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100 years ago in Spokane: Boys wanted in suspected arson; Robert Frost scheduled to make give poetry reading

Two vacant houses were destroyed by fire in the Morgan Park district north for Hillyard, and now authorities were staging a massive search of the countryside from Hillyard to Mead …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 4:27 p.m.

Art Spiegelman, award-winning artist and writer of ‘Maus,’ to give free lecture at Gonzaga University

The New York-based cartoonist is the first guest of the university’s visiting writer series this year. Spiegelman, creator of perhaps the most academically studied comic book of all time, will …


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 2:06 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club: Author J.A. Jance on the art of (re)invention

Best-selling author J.A. Jance, the latest author to be featured by The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club, is the author of 56 novels, spanning series featuring such characters as Arizona …


The end of the road: Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall looks back on two years of words, inspiration, and road trips

As Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall sprints to the finish line of his two-year tenure, he looks back at the work accomplished, and thinks about what the road ahead will …


The end of the road: Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall looks back on two years of words, inspiration, and road trips

Two years ago, award-winning Spokane poet and Gongaza University professor Tod Marshall embarked on a new journey – as Washington’s poet laureate. The laureate program, sponsored by Humanities Washington and …


Facebook’s streaming TV service picks up series based on Spokane author’s debut novel

“The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly” by Stephanie Oakes will be told over 10 30-minute episodes on Facebook Watch.


The books of 2018: Many good words ahead for Spokane-area readers

Coming out in 2018 are new volumes from a Pulitzer Prize winner with North Idaho roots, two winners of the Washington Book Award, popular local young adult authors and poets …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 10:12 p.m.

Mystery writer Sue Grafton dies in California

Her daughter concluded her posting by saying, “the alphabet now ends at Y.”


Pie & Whiskey: One part pie, one part whiskey, one part literature is a recipe for a fun night

Throw in some words stitched together by some of the region’s best writers – writers under the influence of butter and booze, as they say – and it’s a recipe …


For Get Lit 2017, festival schedule is packed with enticing choices

There’s food and drink. There’s singing. Sounds like Spokane’s annual literary party is ready to roll.


Marilynne Robinson honored with Library of Congress American fiction prize

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and essayist from North Idaho will be honored with a program in Washington, D.C., on April 3.


Turning the page on 2016: Local readers and writers share their favorite books of last year

It’s a simple question: What was the best thing you read in 2016? The replies we received are enough to keep us reading well into 2017.


Anna Kendrick shares ‘goofy and off-center’ life in new book

After a recent signing session to promote her new book, “Scrappy Little Nobody,” Anna Kendrick joked about having a hand cramp. “It’s going to be OK. It’s going to release …


Spokane writers dominate fiction category at Washington State Book Awards

Shann Ray, Sharma Shields and S.M. Hulse are three of five nominees in the fiction category 2016 statewide book prize. Also getting a nod? Spokane’s Jack Nisbet.


100 years ago in Spokane: Famous mystery author Mary Roberts Rinehart interviewed about interviewing

From our archives, 100 years ago Acclaimed mystery author Mary Roberts Rinehart was in Spokane, and was interviewed by a Spokane Daily Chronicle reporter on the subject of – being …


100 years ago in Spokane: City plans for visit by famous mystery writer Mary Roberts Rinehart

From our archives, 100 years ago Famous mystery author Mary Roberts Rinehart was planning a Spokane visit.


Supreme Court rejects challenge to Google’s online library

The Supreme Court turned away a challenge Monday to Google’s online book library from authors who complained that the project makes it harder for them to market their work.


Sharma Shields’ debut novel makes fantastical footprint

In a magical place known as Stateline, Idaho, a boy lives in a small house with his mother and father. Or at least he does until the day his mother …


New voice of the West

It’s not chick lit. Sarah Hulse’s novel “Black River” is the furthest thing from chick lit possible. This lean, taut debut book tells the story of Wes, a 60-year-old former …


RiverLit magazine creates outlet for area writers, artists

Keely Honeywell is pitching Anthology, a fundraising event for the Spokane literary magazine RiverLit at a new all-ages venue downtown, as a literary variety show. “We’ve got fiction readers. One …


Book Notes: EWU’s Kevin Decker lands at Auntie’s

So there’s a “Doctor Who” expert at Eastern Washington University. Who knew?


Portrait of Yakama Indian Lokout adds to history of brother Qualchan

From 1907 to 1930, Seattle photographer Edward Curtis released 20 volumes of “The North American Indian,” a project that comprised 1,500 photographs of American Indians from tribes across the country. …


Patricia Cornwell brings back Scarpetta in ‘Dust’

NEW YORK – Patricia Cornwell never runs out of ideas for her intrepid forensic investigator, Kay Scarpetta. “Cybercrime is now a really big deal, and so Scarpetta is inevitably going …


In Nance Van Winckel’s second book out this year, a Spokane-centered family eyes its past

A train crash, a family swept to sea, a dropped baby, a botched surgery. The events in Nance Van Winckel’s short-story collection “Boneland” are dramatic and life-altering. But her stories …


Book Notes: De la Peña puts young adults first

Award-winning author Matt de la Peña has made a career out of writing for teenagers. The San Diego native who now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., has published four novels for …


Book Notes: Trio take spotlight at Beacon Hill event

The Beacon Hill Reading Series is hosting an Evening of Prose and Poetry at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The free event will feature Marianne Salina, a Spokane writer who is working …


Book Notes: Poet Olstein headlines GU’s Writers Series

The second installment of the Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and will feature poet Lisa Olstein. Olstein won the Hayden Carruth Award for her …


Book Notes: Noted poet Raptosh to read at JACC on Oct. 24

Diana Raptosh, the Idaho writer in residence, will read from her works on Oct. 24 at the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center in Post Falls. Raptosh, who holds the Eyck-Berringer …


Book Notes: Alexie visits to celebrate short stories

It’s been 20 years since Sherman Alexie published his short story collection “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.” Twenty years since critics lauded the collection with comparisons to …


Spokane Is Reading author talks about setting’s role in real-life happiness

It was the winter weather that made Maria Semple love Seattle, which might be surprising, because other people in Seattle talk about the rain and clouds there in incredulous terms, …