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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

Olga Tokarczuk, Peter Handke win Nobel literature prizes

Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk and Austrian author Peter Handke – two writers whose works are deeply intertwined in Europe’s religious, ethnic and social fault lines – won the 2018 and …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019

Northwest Passages Book Club: Author Chris Crutcher on the ache of being a teenager

Chris Crutcher is hoping his newest book, “Losers Bracket,” will be banned somewhere.


Six novels that get to the truth of World War I

Although few Americans made literature out of the First World War, European writers – men who served, women who waited and people who opposed the war – produced novels, memoirs …


Author Eli Saslow tells Northwest Passages crowd that white nationalism can be defeated with community

The writer of a book about the transformation of the movement’s heir apparent said it was relentless humanity that can defuse hatred.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018

Art Spiegelman, award-winning artist and writer of ‘Maus,’ to give free lecture at Gonzaga University

The New York-based cartoonist is the first guest of the university’s visiting writer series this year. Spiegelman, creator of perhaps the most academically studied comic book of all time, will …


Nobel literature prize will not be awarded this year

The Nobel Prize in literature will not be awarded this year following sex-abuse allegations and other issues that have affected the public image of the Swedish Academy that selects the …


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018

Northwest Passages Book Club: Author J.A. Jance on the art of (re)invention

Best-selling author J.A. Jance, the latest author to be featured by The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club, is the author of 56 novels, spanning series featuring such characters as Arizona …


Newly discovered Chandler story chastises medical industry

A newly discovered Raymond Chandler story has everything from an indictment of the medical industry to some mysterious scribble.


Experts say Chile poet Neruda did not die of cancer, deepen mystery

A team of international scientists said Friday that Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer or malnutrition, rejecting the official cause of death but not laying to …


British novelist Ishiguro wins Nobel Literature Prize

The selection of the 62-year-old Ishiguro marked a return to citing fiction writers following two years of unconventional choices by the Swedish Academy for the$1.1 million prize. It also continues …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017

Ishiguro wins Nobel Literature Prize for ‘uncovering abyss’

Kazuo Ishiguro, the Japanese-born British novelist best known for “The Remains of the Day,” won the Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday.


‘Watership Down’ author Richard Adams dies at age 96

British author Richard Adams, whose 1972 book “Watership Down” became a classic of children’s literature, has died, according to his daughter. He was 96.


Nobel no-show: Dylan not coming to Stockholm to get prize

Bob Dylan won’t be coming to Stockholm to pick up his 2016 Nobel Prize for literature at the Dec. 10 prize ceremony.


Spokane is Reading: Anthony Marra’s mixtape

Some read “The Tsar of Love and Techno” and see it as a novel. Others take it as a collection of linked short stories, as is described on the book …


Nobel academy member calls Bob Dylan’s silence ‘arrogant’

A member of the Swedish Academy that awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature to Bob Dylan says the U.S. singer-songwriter’s silence since receiving the honor is “impolite and arrogant.”


Column: For Bob Dylan, the Nobel Prize goes pop

In something of an upset, Bob Dylan was named Thursday as the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, the first to come from popular music.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 13, 2016

Something is happening: Bob Dylan wins Nobel in literature

American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, a stunning announcement that for the first time bestowed the prestigious award on a musician for “having …


100 years ago in Spokane: Famous mystery author Mary Roberts Rinehart interviewed about interviewing

From our archives, 100 years ago Acclaimed mystery author Mary Roberts Rinehart was in Spokane, and was interviewed by a Spokane Daily Chronicle reporter on the subject of – being …


Rare ‘Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland’ copy from 1865 going to auction

A first print-run of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland” is heading to auction, where it could fetch as much as $3 million.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 3, 2015

Novel too sexual for high school seniors, Coeur d’Alene school committee says

A novel that chronicles the difficult transition to American culture by a family from India contains descriptions of sexual conduct that are too explicit for high school seniors, a Coeur …


Doctors recognizing that reading, writing can be therapeutic

‘I really didn’t believe I would make it through childhood, but the act of writing brought me through.” Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s voice is whispery on the other end of …


‘Swamplandia!’ author Karen Russell, headed to Spokane

To see childhood the most clearly required a certain number of years for Karen Russell, whose novel “Swamplandia!” – this year’s Spokane is Reading pick – stars an adolescent girl …


Writers, visual artists team up for Verbatim

It’s an art experiment: Mix two creative types, and see what happens. Spokane is invited to observe the results Saturday at Verbatim, part gallery show and part stage show by …


Abrams’ comic novel ‘Fobbit’ looks at war from a different angle

Before he arrived in Iraq, David Abrams expected to be shaking sand out of his underwear and taking showers maybe once a week. Then his plane delivered him in Baghdad, …


Personal experiences with prejudice inform Divakaruni’s work

Chitra Divakaruni can laugh now about the people who shouted at her in public after 9/11. “Go back to Iraq!” they’d holler, or some similar jeer. But the aggression was …


Poet George Bilgere embraces his lot in life

There’s not a lot of leverage in the middle, not at first glance. As a man in the middle – of life, of the country, of the socioeconomic spectrum – …


Spokane ‘texture’ comes through in ‘Shorties’

Kevin Taylor has a theory: Everybody in Spokane has a story about living here, one of those “only in Spokane” tales that, OK, could happen elsewhere but that seem so …


In Nance Van Winckel’s second book out this year, a Spokane-centered family eyes its past

A train crash, a family swept to sea, a dropped baby, a botched surgery. The events in Nance Van Winckel’s short-story collection “Boneland” are dramatic and life-altering. But her stories …


C-SPAN to profile Coeur d’Alene

Coeur d’Alene’s history and literary life – yes, it has a literary life – will be featured on C-SPAN in December. A production team from the public affairs TV network …


A way with words

Sure, there’s national poetry month. It’s April, in case you’ve been under a rock. And some people celebrate children’s poetry week. Kenn Nesbitt, the Spokane author named children’s poet laureate …