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In “You and Me and Him,” Spokane writer Kris Dinnison tells the story of two high school outsiders – the overweight music geek and her gay BFF – who fall for the same new guy. This young adult novel will be released Tuesday by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. That night Dinnison will celebrate her debut novel’s release with an event at the Bartlett.
Minnow Bly has lived with the Kevinians since she was 5 years old. When she’s 17, the Montana cult goes up in flames, having taken everything from her, including her parents and her hands. That’s the premise of “The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly” ($17.99, Dial Books), a debut young adult novel from Spokane writer Stephanie Oakes that will be released Tuesday. The book, based on the old fable of “The Handless Maiden,” examines Minnow’s life in the aftermath of the cult’s collapse.
The noted American historian Ari Kelman will be in town this week talking about his latest book, “A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek.” Kelman is a Penn State University history professor who teaches on a range of subjects such as the Civil War, the American Revolution, American Indian history and environmental history.
So it’s been a pretty good 12 months for Idaho writers. Anthony Doerr, of Boise, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction late last month for his novel “All the Light You Cannot See.” Both Doerr and Sandpoint native Marilynne Robinson (“Lila”) were finalists for the National Book Award. And in September, Shawn Vestal, a native of Gooding, Idaho, won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, while playwright Samuel D. Hunter, of Moscow, won the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (aka the “genius grant”).
It’s been not-quite a year since the Well-Read Moose opened in Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone neighborhood. And now, the independent bookseller is ramping up for a series of author events.
Spokane novelist Jess Walter has been named the Spring 2015 writer-in-residence at Whitworth University. As part of the program, the National Book Award finalist and New York Times best-selling author will hold two free events on campus.
When Ellen Welcker isn’t helping students at Eastern Washington University’s Writers Center, she’s writing poetry and organizing readings of poetry – sometimes in her own living room. Welcker, who has a book of poems and a couple of chapbooks to her credit, is one of three poets who will read Wednesday night as part of the Beacon Hill Reading Series. Joining Welcker will be Spokane poet Kathryn Smith and Shann Ray Ferch, whose book of poetry, “Balefire,” was released earlier this year.
Molly Wizenberg, the Seattle restaurateur and writer behind the award-winning Orangette food blog, will be in Spokane next week reading from her latest book, “Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage.” The New York Times best-selling book delves into the marital crisis sparked when she and her husband opened their first restaurant, Delancey, in Seattle.
Portland novelist Alexis M. Smith will read at Auntie’s Bookstore on Friday in a program sponsored by the EWU Visiting Author Series and Get Lit. Smith will read from her 2012 novel, “Glaciers” (Tin House Books, $10.95). The story centers on a day in the life of Isabel, a 20-something thrift-shopper, whose quest for love and the perfect vintage dress is set against the decay of urban life and melting glaciers in her native Alaska.
Linda Hogan, the Chickasaw poet, novelist, storyteller and playwright, is coming to Spokane this week as part of the Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series. Hogan will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room on the GU campus. She’ll also be at Spokane Falls Community College on Wednesday.
When Somers, Mont., teacher/ writer 'Asta Bowen first decided to write the story that would become her novel "Hungry for Home" (Simon & Schuster, 218 pages, $22), she wasn't exactly an expert in wolf husbandry. "I was neither a wildlife biologist nor an animal tracker, and as an outdoorswoman I was more enthusiastic than accomplished," she declares in an author's statement included in her book.
In his book "KING: The Bullitts of Seattle and their Communications Empire," author O. Casey Corr proves that history doesn't have to be dull. Imagine that.
If you've ever spent time touring the Northwest landscape and who hasn't? - you've probably noticed the numerous barns that line the various roads and highways. There are those that seem brand new, with bright red siding and shiny weather vanes. Others resemble something dating from the Great Fire era (1889), boasting wind-whipped walls that seem to shift with each breeze.
If you're going to live in Montana, you might as well at least try and ski. People have been doing so for about as long as anyone can remember. Jean Arthur, who writes the occasional travel story for The Spokesman-Review, tells the story of how skiing came to the high slopes near Whitefish in her book "Hellroaring: Fifty Years on The Big Mountain" (Whitefish Editions, 80 pages, $29.95 paperback).
According to Spokesman-Review staffer Susan English, the recent Northwest Bookfest was a big hit. The second-annual benefit literary event, which was held in Seattle Oct. 26-27, attracted more than 23,000 people. Literary lovers such as English attended author readings, panel discussions, bookseller exhibits and interactive multimedia demonstrations.
Laura Corn won't reveal her age. She's being coy, of course. She's flirting with someone who can give her the publicity that any author craves and most need. Corn's problem with publicity is compounded by the fact that she self-publishes. Of course, the Santa Monica, Calif., writer compensates by publishing books with catchy titles.
If you haven't yet read Tim Egan's book "Breaking Blue," you're a little out of date. It was published in hardback by Knopf in 1992. But you now have another chance. Sasquatch Books of Seattle has purchased the paperback rights, and the book (267 pages, $14.95) is due out this month. "Breaking Blue" tells the story of former Pend Oreille County Sheriff Tony Bamonte's investigation of a half-century-old murder. The victim was the town marshal of Newport, Wash., George Conniff, and Bamonte contended that the murder was committed by Clyde Ralstin, a former detective on the Spokane Police Department.
The February edition of GMP (George & Gertie's Place) is on the stands. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, you should know that GMP is a homey (as opposed to homely) little Spokane-produced newsletter that prides itself on whimsical polemics. For example, the cover story for February reprints the contents of a humbug-sounding Christmas message sent out by Cheney resident Steve Peterson.