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The Bookshelf presents daily serialized half-hour book readings, featuring local and national authors and read by local Spokane voices. The Bookshelf, a celebration of the spoken word, is produced by Spokane Public Radio.

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Get Lit! is Spokane's annual literary festival, hosted by Eastern Washington University. The festival will be held online April 12th-18th and nearly all events can be viewed for free from the comfort of your own home. The full festival schedule is at GetLitFestival.org.

In this special Get Lit! preview, we'll hear an interview with festival organizers Kate Peterson and Claire Walla, plus readings from some 2021 festival authors.

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African Rice Heart is an earthy, candid, and poetic narrative that traces Emily Star Wilkens's journey of growth, challenge, and discovery. You too will feel the heartbeat – sometimes strong, sometimes irregular, but always present – as Emily weaves her stories of wonder and longing, tragedy and tears, and ultimately, the sense of belonging she found during her year of service in Béré, Chad. (Summary from adventistbookcenter.com)

adventistbookcenter.com

African Rice Heart is an earthy, candid, and poetic narrative that traces Emily Star Wilkens's journey of growth, challenge, and discovery. You too will feel the heartbeat – sometimes strong, sometimes irregular, but always present – as Emily weaves her stories of wonder and longing, tragedy and tears, and ultimately, the sense of belonging she found during her year of service in Béré, Chad. (Summary from adventistbookcenter.com)

adventistbookcenter.com

African Rice Heart is an earthy, candid, and poetic narrative that traces Emily Star Wilkens's journey of growth, challenge, and discovery. You too will feel the heartbeat – sometimes strong, sometimes irregular, but always present – as Emily weaves her stories of wonder and longing, tragedy and tears, and ultimately, the sense of belonging she found during her year of service in Béré, Chad. (Summary from adventistbookcenter.com)

adventistbookcenter.com

African Rice Heart is an earthy, candid, and poetic narrative that traces Emily Star Wilkens's journey of growth, challenge, and discovery. You too will feel the heartbeat – sometimes strong, sometimes irregular, but always present – as Emily weaves her stories of wonder and longing, tragedy and tears, and ultimately, the sense of belonging she found during her year of service in Béré, Chad. (Summary from adventistbookcenter.com)

adventistbookcenter.com

African Rice Heart is an earthy, candid, and poetic narrative that traces Emily Star Wilkens's journey of growth, challenge, and discovery. You too will feel the heartbeat – sometimes strong, sometimes irregular, but always present – as Emily weaves her stories of wonder and longing, tragedy and tears, and ultimately, the sense of belonging she found during her year of service in Béré, Chad. (Summary from adventistbookcenter.com)

adventistbookcenter.com

African Rice Heart is an earthy, candid, and poetic narrative that traces Emily Star Wilkens's journey of growth, challenge, and discovery. You too will feel the heartbeat – sometimes strong, sometimes irregular, but always present – as Emily weaves her stories of wonder and longing, tragedy and tears, and ultimately, the sense of belonging she found during her year of service in Béré, Chad. (Summary from adventistbookcenter.com)

adventistbookcenter.com

African Rice Heart is an earthy, candid, and poetic narrative that traces Emily Star Wilkens's journey of growth, challenge, and discovery. You too will feel the heartbeat – sometimes strong, sometimes irregular, but always present – as Emily weaves her stories of wonder and longing, tragedy and tears, and ultimately, the sense of belonging she found during her year of service in Béré, Chad. (Summary from adventistbookcenter.com)

adventistbookcenter.com

African Rice Heart is an earthy, candid, and poetic narrative that traces Emily Star Wilkens's journey of growth, challenge, and discovery. You too will feel the heartbeat – sometimes strong, sometimes irregular, but always present – as Emily weaves her stories of wonder and longing, tragedy and tears, and ultimately, the sense of belonging she found during her year of service in Béré, Chad. (Summary from adventistbookcenter.com)

