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Summer Stories: ‘Where Oh Where Is Tommy Parker?’ by Chris Crutcher

Tommy rolls another joint and hands it over the back of the bench seat to the hippie chick riding shotgun in the 1966 VW van that picked him up more …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 5:47 p.m.

Late fines, printing charges eliminated at Spokane public libraries amid national trend

The move will cost the system about $63,000 a year in lost revenue, but library representatives say that number will be made up in staff time and credit card processing …

Emily Post meets pot

Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of American etiquette expert Emily Post, brings more than manners to marijuana.

Summer Stories: ‘Eat, Drink and Be Merry’ by Sherry Jones

All Jack wants for his 69th birthday is to celebrate the way the people used to: around the table, feasting with friends, everyone happy. Is that too much to ask? …

Summer Stories: ‘Good Little Mice’ by Sharma Shields

Welcome to Summer Stories, The Spokesman-Review’s annual short-fiction series. For 10 weeks, some of Spokane’s best writers will share new, original works of short fiction based on a central theme.

Book review: George Takei has talked about his family’s internment before – but never quite like this

Young readers would do well to learn George Takei’s story of a childhood set against a historically racist backdrop, told in clear and unmuddled prose. As our politicians trade semantics, …

Book review: ‘Those People’ is a chilling portrait of a smug, privileged neighborhood where things turn violent

Last year British author Louise Candlish made her American debut with “Our House,” a domestic thriller about a woman whose life spirals after she finds strangers taking over her London …

American Life in Poetry: Are We Still Here?

This column has often emphasized the importance of poetry that notices what’s right under our noses, and this poem by David Mason, the former poet laureate of Colorado, who is …

Book review: Hanford is horrific for Millie in ‘The Cassandra’

An acquaintance who studied electrical engineering received a plum job offer from a military contractor after graduation. He turned the offer down. Unlike poor Mildred “Millie” Groves in this novel, …

Summer Stories: ‘Oracle,’ by Stephanie Oakes

In this week’s Summer Stories entry, Stephanie Oakes introduces us to Hannah, a woman who faces life on her own terms, even when it all seems predetermined.

Everything is Copy: Travel broadens

Seeing photos of historic sites are often enough for me. I look for experiences with humans.

American Life in Poetry: ‘Origami’ by Joyce Sutphen

We haven’t published nearly enough poems written for young people, and here’s one I like a great deal.

UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m.

Helping young non-readers love books: Librarians and others offer advice

For some, the idea of spending a lazy summer day at the beach or cabin with a good book sounds like heaven. But for a lot of kids, “they think …

UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 9:46 p.m.

Two new Gonzaga basketball players spend time reading to kids

About 20 children turned up at the Spokane Public Library’s South Hill branch to hear Gonzaga basketball players read books aloud.

UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 1:52 p.m.

The Dirt: Owner preparing Scofflaw’s Books, a bar in the speak-easy style, coming to downtown Spokane

Bryan Harkey plans to open the bar Scofflaw’s Books in the American Legion Building in downtown Spokane in August.

Summer Stories: ‘The Island’ by Kris Dinnison

In week two of “Summer Stories: Summer of ’69,” novelist Kris Dinnison tells the story of a family grappling in the face of the Vietnam War.

UPDATED: Sat., July 6, 2019, 11:36 a.m.

Speakeasy-style bar coming to downtown Spokane

Bryan Harkey plans to open the bar Scofflaw’s Books in downtown Spokane’s American Legion Building in August.

Ask Dr. Universe: What’s the best story ever made in the world?

Humans have been telling stories for thousands of years. At first, they told these stories out loud, then they started to write.

Review: by Joyce Carol Oates captures nation’s darkness, vulnerability of girls in ‘My Life as a Rat ’

Rarely has Joyce Carol Oates created a protagonist as compelling as Violet Rue Kerrigan, the young woman who painfully comes of age in “My Life as a Rat.” And that’s …


For the week ending on June 22

American Life in Poetry: ‘A Wedding Toast’

I am often asked if I know of a good poem to be read at a wedding, and here’s one by James Bertolino, from his new and selected poems, “Ravenous …

NW Passages: Five things to know about Peter Heller

Peter Heller will be in Spokane on Tuesday for an evening discussion with the Northwest Passages Book Club. The acclaimed writer of books such as “Kook,” “The Dog Stars” and …

‘Good journey’ tells area history: Wandermere book started as family tale, became more

Mead High School alumni Ty Brown set out to learn more about the history of his family, who founded Wandermere Golf Course, and ended up writing a history book instead.

Everything is Copy: How can I say this so we can stay in this car together?

Mark Twain said many funny, true, quotable things, but among them was not “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything out it.” He simply repeated the quip of …

Northwest Passages Book Club heads into summer

Mark your calendars for events celebrating books, basketball and cooking.

From Odd Fellows to Montvale: New event center will be home to NW Passages gatherings

The Odd Fellows hall in downtown Spokane on West First Avenue has been revamped as the Montvale Event Center. The Northwest Passages Book Club is among the groups hosting events …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Work’ by Sally Bliumis-Dunn

When I was a nasty little kid I once made fun of a girl in my school because her father worked cutting up dead animals at a rendering plant. My …

Reading the Northwest: Peter Heller’s ‘The River’ carries the reader on a swift current of adventure

The author will discuss his latest novel in a gathering of the Northwest Passages Book Club on June 25 at the Bing Crosby Theater.

Filth, embraced: John Waters, Baltimore’s most reputable degenerate, dishes on his new book

Baltimore’s most reputable degenerate offers a sampling of all the things that make him such a civic treasure.


Best-selling books for the week ending on May 25.