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New Book Looks at Various Aspects of the Spokane River

A new book about the Spokane River has just been published.

The work looks at all sorts of aspects of the waterway, including geology, the role the river played for Native Americans and the threats posed by industry.

The book was put together by EWU English Professor Paul Lindholdt.

Lindholdt sought out several local authors who had already written about the waterway, and commissioned others to write pieces on various subjects concerning the river.

“There’s this expressive creative personal, portion is the first part of the book. And then there’s the middle third which is personal habitation and history, and native Americana and indigenous habitation. And then the last third is the hard sciences,” said Lindhodt

Among those contributing articles Native American author Sherman Alexie, former Spokane County Commissioner John Roskelly, Spokesman Review reporter Becky Kramer, historian Jack Nesbitt, and noted author Jess Walter.

The new book is simply titled “The Spokane River”, published by Samuel and Althea Stroum Books


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