The Bookshelf

Pivot Spokane is a live storytelling event hosted quarterly. This event was recorded live on February 6, 2020. The theme of the evening was "Hooked." In this episode, storytellers Ryan Tucker, Kate Burke, and Josh Porter take the stage.

Julia Sweeney

In celebration of Spokane Public Radio's 40th Anniversary, we present this episode from the archives, "Auntie's Voices: Nancy Roth Interviews Julia Sweeney," which originally aired in the 1990s. 

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Part 8

Feb 19, 2020

This classic adventure story was the first novel published by H.G. Wells, considered by many to be the father of science fiction. First serialized in The New Review in 1895, The Time Machine is credited with popularizing the concept of time travel.

Join Tom Lee as he reads this exciting story for The Bookshelf.

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Part 7

Feb 18, 2020

This classic adventure story was the first novel published by H.G. Wells, considered by many to be the father of science fiction. First serialized in The New Review in 1895, The Time Machine is credited with popularizing the concept of time travel.

Join Tom Lee as he reads this exciting story for The Bookshelf.

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Part 6

Feb 17, 2020

This classic adventure story was the first novel published by H.G. Wells, considered by many to be the father of science fiction. First serialized in The New Review in 1895, The Time Machine is credited with popularizing the concept of time travel.

Join Tom Lee as he reads this exciting story for The Bookshelf.

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Part 5

Feb 13, 2020

This classic adventure story was the first novel published by H.G. Wells, considered by many to be the father of science fiction. First serialized in The New Review in 1895, The Time Machine is credited with popularizing the concept of time travel.

Join Tom Lee as he reads this exciting story for The Bookshelf.

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Part 4

Feb 11, 2020

This classic adventure story was the first novel published by H.G. Wells, considered by many to be the father of science fiction. First serialized in The New Review in 1895, The Time Machine is credited with popularizing the concept of time travel.

Join Tom Lee as he reads this exciting story for The Bookshelf.

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Part 3

Feb 10, 2020

This classic adventure story was the first novel published by H.G. Wells, considered by many to be the father of science fiction. First serialized in The New Review in 1895, The Time Machine is credited with popularizing the concept of time travel.

Join Tom Lee as he reads this exciting story for The Bookshelf.

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Part 2

Feb 6, 2020

This classic adventure story was the first novel published by H.G. Wells, considered by many to be the father of science fiction. First serialized in The New Review in 1895, The Time Machine is credited with popularizing the concept of time travel.

Join Tom Lee as he reads this exciting story for The Bookshelf.

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Part 1

Feb 5, 2020

This classic adventure story was the first novel published by H.G. Wells, considered by many to be the father of science fiction. First serialized in The New Review in 1895, The Time Machine is credited with popularizing the concept of time travel.

Join Tom Lee as he reads this exciting story for The Bookshelf.

Spokane Public Radio

Nancy Roth and Verne Windham interview Jess Walter about his book of short stories, We Live in Water. 

Jess Walter, a former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, is the author of six novels, one book of short stories and one nonfiction book. His work has been translated into 32 languages, and his fiction has been selected three times for Best American Short Stories as well as the Pushcart Prize and Best American Nonrequired Reading.

The Pied Piper was one of the first locally produced programs ever aired on Spokane Public Radio. It made its debut in 1980, the same year SPR went on the air. The Pied Piper was concieved as an "imaginative family listening" program. Episodes featured storytelling, music, poetry, and more.

Stay tuned as SPR celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2020. We'll be showcasing programs from the archives all year long.

Published in 1895, “Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses was written as a satire and criticism of the writings of fellow American author, James Fenimore Cooper. The essay claims Cooper is guilty of verbose writing, poor plotting, glaring inconsistencies, overused clichés, cardboard characterizations, and a host of similar "offenses."

Three Short Stories by Mark Twain

Jan 22, 2020

"How I Edited an Agricultural Paper" was originally published in Mark Twain's 1875 collection of short stories, Sketches New and Old

"Luck" was first published in 1891 in Harper's Magazine. It was subsequently reprinted in 1892 in the anthology Merry Tales.

"Something About Repentence" is taken from Letters from the Earth, which was written circa 1909 and published posthumously in 1962.

Published in 1880, A Tramp Abroad details a journey by Mark Twain, with his friend Harris (a character created for the book, and based on his closest friend, Joseph Twichell), through central and southern Europe.

Roughing It follows the travels of young Mark Twain through the Wild West during the years 1861–1867. It was published in 1872.

Published in 1885, “The Private History of a Campaign that Failed” is a highly fictionalized memoir of Mark Twain's two-week stint in the pro-Confederate Missouri State Guard.

