Festival Readings

Monday, April 7

Beacon Hill Reading Series

One of the many opportunities to hear excellent local and regional writers' work occurs three times a year as part of the Beacon Hill Reading Series. Since its inception, Beacon Hill has evolved into a crucial connection between diverse literary communities, featuring upcoming writers alongside more established ones. Join these excellent wordsmiths for a night of prose and poetry to kick off Get Lit! DENNIS HELD has published two collections of poetry, Betting on the Night and Ourself. He lives in Vinegar Flats, along Latah Creek, and has recent work in RiverLit. LEYNA KROW has an MFA in fiction from Eastern Washington University. Her short stories have appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review, Prairie Schooner, Ninth Letter, South Dakota Review, and other publications. She lives in Spokane with her boyfriend, dog, and one house plant. CLAIRE MCQUERRY is a visiting instructor at Gonzaga. Her poetry collection Lacemakers won the Crab Orchard Series First Book Award and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Her poems and essays have appeared in American Literary Review, Western Humanities Review, Mid-American Review, Louisville ReviewCreative Nonfiction, and elsewhere.

Time: 6:30- 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Hagan Foundation Center @ Spokane Community College (1810 N. Green St., Building 16, 2nd floor)
Cost: Free and open to the public

Wednesday, April 9

Deborah Amos, NPR International Correspondent

The Hagan Foundation Center for Humanities and SCC Presidential Speakers Series present Deborah Amos, as part of the Hagan Foundation's theme of the Global Village. Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. Amos travels extensively across the Middle East covering a range of stories, and has won many honors and awards for her reporting, including The Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement, and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for coverage of Iraq.

Speaker: Deborah Amos
Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: The Lair Auditorium @ Spokane Community College (1810 N. Green St., Building 6)
Cost: Free and open to the public

Alex Sanchez
Author Alex Sanchez will offer a reading, followed by Q&A and book signing. Alex Sanchez is the author of the Rainbow Boys trilogy of teen novels, which includes Rainbow Boys, Rainbow High, and Rainbow Road. His other books include The God Box, Getting It (winner of the Myers Outstanding Book Award for Human Rights), and the Lambda Award-winning middle-grade novel So Hard to Say. His novel, Bait, won the 2009 Florida Book Award Gold Medal for Young Adult fiction. He was also awarded the Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists' Prize by the Lambda Literary Foundation in 2011. His latest novel, Boyfriends with Girlfriends, was released in 2011. Sanchez was born in Mexico City and moved to the United States at age 5 with his family.  He has a master’s degree in guidance & counseling and worked for many years as a youth and family counselor. He lives in Thailand and Hollywood, Florida.

7 p.m.
Venue: Auntie's Bookstore
Cost: Free and open to the public

Thursday, April 10

Adrianne Harun

In Adrianne Harun’s debut novel, A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain, she weaves together folklore and magical realism to portray a group of young people in an isolated logging town in British Columbia. Leo Kreutzer and his friends are trying to enjoy their final days of summer, fending for themselves and ignoring the fact that young girls are disappearing from the sides of a nearby, notorious highway. When a series of mysterious strangers shows up, they're forced to confront evil in many forms. A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain was published in February 2014.  Harun is also the author of a short story collection, The King of Limbo, which was a Sewanee Writing Series selection and a Washington State Book Award finalist. Her essays, short stories, and book reviews have appeared in Story, the Chicago Tribune (as a Nelson Algren winner), Narrative Magazine, Ontario Review, The Sun, Willow Springs, and Colorado Review.  Some of her stories from a forthcoming collection have been noted as "Distinguished Stories" in both Best American Mystery Stories (2003) and Best American Short Stories (2009). Harun is a longtime resident of Port Townsend, Washington. She is a member of the core faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University, as well as a faculty member at the Sewanee School of Letters at the University of the South. 

Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: Auntie's Bookstore
Cost: Free and open to the public

3nd Annual Pie & Whiskey Reading

Monarchs, take note: “Let them imbibe pie and whiskey” doesn’t quite have that history-books ring to it, but it’s effective.

The masses have spoken, and the Pie and Whiskey Reading is back for 2014. Before you decide if you’ll be in attendance, ask yourself the following: Do I enjoy free pie? Do I enjoy free whiskey? Do I enjoy world-class fiction, nonfiction, and poetry? 

Hosted by Sam Ligon, fiction writer and associate professor of creative writing at Eastern Washington University, and Kate Lebo, Seattle-based poet and renowned pie baker, the event will feature twelve festival authors reading flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and poetry inspired by the following quotes:

"Whiskey is all right in its place– but its place is hell." — Billy Sunday

"After Mother died, her red dress continued baking pies." — from The Book of Frank, by C.A. Conrad

This year’s readers include: Anthony Doerr, Adrianne Harun, Jonathan Johnson, Kate Lebo, Sam LigonKate Reed, Nicole Sheets, Sharma Shields, Alexandra Teague, Jess Walter and Maya Zeller.

