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Snow cancels Sharma Shields’ release party for “The Cassandra”

Spokane writer Sharma Shields has canceled tonight’s celebration of her new novel, “The Cassandra,” because of snow. Details on a new date and time are to be announced. (Rajah Bose)
From staff reports

Tonight’s book release party for Sharma Shields’ “The Cassandra” has been canceled because of the weather.

Shields was scheduled to celebrate her second novel with a reading at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Spokane Public Library.

“The Cassandra,” which is set at the Hanford Research Center during World War II, has been garnering big buzz. Publisher’s Weekly praised Shields’ “plucky, charismatic narrator and vivid scenes incorporating the history of a real WWII facility,” as the “novel digs into the destructive arrogance of war.”

Shields’ first novel, “The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac,” won the Washington State Book Award in 2016.

Shields said on social media Tuesday morning that plans are in the works for a new launch party. In the meantime, book fans will have a chance to see Shields next month. She will talk about her new book in conversation with librarian and author Nancy Pearl at a gathering of the Northwest Passages Book Club on March 13. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of the Spokane County Library. General admission tickets are $7, student tickets are $4 and VIP tickets are $50 (including a copy of the book and a glass of wine), available at

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