New fiction from Washington State Book Award-winner Sharma Shields.
“A student asked me, ‘I can’t tell if this story is optimistic or pessimistic.’ I responded, ‘It’s pessimistic, because it’s about living with loss. And it’s optimistic because it’s about living with loss. I can’t explain it any other way.'”
“I see my life as being like a canvas, which I work on creating with my every thought and deed.”
From beavers to roadways, the author of “Eager: The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter” finds fascination in things that alter the natural world.
Author Sonora Jha on the tension between fiction and journalism. “I was able to use the skills I had as a journalist — deep questioning, listening, curiosity — and apply them in gathering pieces of the story.”
A poem by Maya Jewell Zeller.
The author of “Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore” is sticking with paper books over e-readers. “Because I’m a 1970s kid and still associate screens with playing the Atari 2600.”
The National Book Award Winner wants to remind you that the way you write is just as important as what you write about.
“Short stories are where I’m naturally drawn,” says the author of Hola and Goodbye, “and novels are sort of something that happen to me.”
A poem by Spokane’s first poet laureate, Thom Caraway.