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  • How to Make Something Out of Nothing
  • How to Make Something Out of Nothing

    Susan Orlean has been called “a national treasure.” Really, she’s just very curious.
      Get Lit: Susan Orlean has been called “a national treasure.” Really, she’s just very curious.
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  • Get Lit 2011
  • Get Lit 2011

    A handful of the early events in next week's literary festival.
      Curiouser and Curiouser SCIENCE.
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  • The Financial Lives of Poetry Readings
  • The Financial Lives of Poetry Readings

    Get Lit! made Spokane a “literary capital.” Next year, the festival runs into its biggest funding challenge.
      No one’s saying Get Lit’s going to die. But, after next year, nobody seems to know how, exactly, it can continue. In 2008, National Book Foundation executive director Harold Augenbraum c
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  • Kevin Sampsell
  • Kevin Sampsell

    He's from around here, and he didn't get along with his dad. In other words, he's a lot like you.
      Best known for: Kevin Sampsell is something of a small-press icon. He’s also the publisher of Portland’s Future Tense Books. In 2008, he put together Creamy Bullets, a tasty collection of
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  • Walter & Russo
  • Walter & Russo

    Jess Walter and the author of Empire Falls talk screenplays and pot-dealing
      RICHARD RUSSO Best known for: Empire Falls, about a dying mill town in Maine that’s dominated by a wealthy family; the novel (Pulitzer Prize, 2002; HBO miniseries, 2005) is told from the pers
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  • Selected Shorts
  • Selected Shorts

    Three actors, three short stories about Father's Day.
      Format: Three actors reading three short stories on the theme of fatherhood; recorded live and scheduled for broadcast on public radio in June Why June? Because Father’s Day was first celebrat
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  • Patricia Smith
  • Patricia Smith

    Slam poetry about Hurricane Katrina, performed with live jazz accompaniment. Story
      Best known for: Bringing her bold, provocative and sometimes humorous poetry to life onstage. Sex, racism, God, politics: no topic is off-poetic limits for Smith. While her work holds its own on the p
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  • Victor Lodato
  • Victor Lodato

    A playwright creates a coming-of-age novel about growing up with grief
      Opening lines: “I want to be awful. I want to do awful things and why not? Dull is dull is dull is my life.” Debut novel: Mathilda Savitch, which is about a 14-year-old girl who deals in
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  • Anna Lappe
  • Anna Lappe

    From the farm to your fork, what you eat has global ramifications
      Best known for: Being the daughter of Frances Moore Lapp, author of the 1971 book Diet for a Small Planet; for co-founding the Small Planet Institute; and for writing Diet for a Hot Planet. Most li
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  • Reza Aslan
  • Reza Aslan

    How to end the "war on terror"? Realize Islamofascists are fighting a war over the next world, not this one.
      How do you win a cosmic war? You don’t. You prevent it. In his book How to Win a Cosmic War (re-titled Beyond Fundamentalism in paperback), Aslan describes how religious fanatics are fighting a
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