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Spokane is Reading selects Amy Stewart’s “Girl Waits with Gun”

Author Amy Stewart will appear at two free events as part of Spokane is Reading. (Terrence McNally)

Author Amy Stewart and her debut novel “Girl Waits with Gun” have been selected as this year’s Spokane is Reading author and book.

“Girl Waits with Gun” is based on the true story of Constance Kopp, one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs, and her sisters Norma and Fleurette.

The book is set in 1914 Paterson, New Jersey, where a powerful silk factory owner threatens and harasses the sisters, and New York City, where Constance searches for a missing boy.

“Girl Waits with Gun,” which was published in 2015, was followed by three Kopp Sisters books: “Lady Cop Makes Trouble,” “Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions” and the forthcoming “Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit,” which will be available in September.

Stewart is also known for her works of non-fiction including “The Drunken Botanist,” “Wicked Plants,” “Wicked Bugs” and “Flower Confidential.”

Stewart will appear at two Spokane is Reading events on Sept. 27. The first is at the Spokane Valley Event Center at 1 p.m., and the second is at Spokane Public Library’s downtown branch at 7 p.m. Both events are free to attend.

Spokane is Reading will focus on “Girl Waits with Gun” with book discussions and related programs at libraries in Spokane and Spokane County and at Auntie’s Bookstore.

Spokane is Reading, now in its 17th year, is sponsored and organized by Spokane County Library District, Spokane Public Library and Auntie’s Bookstore. Past featured authors include Jess Walter, Laurie R. King, Chris Cleave, Kent Haruf, Maria Semple, Karen Russell, Emily St. John Mandel and Anthony Marra.

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