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Tom Mueller discusses uncannily timed book on whistleblowers ahead of Northwest Passages event

Considering all that has happened in the last few weeks, it’s remarkable that author Tom Mueller spent nearly seven years working on his latest book – “Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing …

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.

UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019, 5:34 p.m.

Second childrens’ book reading at downtown Spokane library by drag queens draws similar protest numbers

Supporters and protesters turned out once again Saturday at a public reading for children hosted by drag queens. Police were present, but no arrests were made before or after the …

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

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 …

A new report shows reading for fun declines between ages 8 and 9. How can we stem the tide?

Studies have shown that proficient readers are more likely to be successful in school and life, partly because better reading skills make it easier for students to access curriculum in …

UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 10:52 p.m.

Shields dives through nuclear bomb history of ‘loose lips sink ships’ at Northwest Passages Book Club

Before her first novel was published, Spokane author Sharma Shields was already looking to start writing another book.

It’s all happening at the library: Spokane’s library systems go beyond books

Here are some things that might surprise you about the local libraries.

Curl up with a good cannabis book

Ahhh, spring! (or almost.) Rain puddles, crocuses in bloom, opening windows and doors to let the fresh air in, and evenings still cool enough to settle underneath a thick blanket …

Book World: How ‘The Outsiders,’ ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘The Hunger Games’ transformed YA fiction

For a genre that’s so popular among readers of all ages, young adult (YA) lit is surprisingly young: The term was only coined in the 1960s, introducing an official way …

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 21, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

The ‘lost’ works Pulitzer Prize winner discovered by UI prof

The Idaho Statesman reported Zachary Turpin, an assistant professor of American literature at the University of Idaho, and his colleagues recently found previously unknown writings by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne …

UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

‘Educated’ author Westover talks in Spokane about her survivalist childhood, meaning of learning

Best-selling author Tara Westover talked to a crowed of about 700 people Thursday night at the Bing Crosby Theater as part of The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Sherman Alexie addresses the sexual misconduct allegations that have led to fallout

Prominent Washington state writer Sherman Alexie issued a statement Wednesday acknowledging that he’s hurt people over the years, addressing for the first time anonymous accusations of sexual harassment against him …

AI can read! Tech firms race to smarten up thinking machines

Research teams at Microsoft and Chinese tech company Alibaba reached what they described as a milestone earlier this month when their AI systems outperformed the estimated human score on a …

Microsoft, Alibaba AI programs beat humans in a Stanford reading test

Two artificial intelligence programs created by Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba and Microsoft beat humans on a Stanford University reading comprehension test.

How to read more books in 2018

Will this be the year you hit the treadmill for an hour every day, make all your meals at home, learn a new language and max out your retirement savings …

A storytelling podcast for kids (that parents can enjoy, too)

Time to tune in to podcasts, with your kids.

Before summer ends, ease back into a school routine

It’s still summertime but mid-August introduces a ripe time for some back-to-school readiness. Children benefit from a slow return to structured routines, such as going back to an earlier and …

Minimize summer brain drain

Regardless of their socioeconomic background, they’ll forget two months’ worth of math instruction from the previous year by the time they return to classes.

Keep children engaged during summer break

Experts emphasize two essential goals for students throughout the summer – engaging the mind and being physically active.

Staying sharp: Five tips for keeping kids’ brains engaged over summer break

Learning doesn’t have to stop when the last school bell rings. As lazy days of summer loom, parents can encourage steps for keeping kids intellectually engaged to avoid that potential …

Everything is Copy: The man who doesn’t read

Because I like to be around people who know things I don’t, my love life has been replete with physicists, computer scientists, doctors, and even some engineers (in other words, …

Gonzaga grad, Shadle Park native earns spot on Spokane Library board

Casey Linane-Booey, a 29-year-old attorney, said the city’s libraries should continue to expand services improving residents’ quality of life, including community courts.

Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner to do live reading of `Juno’

Ellen Page will reprise her pregnant-teen role in “Juno” during an all-female live reading of the film to mark its 10th anniversary and to benefit Planned Parenthood, according to Entertainment …

Jenny Mollen shares more wacky stories in her new book

Fans of Jenny Mollen don’t want her to hold back – and she doesn’t disappoint.

Portland, Beaverton schools reject usual reading approach

Portland Public Schools, searching for a new way to teach young students to read and write after years of struggle, has decided to go it alone.

Creating Community: Literary Freedom group part of a resurgence in book clubs

The Literary Freedom Book Group meets at Auntie’s Bookstore. It has a long history at the store, but over the past two years it has grown to a core of …

Shawn Vestal: Book fair at Mead school just part of data-driven effort to help kids

In December, Shiloh Hills Elementary School will have a book fair for kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders. Lots of elementary schools have book fairs, of course. But the Shiloh Hills fair …

Mead School District teachers take reading to neighborhoods

He circled warily, his small bike wobbly on the grassy lawn of the North Side apartment complex. He glanced at the boxes of books as he circled ever closer. Finally, …