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Saturday, April 16 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Debut Authors Tell All

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During 2015, six female authors in Spokane launched their debut books, leading to the obvious question, What's in the water? The group was profiled in the Inlander, each with different perspectives on how their book came to be published. During Get Lit!, they will discuss their rising success in publishing, from getting an agent to editing their manuscripts to promoting their books. Sharma Shields explores the mystical side of the Pacific Northwest as she follows her protagonist’s obsession to find Bigfoot in The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac. In War Bonds, Cindy Hval, a columnist for The Spokesman Review, tells the often overlooked stories of couples and their romances during World War II. Stephanie Oakes, author of The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, crafts the poetic tale of a young girl coming to terms with her dark past in the Kevinian cult, which cost not only years of her life but also her hands. S.M. Hulse gives hope to graduate students in her MFA-thesis-turned-novel Black River, a modern-day Western set against past violence in its characters’ lives. In the young adult novel You and Me and Him, Kris Dinnison explores the bonds of friendship as two characters struggle to maintain their relationship while interested in the same guy. This panel will be moderated by Chey Scott, writer and listings editor for the Inlander. Free admission!

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Kris Dinnison

Kris Dinnison learned to read when she was five years old. She grew up reading books nobody else had read and listening to music nobody else had heard of and thinking she was weird, which she kind of was. She spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian working with students... Read More →
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Cindy Hval

Cindy Hval’s “Front Porch” column appears regularly in the Spokesman-Review and offers insight from her perspective as a mother, a writer, and a cat-lover. Her first book is War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines... Read More →
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Stephanie Oakes

Stephanie Oakes is a young-adult author from Spokane. Her first book, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, retells the Grimm brother’s fairy tale “The Handless Maiden” using the modern setting of a religious cult. Oakes earned her MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University... Read More →
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Sharma Shields

Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac. Her writing has appearaed in Electric Lit, the New York Times, Kenyon review, Iowa REview, Fugue and elsewhere, and has garnered such awards as the Autumn House... Read More →

Saturday April 16, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm PDT
Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201