The Bookshelf

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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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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 Hagen 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 and Marlon James joins me now to talk about his work and the event with Spokane Community Colleges.

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.

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.

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.

Rajah Bose


Jess Walter's new novel, The Cold Millions is set in Spokane during the labor disputes of the early 20th century. Hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as "A Scorsese-esque period piece, populated by cops, drunks, variety girls, temperance ladies, job sharks, Pinkertons, and Wobblies” The novel follows two adventure seeking brothers, the wealthy enemies who threaten them, and the women who reveal to them an unjust world on the brink of upheaval.

Jess Walter lives in his hometown, Spokane, and he joined SPR's Chris Maccini to talk about the new novel.

How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism is read for The Bookshelf by the author, Eileen Garvin. It was first broadcast in 2011. Garvin's debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton in 2021.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters. More information at www.eileengarvin.com

Eileen Garvin is the author of How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism.

Her debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters.

How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism is read for The Bookshelf by the author, Eileen Garvin. It was first broadcast in 2011. Garvin's debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton in 2021.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters. More information at www.eileengarvin.com

Eileen Garvin is the author of How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism.

Her debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters.

How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism is read for The Bookshelf by the author, Eileen Garvin. It was first broadcast in 2011. Garvin's debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton in 2021.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters. More information at www.eileengarvin.com

Eileen Garvin is the author of How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism.

Her debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters.

How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism is read for The Bookshelf by the author, Eileen Garvin. It was first broadcast in 2011. Garvin's debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton in 2021.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters. More information at www.eileengarvin.com

Eileen Garvin is the author of How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism.

Her debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters.

How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism is read for The Bookshelf by the author, Eileen Garvin. It was first broadcast in 2011. Garvin's debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton in 2021.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters. More information at www.eileengarvin.com

Eileen Garvin is the author of How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism.

Her debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters.

How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism is read for The Bookshelf by the author, Eileen Garvin. It was first broadcast in 2011. Garvin's debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton in 2021.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters. More information at www.eileengarvin.com

Eileen Garvin is the author of How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism.

Her debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters.

How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism is read for The Bookshelf by the author, Eileen Garvin. It was first broadcast in 2011. Garvin's debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton in 2021.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters. More information at www.eileengarvin.com

Eileen Garvin is the author of How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism.

Her debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters.

How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism is read for The Bookshelf by the author, Eileen Garvin. It was first broadcast in 2011. Garvin's debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton in 2021.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters. More information at www.eileengarvin.com

Eileen Garvin is the author of How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism.

Her debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters.

How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism is read for The Bookshelf by the author, Eileen Garvin. It was first broadcast in 2011. Garvin's debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton in 2021.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters. More information at www.eileengarvin.com

Eileen Garvin is the author of How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism.

Her debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters.

How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism is read for The Bookshelf by the author, Eileen Garvin. It was first broadcast in 2011. Garvin's debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton in 2021.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters. More information at www.eileengarvin.com

Eileen Garvin is the author of How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism.

Her debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters.

How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism is read for The Bookshelf by the author, Eileen Garvin. It was first broadcast in 2011. Garvin's debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton in 2021.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters. More information at www.eileengarvin.com

Eileen Garvin is the author of How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism.

Her debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters.

How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism is read for The Bookshelf by the author, Eileen Garvin. It was first broadcast in 2011. Garvin's debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton in 2021.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters. More information at www.eileengarvin.com

Eileen Garvin is the author of How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism.

Her debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters.

How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism is read for The Bookshelf by the author, Eileen Garvin. It was first broadcast in 2011. Garvin's debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton in 2021.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters. More information at www.eileengarvin.com

Eileen Garvin is the author of How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism.

Her debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters.

How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism is read for The Bookshelf by the author, Eileen Garvin. It was first broadcast in 2011. Garvin's debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton in 2021.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters. More information at www.eileengarvin.com

Eileen Garvin is the author of How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism.

Her debut novel, The Music of Bees, is forthcoming from Dutton.

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their critters.

Now in its seventh year, the Spokesman-Review Summer Stories is a special section in the Sunday Spokesman-Review newspaper featuring original short fiction by local authors on a common theme. This year’s theme is Mount Saint Helens, which erupted 40 years ago this year on May 18, 1980.

On Tonight's episode of The Bookshelf, we present two Summer Stories, "Hope" by Dan Gemeinhart and "What Rises Beneath" by Jess Walter

You can read the full Summer Stories series at www.spokesman.com/pages/summer-stories-2020

Now in its seventh year, the Spokesman-Review Summer Stories is a special section in the Sunday Spokesman-Review newspaper featuring original short fiction by local authors on a common theme. This year’s theme is Mount Saint Helens, which erupted 40 years ago this year on May 18, 1980.

On Tonight's episode of The Bookshelf, we present two Summer Stories, "Bandits" by Sharma Shields and "St. Helen and the Spokanites" by Samuel Ligon.

You can read the full Summer Stories series at www.spokesman.com/pages/summer-stories-2020

Now in its seventh year, the Spokesman-Review Summer Stories is a special section in the Sunday Spokesman-Review newspaper featuring original short fiction by local authors on a common theme. This year’s theme is Mount Saint Helens, which erupted 40 years ago this year on May 18, 1980.

On Tonight's episode of The Bookshelf, we present two Summer Stories, "Feast, Smudge, Snag" by Tiffany Midge and "Waffle Hut" by Neal Thompson.

You can read the full Summer Stories series at www.spokesman.com/pages/summer-stories-2020

Now in its seventh year, the Spokesman-Review Summer Stories is a special section in the Sunday Spokesman-Review newspaper featuring original short fiction by local authors on a common theme. This year’s theme is Mount Saint Helens, which erupted 40 years ago this year on May 18, 1980.

On Tonight's episode of The Bookshelf, we present two Summer Stories, "Volcanic" by Deb Caletti and "The Department of Long-Term Catastrophes" by Eli Francovich

You can read the full Summer Stories series at www.spokesman.com/pages/summer-stories-2020

Now in its seventh year, the Spokesman-Review Summer Stories is a special section in the Sunday Spokesman-Review newspaper featuring original short fiction by local authors on a common theme. This year’s theme is Mount Saint Helens, which erupted 40 years ago this year on May 18, 1980.

On Tonight's episode of The Bookshelf, we present two Summer Stories, "Peebags for Manboy" by Matthew Sullivan and "My Father's Ashes" by Jamie Ford.

You can read the full Summer Stories series at www.spokesman.com/pages/summer-stories-2020

Now in its seventh year, the Spokesman-Review Summer Stories is a special section in the Sunday Spokesman-Review newspaper featuring original short fiction by local authors on a common theme. This year’s theme is Mount Saint Helens, which erupted 40 years ago this year on May 18, 1980.

On Tonight's episode of The Bookshelf, we present two Summer Stories, "Redzone" by Ben Goldfarb and "Fissures" by Kris Dinnison.

You can read the full Summer Stories series at www.spokesman.com/pages/summer-stories-2020

Now in its seventh year, the Spokesman-Review Summer Stories is a special section in the Sunday Spokesman-Review newspaper featuring original short fiction by local authors on a common theme. This year’s theme is Mount Saint Helens, which erupted 40 years ago this year on May 18, 1980.

On Tonight's episode of The Bookshelf, we present two Summer Stories, "Mayday" by Bruce Holbert and "Miriam and Clara, 1980" by Johanna Stoberock.

You can read the full Summer Stories series at www.spokesman.com/pages/summer-stories-2020

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