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In the Field

ISIS and the Fight for Islam

A woman holds a candle at a vigil for victims of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.  Photo: Penn State, via Flickr/Creative Commons

How Islamic is the Islamic State? Read excerpts from our recent Think & Drink in Yakima. [Read]


Poetry in a Penitentiary

Photo: Harvey and Marie Sandborn, via Flickr/Creative Commons

After leading poetry workshops for inmates at two maximum security prisons, Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen briefly reflects. [Read]


In Honor of Veteran’s Day, Stephen Crane’s “The Veteran”

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“‘Mr. Fleming,’ said the grocer—his deferential voice expressed somehow the old man’s exact social weight—’Mr. Fleming, you never was frightened much in them battles, was you?'” [Read]


Seattle, Let’s Talk About Race

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When it comes to race, what is Seattle doing right, and what needs to change? Join us for our next Think & Drink event Nov. 10, “Seattle Skin: Being Black in a Liberal City,” at Greenwood’s Naked City Brewery and Taphouse. [Read]

Reading Habits

T. Andrew Wahl

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What does comic book historian T. Andrew Wahl read in his spare time? We’ll give you one guess. [Read]

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She and Her and Them: Kris Dinnison on Writing about Teenage Relationships

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The author of “You and Me and Him” on her meandering path toward being a “young adult” author. And what the “young adult” genre even means. [Read]

News & Notes

It’s Spokane’s Bedtime on October 23


This weekend is your last chance to register for the literary celebration where Spokane authors read original short stories. [Read]

Reading Habits

Samuel Ligon

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The author of “Drift and Swerve” on who, what, when, and where he reads, and how the iTunes terms and conditions is part of an under-appreciated genre. [Read]

5 Questions

Podcast Therapy for the Struggling (and Not-So-Struggling) Writer

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Bestselling author Jess Walter discusses “A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment,” his podcast with Sherman Alexie on the pleasures and perils of putting words on a page. [Read]

5 Questions

How War and Words Shaped Claudia Castro Luna

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Seattle’s first Civic Poet fled war-ravaged El Salvador as a girl. Now she’s turning the experience into a memoir while also encouraging others to express themselves through words. [Read]