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American Life in Poetry: ‘Black Belt’

How much pain and anger can a good poet pack into just a few words? A lot in this 15-word haiku by Laura Foley from her 2019 collection of poems …


UPDATED: Mon., July 6, 2020

5 must-read baseball books as MLB returns to action

After weeks of acrimonious discussions over salary between billionaire owners and millionaire players, major league baseball will commence later in the month.


American Life in Poetry: ‘Lip’

Karla Huston, Wisconsin’s poet laureate in 2017 and 2018, lives in Appleton. She’s published several books and chapbooks and does the good work of reviewing poetry for various journals.


Locally Writ: Using people to discover the history of a place

Local author Jack Nisbet’s most recent work, “The Dreamer and the Doctor,” chronicles the many adventures of John and Carrie Leiberg.


Book review: Brit Bennett’s ‘The Vanishing Half’ is a fierce examination of passing and the price people pay for a new identity

Brit Bennett’s new novel, “The Vanishing Half,” is about people who disappear in search of another life, a better place. They linger in a netherworld, negotiating the present while beating …


American Life in Poetry: ‘Fayetteville Junior High’

How fascinated a young person can be with the secret lives of his or her teachers. I left junior high – middle school today – more than 60 years ago, …


Water cooler: Literature on social issues crafted for teenagers

Is your teenager looking for some great new reading? Here are five standout choices. “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi: Reynolds, the current National …


UPDATED: Mon., June 1, 2020

Publishers sue Internet Archive over scanning of books

Four of the country’s biggest publishers have sued a digital library for copyright infringement, alleging that the Internet Archive has illegally offered more than a million scanned works to the …


Kids Summer Book Club: Tales that share some great secrets

If someone offers to share a secret, it’s difficult to say no. It’s exciting to learn something other people don’t know. Once you know, however, you’ve got to decide what …


‘Thief Knot’ writer Kate Milford remembers wanting to snoop and solve mysteries

“As a kid, I was a lot like Marzana,” said Kate Milford of the main character in her new novel, “The Thief Knot.” “I wanted to solve a mystery so …


UPDATED: Sun., May 31, 2020

If you can’t visit a national park this summer as planned, here’s a charming alternative

Every year, I try to visit a new national park. When I was hired two months ago to be a park ranger in Montana, my plan was to visit North …


UPDATED: Sun., May 31, 2020

Locally Writ: Carson and Steve Stauning’s ‘30,000-Pound Gorilla in the Room’ will change your life

“Managers say the darndest things,” father and son Steve and Carson Stauning said to themselves as they began co-authoring “The 30,000-Pound Gorilla in the Room.”


American Life in Poetry: ‘Center Café’

I’ve shared with you a couple of poems from the anthology “Local News: Poetry About Small Towns” from MWPH Books in Fairwater, Wisconsin. Here’s another, by Mark Vinz, who lives …


In ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,’ Suzanne Collins reveals origin of President Snow, Hunger Games

If you know Suzanne Collins’ dystopian Hunger Games trilogy, you know Coriolanus Snow. He’s Katniss Everdeen’s nemesis and the tyrannical president of Panem, where every year 24 kids from the …


Water cooler: Stuck at home? Let one of these books take you away

Just about everyone has the travel bug right now, and the upcoming nice weather won’t make it any easier. Help scratch that itch by picking up a book about travel …


Water cooler: J.K. Rowling releases first chapters of ‘The Ickabog’

J.K. Rowling is publishing a new children’s book online. The “Harry Potter” author released the first two chapters of “The Ickabog” on a new website (theickabog.com) Tuesday, explaining that the …


American Life in Poetry: ‘Naming the Trees’

We’ve featured several other poems by Bruce Guernsey, who lives in Illinois and Maine. But here he is visiting Gettysburg and giving us a poem for Memorial Day.


Book review: The past lives and present glories of the Louvre

In his courageous and erudite new book, “The Louvre: The Many Lives of the World’s Most Famous Museum,” critic James Gardner is bold to take in, and take on, what …


UPDATED: Sun., May 24, 2020

Locally Writ: Janelle Cordero’s poetry collection ‘Woke to Birds’ explores faith, spirit

For local poet Janelle Cordero, writing is a nonnegotiable daily pursuit. She wakes up, sits down to a blank page from her endless supply of notebooks and proceeds to devote …


UPDATED: Sat., May 23, 2020

Bill Gates chooses his five favorite books for summer

It’s an annual tradition for Bill Gates – Microsoft co-founder, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and avid reader – to release a summer reading list in May.


UPDATED: Sat., May 23, 2020

Auntie’s hosting virtual event for Aaron Bobrow-Strain’s ‘Death and Life of Aida Hernandez’

Auntie’s Bookstore is hosting a virtual event Saturday night promoting Aaron Bobrow-Strain’s “The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story.” The work earned Bobrow-Strain a 2020 Pacific Northwest …


UPDATED: Thu., May 21, 2020

50 Cent helps fans with the hustle – and he’s not the only one

“It’s very easy to run through a million in this country,” writes Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson in his newly published self-help book “Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter.”


Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue know what makes a marriage last – even through a lockdown

Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue, America’s favorite feminist couple, have embarked on a project together for the first time, a book titled “What Makes a Marriage Last: 40 Celebrated Couples …


In ‘After the Blast,’ writer Eric Wagner brings to life the science at work at Mount St. Helens

Science writer Eric Wagner’s latest book “After the Blast” revisits the events leading up to and following the eruption of Mount St. Helens. Tomorrow will mark the 40-year-anniversary of that …


‘Hunger Games’ prequel ‘Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ to receive virtual launch

In normal times, the new “Hunger Games” novel “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” by Suzanne Collins would be an occasion for bookstore parties and other group gatherings.


Excerpt: ‘Deep Fire Rise’ brings a murder mystery to Mount St. Helens

“Which way are we even headed?” “Straight on through the trees there. I’ll let you know if you’re going the wrong direction.”


UPDATED: Sun., May 17, 2020

Locally Writ: Trace Kerr finds inspiration in Monroe Street Bridge for her first novel, ‘The Names We Take’

A few years after moving to Spokane, local author Trace Kerr started to realize it was only a matter of time before she would break down and write a post-apocalyptic …


UPDATED: Thu., May 14, 2020

Jess Walter’s ‘Magnificent Desolation’ gets ‘Selected Shorts’ treatment with Bobby Cannavale

Long before works of short fiction read by talented actors are broadcast into our homes, cars and assorted listening devices by Spokane Public Radio, they begin life in a live …


Author to look at America’s views of wars, veterans in SCLD website presentation

The Spokane County Library District will host an online presentation on America’s relationships to wars and veterans titled “Sometimes Heroes: America’s Changing Relationship with its Veterans” from 6:30 to 8 …


‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ turns 120

Playwright, chicken farmer and children’s book author L. Frank Baum published “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” 120 years ago Sunday. The book would sell out its first run of 10,000 …