This event is 21 and over only.

Time: Doors open at 8:15 p.m.
Venue: Woman's Club, 1428 W 9th.
Cost: Free admission will include complimentary pie and one beverage. Limited additional beverages will be for sale.   

Special thanks to Dry Fly Distillery for supporting this event.  

* Please note: (This venue is not easily ADA-accessible, so please contact us ahead of time if you'd like to attend so we can make the proper arrangements. 509.359.6977 or getlit@ewu.edu)

Saturday, April 12th

The readings by each pair of authors will be followed by a brief Q&A and the authors will be available to sign books in the lobby afterward. Books will be available for sale on site. 

The Reading Public

The literary community in Spokane is vibrant, nationally recognized, and growing all the time. In fact, it's growing so quickly that you may have trouble keeping track of who's who. To showcase some of our local talent, this reading will feature three writers living and working in Spokane, with the opportunity for other local writers to take the stage during an open mic. Mark L. Anderson is a poet and performer from Spokane. He is a co-founder of the popular Spokane poetry open mic, Broken Mic, and has competed three times at the individual World Poetry Slam. In 2012 he received the Ken Warfel Fellowship for poets who have made substantial contributions to their community, and in 2014 he was selected for the Spokane 50, a project to profile the arts innovators of Spokane. Kris Dinnison is a former teacher and librarian, but she gave all that up to work as a barista and chase her dream of being a writer.  She lives in Spokane with her husband, daughter, two cats, and a labradoodle named Charlie. She likes to read and hike but rarely at the same time. Her first YA novel, You and Me and Him, is out from Houghton Mifflin in Spring 2015. Travis Laurence Naught started writing full time in September, 2011. Full-length volumes of his confessional style poetry, The Virgin Journals (ASD Publishing, 2012) and Still Journaling (e-book, 2013), are widely available. Individual poems by Travis have been published in several venues online and in print. He has also written a draft of what he hopes to be his first novel. In 2013, Eastern Magazine, by Eastern Washington University, featured Travis as one of 20 alumni under 40 with a rising career.

After these fine folks read, they’ll pass the mic to you! Writers of all ages and experience are invited to sign up for the open mic and read 3-5 minutes of their own original work. Come celebrate and support Spokane’s homegrown talent!

Time: 11:30 a.m.
Room: Conference Theater, Main Level
Spokane Convention Center
Free and open to the public

David Abrams and Nathan Oates

Most of us have a hunger for newness: An urge to see new places. A desire to walk on new ground. There’s something about being somewhere we’ve never been that makes us look at people a bit closer, and to look inward with a brand new intensity. It’s perhaps no stretch to assume that this is one of the reasons David Abrams spent 20 years as a journalist in the active-duty army. His newest book, Fobbit, comes from a journal he kept during a year-long tour in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The effect of this novel is somewhat surprising: It’s hilarious. Abrams lets us into the dirty little secrets of military subculture and the humor his protagonist must find in order to make it home. Nathan Oates’ characters also are on a quest for newness. They are constantly on the move, have a bad habit of trying to escape, and an even worse habit of finding a truer version of themselves before the end.  Oates’ short story collection, The Empty House, was the winner of the 2012 Spokane Prize. These authors show us characters outside of their elements, wading through new places and experiences, and new ways of looking inward.

Time: 1-2 p.m.
Room: Conference Theater, Main Level
Spokane Convention Center
Free and open to the public

C.B. Bernard and Buddy Levy

The mythic, the brutal, the wild: these are the worlds that nonfiction writers C.B. Bernard and Buddy Levy share with us. Buddy Levy, author of River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana's Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon and co-host of the History Channel's "Decoded," uses his prose to guide readers in the path of various historical figures. Exploring in these famous footsteps, we are taken on journeys through unexplored areas of the map while he shares with us the savage and delicate beauty of worlds previously undiscovered. C.B. Bernard follows in the path of one of his own ancestors, Captain Joe Bernard, in Chasing Alaska: A Portrait of the Last Frontier Then and Now. Using "Uncle Joe" and his journeys as a guide, the author pulls us into a world of singular frozen beauty that resonates through both the present and the past. Both authors transport us to the edges of civilization where even the simplest of decisions can change the course of history.

Time: 2-3 p.m.
Room: Conference Theater, Main Level
Spokane Convention Center
Free and open to the public

Rachel Toor and Trent Reedy

Navigating unknown terrain is something every teen faces: learning how to respond in stressful situations, figuring out how to address obstacles, and learning to prioritize what is truly important. The protagonists of these two novels find themselves in very different predicaments, but ultimately we're rooting for them as they try to find their way. Trent Reedy's Divided We Fall, the first book of a trilogy, envisions a full-blown conflict between the federal government and the state of Idaho, with seventeen-year-old Pfc. Daniel Wright caught in the middle. Reedy explores questions of family, loyalty, friendship and survival in this fast-paced thriller that's certain to leave you eager for the next book. Rachel Toor's fourth book, her debut novel, On the Road to Find Out, features Alice Davis, a teen who recently found out she was rejected by the only college she cared about getting into. Knowing she needs to stop complaining to her best friend, Jenni, and her pet rat, Walter, Alice decides to take up running. Her newfound hobby slowly becomes a serious pursuit, drawing her into a community of runners and setting her on a path filled with challenges.

