times Notable Book in 2012.

Chitra Divakaruni, whose short story collection “Arranged Marriage” won the American Book Award in 1995. She teaches at the University of Houston.

• Boise writer and 2010 Guggenheim Fellow Anthony Doerr, author of “Memory Wall,” “About Grace” and the forthcoming “All the Light We Cannot See.”

• Novelist, journalist and National Book Award winner William T. Vollmann, whose books include “Europe Central,” “Rising Up and Rising Down” and “Last Stories and Other Stories,” due out in July.

Alex Sánchez, the Mexican-born writer whose award-winning novels for teens and young adults include “Rainbow Boys,” “So Hard to Say,” and “Getting It.”

Among local and regional authors participating are Sharma Shields (“Favorite Monsters”), Spokesman-Review columnist Shawn Vestal (“Godforsaken Idaho”), Jill Malone (“Giraffe People”), Nance Van Winckel (“Pacific Walkers”), Buddy Levy (“Conquistador: Hernán Cortés, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs”), Gregory Spatz (“Half as Happy”), Brooke Matson (“The Moons”) and Spokane poet laureate Thom Caraway (“A Visitor’s Guide to North Dakota: Poems”).

For more information on events, schedules and tickets, visit

Poetry at the Bartlett

Buddy Wakefield is a three-time spoken word world champion who has been published in dozens of books and featured on NPR, the BBC and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.

The Seattle-based poet is coming to Spokane at 8 p.m. Monday to perform at the Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. Tickets are $12 in advance (at or $14 door. Call (509) 747-2174 for more information.