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Book Notes: Region’s poets laureate will gather on Thursday

Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane will host an evening with the poets laureate on Thursday.

The event will include readings from Tod Marshall, Washington’s new poet laureate and a Gonzaga University professor; Laura Read, Spokane’s poet laureate and a teacher at Spokane Falls Community College; and Thom Caraway, the former Spokane poet laureate and professor at Whitworth University.

The poetry will begin flowing at 7 p.m. at the store, 402 W. Main Ave. Call the store at (509) 838-0206 or visit for more information.

Mark your calendars

National Book Award winner Timothy Egan has a new book coming out, and he’s headed to his hometown to promote it.

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero” will be released March 1. It tells the story of Thomas Francis Meagher, a one time Irish nationalist – which earned him a death sentence in England – who eventually made his way to America. He studied law, worked as a journalist, served in the U.S. Army during the Civil War and in 1867 became acting governor of the Montana Territory.

Egan, who was raised in Spokane, won a Pulitzer Prize as a reporter for the New York Times. His books include “The Big Burn,” “The Worst Hard Time” and “Breaking Blue.” He will be at Auntie’s at 7 p.m. March 31.

Hoagland event canceled

Gonzaga University’s Visiting Writers Series is looking ahead to its next event in March, a presentation from poet Robyn Schiff.

The poet Tony Hoagland was originally scheduled to appear on Tuesday, but that event has been canceled.

Schiff, a widely published poet who teaches at the University of Iowa, will speak beginning at 7:30 p.m. March 29 in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium. She also served as editor of Tod Marshall’s award winning poetry collection “Bugle.”

For details on the visiting writers series, visit

Across the state line

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will host a presentation from author and naturalist Jack Nisbet next month.

Nisbet will discuss his newest book, “Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest” from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 9 in the library’s Community Room.

“Ancient Places” examines the genesis stories of the region, ranging from questions about ownership of a meteor found in Oregon, to the great floods that shaped the Northwest 15,000 years ago. Nisbet is the author of several books, including “The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest,” the story collection “Purple Flat Top” and the essay book “Visible Bones.”

For more information, visit The library is located at 702 E. Front Ave.

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