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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.

American Life in Poetry: ‘Cat Moving Kittens’

Austin Smith lives in rural Illinois and is an acute observer of the world at hand.


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

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.

Spatz, Keeble celebrate book launches at joint event Saturday

Spatz’s collection of stories and novellas, “What Could Be Saved,” centers on the world of violins. Keeble’s “The Appointment: The Tale of Adaline Carson” tells the fictionalized story of Kit …

Art and literary journal Riverside Storybook to host release party Friday

Vol. 4 is $10, and the contributing artists will be at the release party.

CdA’s Well-Read Moose celebrates five years in the book biz

A birthday celebration is planned for next weekend.

SFCC’s Broughton gives flight to female pilots’ stories with ‘Where the Wings Grow’

Irv Broughton sought out his interview subjects in between pursuing his teaching career, publishing books in a range of disciplines (other interview compilations, poetry, short stories, plays and even a …

American Life in Poetry: ‘Lost in Plain Sight’ by Peter Schneider

I don’t suppose there are many of our younger readers who have started to worry about the possibility of memory loss, but I’d guess almost everybody over fifty does. Peter …

Robots, basketball and blending in: Simeon Mills’ new novel ‘The Obsoletes’ looks at acceptance and coming of age through an unusual prism

Simeon Mills, a teacher at Garry Middle School in Spokane, will celebrate the release of his book Tuesday with fellow Montana MFA graduate Rob Schlegel.

Everything is Copy: Never again means never forget

The Holocaust was something I don’t remember not knowing about. The danger of difference is clear to most kids, but I understood that the numbers on great-grandpa Max’s arm had …

I know you’re mad at the show. But ‘Game of Thrones’ is still one of the best epic fantasies ever.

When Daenerys Targaryen went full Mad Queen on our television screens last week – and I found myself screaming on my couch, furiously scrolling on my phone as she blazed …

UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 8:34 p.m.

NW Passages: Five things to know about author Nicole Chung

Chung will be in Spokane on Tuesday to talk about her book and interracial adoption during a gathering of the Northwest Passages Book Club.

UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Plan a walk to check out these 10 little free libraries in the Inland Northwest

Though there are dozens more libraries in the Inland Northwest, here’s a look at 10 standouts. For a complete list of little free libraries, visit

American Life in Poetry: ‘My Mother’s Van’

How many of our mothers set aside what they wanted to do with their lives and chose instead to make good lives for us? This poem is from Faith Shearin’s …

Book review: Alafair Burke’s ‘Better Sister’ surprises at every tense turn

Alafair Burke imbues “The Better Sister” with a sense of authenticity as each character – and their secrets and flaws – never seems false. Plausible twists, crisp dialogue and fully …

Poet laureate Claudia Castro Luna wins $100,000 to bring poetry to the Columbia River

Castro Luna’s winning proposal is to convene a series of poetry writing workshops and readings along the entire length of the Columbia River, from the point it enters the northeastern …

Get Lit festival highlights

Lovers of literature are set to celebrate this week as Get Lit kicks off seven days of free and low cost programs designed to foster a passion for reading and …

Get Lit: Poet Schirmann uses ‘Popular Music’ to explore identity, creativity, life

Literary rock stars make pilgrimage to Spokane for annual Get Lit festival.

Amber Tamblyn stresses the importance of turning rage into action

Part memoir, part call to arms, the collection of essays functions as an exploration of Tamblyn’s feminist evolution and an exhortation against systemic sexism and misogyny.

Everything is Copy: The arc of the season

It was, I think, simply coincidence that on the anniversary of his death, my interest in college basketball revived. It wasn’t because we shared that passion. Spectator sports held little …

From poem to plate: Get Lit’s newest addition pairs poetry with a 12-course meal

The Four Seasons dinner is a fundraiser and new addition to the Get Lit line up.

American Life in Poetry: ‘Taking Turns’

I like this poem for the way it portrays the manner in which we study the behavior of others and project our own experiences onto their lives.

Coeur d’Alene Food and Wine Festival returns for a second year

Food, wine, demonstrations, and even a hike of Tubbs Hill are on the agenda in Coeur d’Alene this weekend.

Humorist, author David Sedaris announces Nov. 11 show at the Bing

Pre-sale tickets for the Nov. 11 event are $46-$51 and are on sale now through the Bing using promo code DAVID. General public tickets go on sale April 19 at …

Creating spaces for the soul: Linda Lawrence brings the Hearth to bookshelves

Warm spring sunlight streamed through the stained glass window at the Hearth recently, bedazzling the cozy chair beneath it. For 18 years, tired travelers and busy community leaders have enjoyed …