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Happy accident a reason to celebrate for Vestal, Ligon

Shawn Vestal and Sam Ligon are friends. And it was a happy accident that both writers are releasing books in April, just in time for Get Lit, Eastern Washington University’s annual literary festival.

Ligon balances dark and light with dual book release

Most authors don’t release two books at the same time. But to Sam Ligon, it made perfect sense to bring his story collection “Wonderland” and the novel “Among the Dead and Dreaming” into the world simultaneously.

Author finds way to connect whiskey, pie and the written word

Kate Lebo likes lard and rolling pie dough right on the counter with a liberal sprinkling of flour, preferably King Arthur brand. She doesn’t bother with wax paper. Pie-making takes hours, so saving minutes here and there is a gift. It means cutting into that crust and plopping a forkful in the kisser earlier than expected. This is also something Lebo likes – along with unsalted European butter, kosher salt, pastry scrapers and pie birds.

Vestal stunned at winning literary prize

H e thought for sure Anthony Marra was going to win, for his “freaking amazing” book “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.” “I was not sitting there thinking, ‘I wonder if I’ll win,’ ” said Shawn Vestal, author of “Godforsaken Idaho” and a columnist for The Spokesman-Review. “I was thinking, ‘Yeah, Tony’s getting ready to win.’ ”