Time: 2-3 p.m.
Room: Room 203, Second Level
Spokane Convention Center
Free and open to the public

Jill Malone and Leslye Walton

Struggles with self-identity and poignant, perceptive examinations of what it means to love anchor these two novels by authors Jill Malone and Leslye Walton. Each story features a dynamic young female who pulls us into her world with trials and tribulations that are heartbreakingly familiar. In Giraffe People, Jill Malone introduces her readers to Cole Peters, a smart, driven young woman who feels trapped as the daughter of the Army Chaplain school dean at Fort Monmouth. Her life only becomes more complicated when she falls in love with her best friend—her best girl friend, that is, and has to navigate new terrain. Leslye Walton's debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, employs magical realism and lyric prose to tell the story of Ava, a teenage girl who happens to have been born with wings. In a quest to understand herself, and longing to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the world, unprepared for what she might find. In exploring the stories of these young women, the authors take us on a journey of love, heartbreak, and self-discovery.

Time: 3-4 p.m.
Room: Conference Theater, Main Level
Spokane Convention Center
Free and open to the public

Perry Glasser and Paul Lindholdt

Nonfiction authors Perry Glasser and Paul Lindholdt write from very different perspectives: one is a die-hard Brooklynite and the other a Pacific Northwest naturalist. But both authors have the ability to tell us a story, to show us vastly different worlds and the truths they found in them. In metamemoirs, Perry Glasser is unapologetically honest, sharing personal moments that span from his teenage years to fatherhood, moments that are matched with a soundtrack not only to his life, but to an entire generation. Paul Lindholdt's In Earshot of Water: Notes From the Columbia Plateau, weaves together social, historical, environmental, and personal aspects of living in the Pacific Northwest. Using lyric prose, he shows us the dangers of ignoring the warning signs of the environment's slow destruction, while also meditating on his roles as father and son.

Time: 4-5 p.m.
Room: Conference Theater, Main Level
Spokane Convention Center
Free and open to the public

Sunday, April 13

Regional MFA Reading

 Graduate students from the University of Idaho, the University of Montana, and Eastern Washington University, including Katherine Ellison, Eric Greenwell, Jennifer Hawk, J.P. Kemmick, Julia Ohman, Kate Peterson, Tim Pringle, Shawn Rubenfeld, Cynthia Schoch, Bryan Schwab, Kati Stunkard, and Cayla Capra-Thomas will come together to share their work. Representing a variety of genres and styles, this reading promises to be lively and absorbing.

Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Venue: Barrister Winery
Cost: Free and open to the public

Inland Northwest Faculty Reading

Hosted by Eastern Washington University, creative writing faculty from area colleges and universities will read from new works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Participating writers and teachers include Jonathan Johnson, Polly Buckingham, and Sam Ligon of Eastern Washington University. They will be joined by fellow writers/teachers Beth Cooley of Gonzaga University, Thom Caraway of Whitworth University, Gwendolyn James of Spokane Community College, Tim Greenup of Spokane Falls Community College, and Erin Davis of North Idaho College. Shawn Vestal will be honored with the EWU Outstanding Alumni award. Join us for wine and witty words. Emceed by EWU professor and author Natalie Kusz.

Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Venue: Barrister Winery
Cost: Free and open to the public

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Aunties Bookstore
402 W. Main Ave.

The Bartlett
228 W. Sprague

Barrister Winery
1213 W. Railroad Ave.

Bing Crosby Theater
901 W. Sprague Ave.

EWU Cheney Campus
Hargreaves Hall
Reading Room, 2nd Floor

EWU Riverpoint Campus
Riverpoint One building
501 N. Riverpoint Blvd.

Garland Theater
924 W Garland Ave

Gonzaga University
502 East Boone Avenue

Hagan Foundation Center
for the Humanities

Spokane Community College
Learning Resources Center
Bldg. 16, 2nd Floor

 Kress Gallery
River Park Square Mall
(3rd floor, behind food court)
808 W. Main St.

The Lincoln Center
1316 N. Lincoln St.

Magic Lantern
25 W. Main Avenue

Masonic Temple
1108 W. Riverside Ave

Red Lion Hotel at The Park
303 West North River Drive

North Idaho College (NIC)
1000 W. Garden Ave.
Coeur d'Alene, ID  83814

Northwest Museum of Arts
and Culture (MAC)

2316 W. First Ave.

River Park Square
808 W. Main St.

Rocket Bakery
1325 West First Avenue

Spokane Community College (SCC)
Lair Auditorium (Building 6)
1810 N. Greene St.

Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC)
3410 W. Fort George Wrdight Dr.

Woman's Club
1428 W 9th Ave