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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Jess Walter is the author of eight books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller, Beautiful Ruins; The Zero, a finalist for the National Book Award; and Citizen Vince, winner of the Edgar Award. His work has been published in 32 languages and his short fiction has appeared three times in Best American Short Stories. 

His new novel, The Cold Millions, which is out October 25, 2020, 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

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, "The Thick Darkness" by Shawn Vestal and "Rumblings” by Beth Piatote.

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


What if, right about now, every human soul were to answer

One little question it seems we’ve never considered:

How would we like this world to be?

Please, just imagine it, bravely and from the heart…

Speak it, write it, sign it, and share it…

What if we listen to each other, all the world around,

Starting with the kids?

What if, on what’s important, we find agreement enough to

Finally believe our world can get better? So we act like it,

And so it does? …What if?

-Greg Flint

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

The bookshelf returns with a classic mystery tale from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of the Six Napoleons.

Read for The Bookshelf by Lukas Van der Walde.  Produced by Annie Matson.

Lukas van der Walde reads the conclusion of "The Adventure of the Dying Detective" plus part 1 of "His Last Bow: The War Service of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle

Read for The Bookshelf by Lukas Van der Walde.  Produced by Annie Matson.

The bookshelf returns with a classic mystery tale from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Dying Detective."

Read for The Bookshelf by Lukas Van der Walde.  Produced by Annie Matson.

The bookshelf returns with a classic mystery tale from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of the Six Napoleons.

Read for The Bookshelf by Lukas Van der Walde.  Produced by Annie Matson.

The bookshelf returns with a classic mystery tale from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of the Six Napoleons.

Read for The Bookshelf by Lukas Van der Walde.  Produced by Annie Matson.

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