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PNBA Awards Night feat. Jess Walter

Anchoring Jess Walter’s 2013 book of short stories We Live in Water is “Statistical Abstract for My Home of Spokane, Washington,” his numbered essay about our fair city, from the median family income to the number of adult men per capita riding children’s BMX bikes on any given day. But Spokane has changed in the five years since he wrote it, so ahead of the ceremony for winning the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award, he wrote an addendum that picks up where he left off: the bike lanes, the beards, the “nine new organic locavore restaurants that open here every day… ” Walter first read the original piece at Auntie’s in 2009; he chose to receive the award there, and the evening will include readings, signings and beverages from Santé.

— Lisa Waananen

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