Also in this episode is "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," which was Twain's first great success as a writer and brought him national attention upon its publication in 1865.

Published in 1885, “The Private History of a Campaign that Failed” is a highly fictionalized memoir of Mark Twain's two-week stint in the pro-Confederate Missouri State Guard.

Old Times on the Mississippi by Mark Twain, Part 6

Jan 14, 2020

Old Times on the Mississippi was originally published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1875. In these stories, Twain tells of his experience working on riverboats on the Mississippi River. Old Times on the Mississippi was later incorporated in to Twain's larger work, Life on the Mississippi, published in 1883.

Tom Bacon reads these classic Mark Twain tales for The Bookshelf.

Old Times on the Mississippi by Mark Twain, Part 5

Jan 13, 2020

Old Times on the Mississippi was originally published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1875. In these stories, Twain tells of his experience working on riverboats on the Mississippi River. Old Times on the Mississippi was later incorporated in to Twain's larger work, Life on the Mississippi, published in 1883.

Tom Bacon reads these classic Mark Twain tales for The Bookshelf.

Old Times on the Mississippi by Mark Twain, Part 4

Jan 9, 2020

Old Times on the Mississippi was originally published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1875. In these stories, Twain tells of his experience working on riverboats on the Mississippi River. Old Times on the Mississippi was later incorporated in to Twain's larger work, Life on the Mississippi, published in 1883.

Tom Bacon reads these classic Mark Twain tales for The Bookshelf.

Old Times on the Mississippi by Mark Twain, Part 3

Jan 8, 2020

Old Times on the Mississippi was originally published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1875. In these stories, Twain tells of his experience working on riverboats on the Mississippi River. Old Times on the Mississippi was later incorporated in to Twain's larger work, Life on the Mississippi, published in 1883.

Tom Bacon reads these classic Mark Twain tales for The Bookshelf.

Old Times on the Mississippi by Mark Twain, Part 2

Jan 7, 2020

Old Times on the Mississippi was originally published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1875. In these stories, Twain tells of his experience working on riverboats on the Mississippi River. Old Times on the Mississippi was later incorporated in to Twain's larger work, Life on the Mississippi, published in 1883.

Tom Bacon reads these classic Mark Twain tales for The Bookshelf.

Old Times on the Mississippi by Mark Twain, Part 1

Jan 6, 2020

Old Times on the Mississippi was originally published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1875. In these stories, Twain tells of his experience working on riverboats on the Mississippi River. Old Times on the Mississippi was later incorporated in to Twain's larger work, Life on the Mississippi, published in 1883.

Tom Bacon reads these classic Mark Twain tales for The Bookshelf.

"Heat" and "Adios Mi Abuela" by Mike Aleman

Dec 12, 2019

Mike Aleman reads two stories from his 2019 collection, Adios Mi Abuela

"Graveyard Shift" by Mike Aleman

Dec 11, 2019

Mike Aleman reads "Graveyard Shift," a short story from his 2019 collection, Adios Mi Abuela

"El Dia de los Muertos" by Mike Aleman

Dec 10, 2019

Tonight on The Bookshelf, Mike Aleman reads "The Ragman," a short story from his 2019 collection, Adios Mi Abuela

"The Ragman" by Mike Aleman

Dec 9, 2019

Tonight on The Bookshelf, Mike Aleman reads "The Ragman," a short story from his 2019 collection, Adios Mi Abuela

Letters of a Woman Homesteader, Part 12

Nov 21, 2019

In 1909, a young woman who had lost her husband in a railroad accident ventured into the wild country of Wyoming to make a new life for herself and her two-year old daughter. Letters of a Woman Homesteader tells Elinore Stewart’s true story through her own letters, written over several years to a former employer in Denver. Read by Mary Jo Rudolf.

Letters of a Woman Homesteader, Part 11

Nov 20, 2019

In 1909, a young woman who had lost her husband in a railroad accident ventured into the wild country of Wyoming to make a new life for herself and her two-year old daughter. Letters of a Woman Homesteader tells Elinore Stewart’s true story through her own letters, written over several years to a former employer in Denver. Read by Mary Jo Rudolf.

Letters of a Woman Homesteader, Part 10

Nov 19, 2019

In 1909, a young woman who had lost her husband in a railroad accident ventured into the wild country of Wyoming to make a new life for herself and her two-year old daughter. Letters of a Woman Homesteader tells Elinore Stewart’s true story through her own letters, written over several years to a former employer in Denver. Read by Mary Jo Rudolf.

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