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Bedtime Stories 2022: Rena Priest (Part 1 of 3)

The state poet laureate reads her short story as part of a Humanities WA event

On this episode of The Bookshelf, we bring you the first of three Washington writers who presented their original work at a recent Humanities WA fundraising event called Bedtime Stories.

This year's Bedtime Stories took place on October 21, 2022 at Riverside Place in downtown Spokane. It was a companion event to a Bedtime Stories in Seattle earlier that same month.

The featured writer in this episode is the current Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest. She's reading a short story of hers titled, "The Ballad of Aunt Lottie."

The theme of this year's Bedtime Stories was "Light in the Dark." Shaun O'L. Higgins hosted the event.

This particular episode concludes with a reading from The Bookshelf archives. It features Spokane author Sam Ligon reading "Five Classic American Craft Cocktails," some of the many pieces collected in the anthology Pie & Whiskey: Writers under the Influence of Butter & Booze.

More information about Bedtime Stories is available on the Humanities WA website.

E.J. Iannelli is Spokane Public Radio's Arts and Music Director