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Sue Monk Kidd’s next novel imagines a married Jesus

NEW YORK – Sue Monk Kidd’s next novel is very much a work of fiction. “The Book of Longings” is the fourth novel by the author known for such bestsellers …


Michelle Obama’s next project is a companion to ‘Becoming’

Michelle Obama’s first book since “Becoming” is more about her readers than about herself


Books: Twenty years after ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower,’ Stephen Chbosky delivers a thrilling surprise

“Imaginary Friend” is Stephen Chbosky’s first new novel in 20 years, and it comes as a complete surprise. Chbosky’s only other published work, 1999’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” …


American Life in Poetry: ‘Rain Changing to Snow’

I’d guess that at least every other person reading this column did at one time, as a child, carry home some animal that he or she wouldn’t be able to …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 3, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Timothy Egan comes home to share ‘A Pilgrimage to Eternity’ with Northwest Passages Book Club

Seattle writer Timothy Egan, the National Book Award-winning author of “The Worst Hard Times,” as well as “The Big Burn” about the Great Fire of 1910, is coming to his …


Life as a homeless teen inspires ‘The Butterfly Girl’

Rene Denfeld’s new novel “The Butterfly Girl” is a heartbreaking story of children living on the streets of Portland who face some of the worst kinds of predatory crimes, including …


Rob Curley: These women are the inspiration we all need right now

It wasn’t an R or a D moment. It had nothing to with a political party. It was about a promise to a daughter, one who as a little girl …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 15, 2019, 1:33 p.m.

Northwest Passages: Ben Goldfarb will discuss ‘Eager: The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter” on Wednesday

The Spokesman-Review Outdoors editor Eli Francovich will lead the conversation with Ben Goldfarb at the Northwest Passages Book Club on Wednesday. Here are five things to know about Goldfarb and …


Raina Telgemeier became hero to millions of readers by showing how uncomfortable growing up can be

Over the past decade, the accidental memoirist has grown into a YA rock star by becoming an open book. Telgemeier’s largely autobiographical stories are so accessible and emotionally resonant that …


Review: Raina Telgemeier makes gutsy move with new book, and kids and parents will love it

The graphic novelist who first cracked the bestseller list by writing about her teeth has turned her focus to another part of her body, her stomach. It’s yes, a gutsy …


Gonzaga Visiting Writers Series books ‘There There’ author Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange is coming back to Spokane. The celebrated author of “There There” will be part of the 2019-20 Gonzaga Visiting Writers Series. His visit is planned for Feb. 4, …


Summer Stories: ‘Magnificent Desolation’ by Jess Walter

In the final installment of the 2019 Summer Stories series, Jess Walter tells the tale of a teacher dealing with the parents of his worst student. Revisit previous entries in …


Author Ben Goldfarb brings his message of beaver admiration to Northwest Passages stage

Ben Goldfarb will discuss his PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award-winning book “Eager: The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter” with the Northwest Passages Book Club on …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

Emily Ruskovich receives Dublin Literary Award for her debut novel

Emily Ruskovich, a North Idaho native and award-winning author, received the prestigious International Dublin Literary Award for her debut novel, Idaho, which was published in Jan. 2017. Some of Ruskovich’s …


Summer Stories: ‘Summer of Love’ by Thom Caraway

“You know what the problem is, don’t you?” Paul leaned forward. It had been a sunny day, but evening settled in cool. It smelled like grass and hot concrete. Al …


American Life in Poetry: ‘California Hills in August’

Let’s hope that by the time this column appears, all fires in California have been extinguished. I wanted to offer you a poem that shows us what that beautiful but …


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.