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Writing gives physics professor Asa Maria Bradley a romantic angle

After studying, working in and teaching physics for her entire career, it wasn’t until author Asa Maria Bradley moved to Washington and joined a local writer’s group that she considered …


Colin Kaepernick to release memoir through his own new publishing company

Colin Kaepernick is touching down in a new arena. The NFL quarterback and activist announced Thursday that he will release an autobiography this year through his own publishing company, Kaepernick …


Missteps lead publishing industry to review diversity effort

As debate rages around “American Dirt,” the bestselling novel criticized for its portrait of Mexican life and culture, publishers are pledging to change a historically white industry as critics question …


Locally Writ: Erin Pringle’s cathartic new book is ‘Hezada! I Miss You’

Spokane-based author Erin Pringle, known for her work in shorter-form literature, including “The Whole World at Once” and “The Floating Order,” celebrates the release of her first full-length novel today.


Tommy Orange to speak at Gonzaga’s Visiting Writer Series on Tuesday

As an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, Tommy Orange draws each of his narrators from a wealth of firsthand experience, good and bad. Growing up in Oakland, …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

Gonzaga Visiting Writer Series welcomes ‘There There’ author Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange will speak on Tuesday at the university’s Hemmingson Ballroom.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

‘American Dirt’ book tour canceled, including Spokane stop, in wake of controversy and threats

Citing security concerns, publisher cancels national book tour for controversial novel.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

‘American Dirt” offers a thrilling adrenaline rush and insights into the Latin American migrant experience

At a bank in the border town of Nogales, a Mexican woman named Lydia attempts to withdraw cash from her dead mother’s account. She needs $11,000 to pay a smuggler …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 26, 2020

Karen Treiger, daughter-in-law of Holocaust survivors, to read from her book at Southside Community Center

When Karen Treiger set out to tell the harrowing tale of her in-laws’ Holocaust survival, the last thing she expected to find was joy. Yet in the research and writing …


‘I order for the community’: Library buyers demystify book selection process

The Spokane libraries system have many criteria for selecting new books, but all center around community.


Visiting authors dominate Spokane library checkouts in 2019

“Circe” – a book that explores the perspective of a witch-goddess who appears in Homer’s “Odyssey” – was the area’s most circulated library book in 2019, with 961 checkouts in …


Picking the page turners

A visiting author can make a book a hit. So can a spot on the bestseller list. For staff at the city and county libraries, choosing the right books — …


Pasadena Park Elementary School library uses grant to buy audiobooks, enhancing students’ literacy

Audiobooks will be coming to the Pasadena Park Elementary School library this spring thanks to a $10,500 grant from the Hagan Foundation.


Northwest Passages lines up calendar: Romance and new releases coming up for The S-R book club

After taking January off, Northwest Passages is ready to start tackling this year’s reading list. New novels, romance, running, they’re all on the schedule. In fact, some of it’s so …


A job he had at age 19 inspired Scott Simon’s new ‘Sunnyside Place’

Hot dogs, peanuts, an orderly green field: Sal Miyake loves everything about her first baseball game – a love shared by author Scott Simon as a kid at Wrigley Field …


Upcycled Life: Book safe and storied treasures

Old and outdated books may have outlived their intended use but can still hold a place on the shelf. With some glue, a straight edge and a sharp blade, they …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Sharma Shields’ ‘The Cassandra’ wins a Pacific Northwest Book Award

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association picked Spokane author’s novel as one of the six best from the region in 2019.


Jay-Z is ‘Robert Frost with a Brooklyn accent,’ college professor writes in his new book

Michael Eric Dyson is a sociology professor at Georgetown University, a New York Times contributing opinion writer and a contributing editor of the New Republic and the Undefeated. His 21st …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Poet T.S. Eliot’s letters to muse to be unveiled after 60 years

After more than 60 years spent sealed up in a library storage facility, about 1,000 letters written by poet T.S. Eliot to confidante Emily Hale will be unveiled this week, …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

‘It’s really flattering’: Obama picks Spokane’s Jess Walter for favorite books of the year list

“But the great thing about books is that they get spread by word of mouth,” Walter said. Word about “We Live in Water” might have been spread initially by Twitter …


Spokane author Esther Hildahl receives award for self-published preteen fiction book

Spokane author Esther Hildahl recently won a 2019 Northern Lights Book Award in the preteen fiction category for her self-published children’s book, “Mr. Inky: Spider With an Attitude.”


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Spokane used Book business turns the page to include brick-and-mortar

Bibliophiles rejoiced when books began reappearing in the windows of the former Cal’s Books on North Hamilton Street. Last month, a new sign went up announcing the arrival of Page …


Book World: 50 notable works of fiction in 2019

As 2019 hurdles to an end, the staff book lovers at the Washington Post picked out their favorite reads of the year.


It’s a book club, right? Northwest Passages 2019 in review

Reading is a cornerstone of conversation, and we like to talk at The Spokesman-Review. What newspaper doesn’t like a good story?


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

Shawn Vestal: From the Palouse to the Puget Sound, new book delves into Washington’s lost literary history

In his fascinating new book “Salmon Eaters to Sagebrushers: Washington’s Lost Literary Legacy,” Peter Donahue exhumes the state’s deep literary history from the late 1800s through the 1960s.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Help Northwest Passages turn #GivingTuesday into #GivingNewsDay

You can help The Spokesman-Review reach our fundraising goal with a donation to the Community Journalism and Civic Engagement Fund through the Innovia Foundation. Donations will help bring two government …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

Rick Reilly talks value of ‘integrity’ in golf and democracy at CdA library, where books have been hidden

“My first thought was, ‘That’s crazy,’ ” Reilly said. “I’ve heard of people burning books, destroying books, stealing books from libraries. I never heard of someone hiding them, but that’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Best and brightest: Spokane-area women, past and present, blaze trails

Earlier this fall, The Spokesman-Review honored 15 women for the work they have done to improve the quality of life in the Inland Northwest. (Revisit those stories at spokesman.com/sections/women-of-the-year/.) On …


Harry Bosch still going strong in Michael Connelly’s latest, ‘The Night Fire’

Michael Connelly has kept a freshness to each of his novels about LAPD Detective Harry Bosch by discovering new aspects about his perennial hero, and by bringing in solid, believable …


Dinnisons continue to support local artists at Boo Radley’s, Atticus

After carrying Christ Bovey prints for several years at Atticus, Andy and Kris Dinnison helped the artist create his first book, “Vintage Spokane: The Art of Chris Bovey.”