The Bookshelf

KPBX: Monday-Thursday 6:30pm-7pm

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.

Susan Williams reads the initial chapters of Swamplandia​ by Karen Russell, for Spokane Is Reading.

Illustration: Molly Quinn/The Spokesman-Review | Design: Annie Stranger

Over the summer, the Spokesman-Review newspaper commissioned stories with a "Fair" theme from regional writers. A new short story was published each week, and a few stories could not make it into print. Northwest News Network reporter Jessica Robinson enjoyed those stories so much, she invited the authors to come to Spokane Public Radio and record their stories for the Bookshelf. Robinson also interviews each author on their work.

Oct 6-9: Spokane Is Reading Week
The BEGINNING chapters of Karen Russell's Swamplandia! is read by Susan Williams, in advance of the author's visit to Spokane Oct. 16.

Thursday, Oct. 2: The War Poetry of Robert Service, read by Slatsz

Robert William Service was a journalist covering the Balkan Wars of 1912-13, and volunteered for service with an ambulance in WWI. He wrote several poems about his experiences and those of the soldiers he saw.

The Spokane poet known as Slatsz reads.

More about Robert Service from the Poetry Foundation

To close out the summer, Doug Nadvornick reads Robert Weintraub's account of the Yankee Stadium, the battle with the New York Giants, and the extraordinary baseball season of 1923.