adventistbookcenter.com

African Rice Heart is an earthy, candid, and poetic narrative that traces Emily Star Wilkens's journey of growth, challenge, and discovery. You too will feel the heartbeat – sometimes strong, sometimes irregular, but always present – as Emily weaves her stories of wonder and longing, tragedy and tears, and ultimately, the sense of belonging she found during her year of service in Béré, Chad. (Summary from adventistbookcenter.com)

adventistbookcenter.com

African Rice Heart is an earthy, candid, and poetic narrative that traces Emily Star Wilkens's journey of growth, challenge, and discovery. You too will feel the heartbeat – sometimes strong, sometimes irregular, but always present – as Emily weaves her stories of wonder and longing, tragedy and tears, and ultimately, the sense of belonging she found during her year of service in Béré, Chad. (Summary from adventistbookcenter.com)

adventistbookcenter.com

African Rice Heart is an earthy, candid, and poetic narrative that traces Emily Star Wilkens's journey of growth, challenge, and discovery. You too will feel the heartbeat – sometimes strong, sometimes irregular, but always present – as Emily weaves her stories of wonder and longing, tragedy and tears, and ultimately, the sense of belonging she found during her year of service in Béré, Chad. (Summary from adventistbookcenter.com)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

Melanie Dunea

Kevin Young is the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and poetry editor of The New Yorker. From 2016-2020 he served as the director of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, most recently, the poetry collection Brown and the nonfiction book Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts & Fake News. He is also the editor of the anthology African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song.

Young was a featured in the Spokane Community College’s Hagan Center for the Humanities  "Diversity Dialogues: Conversations About Race and Equity."

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Claudia Rankine, a poet, essayist and professor at Yale University. Her 2014 book Citizen: An American Lyric which explores the relentless, personal effects of microaggressions and everyday racism was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. In her latest book, Just Us:An American Conversation, Rankine sets out to have uncomfortable conversations with white people about race and how (or whether) they perceive their own whiteness. 

 Using funds from her 2016 MacArthur Fellowship, Rankine founded the The Racial Imaginary Institute, an interdisciplinary center for writers, artists, and scholars to examine artists' whiteness and race as social constructs. She was the 20201 year’s guest for Gonzaga University’s 4th Annual Race & Racism Lecture.

Marlon James is the author of four novels including A Brief History of Seven Killings, which won the 2015 Man Booker Prize, and most recently Black Leopard, Red Wolf, which was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award. The novel is the first in a planned epic fantasy trilogy set in an ancient, mythical Africa. A profile in the New Yorker called it a novel that “counters the dominant impression of the genre it inhabits. Instead of kings with swords and flaxen-haired princesses, the novel contains pitch-skinned witches haloed in bees, and vampires that turn your blood into blue lightning, and demons that come screeching across rooftops in the dark.”

 James is the first of this year’s Hagan Center Speakers Series presented by Community Colleges of Spokane. The topic this year is "Diversity Dialogues: Conversations About Race and Equity.” Marlon James will be hosting a live virtual event on Wednesday, January 20th at 5 p.m. Spokane Public Radio is the Speaker Series’ media partner.

Dean Davis

An essay on life and death from The Bookshelf and The Poetry Moment frequent contributor, poet Dennis Held.

Glaciers is read by the auhtor, Alexis M, Smith. Her most recent novel, Marrow Island, won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award and a Lambda Literary Award. Her short fiction and other writings have appeared in The Portland Monthly, Tarpaulin Sky, Bon Appétit, Moss, and The Portland Review. She lives in Spokane and teaches at the MFA program at Eastern Washington University.

Glaciers is read by the auhtor, Alexis M, Smith. Her most recent novel, Marrow Island, won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award and a Lambda Literary Award. Her short fiction and other writings have appeared in The Portland Monthly, Tarpaulin Sky, Bon Appétit, Moss, and The Portland Review. She lives in Spokane and teaches at the MFA program at Eastern Washington University.

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