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Auntie’s event: ‘Compassionate Foster Care’

Above: (L to R) Molly Kretchmar-Hendricks, Janet C. Mann (Spokesman-Review photo by Jesse Tinsley)

Fiction is full of tales involving orphans (read "Oliver Twist"). But real-life stories involving foster children can be even more harsh.

The problems around foster parenting are what co-authors Janet C. Mann and Molly Kretchmar-Hendricks will address at 7 p.m. Thursday at Auntie's Bookstore. The two co-wrote the book "Creating Compassionate Foster Care: Lessons of Hope from Children and Families in Crisis."

A former foster parent, Mann is founder of Spokane's The Children's Ark foster home. Kretchmar-Hendricks is a professor of developmental psychology at Gonzaga University.

The book's foreword was written by Glenn Cooper, one of the co-founders of The Circle of Security.

One of the quotes from the book is telling: "Every child's way of being can open doors to wisdom, compassion, and human connection. We need only to listen."

Listening certainly isn't the only path to raising healthy children. But it's certainly a good start.

Auntie’s reading: where books meet film

If you've ever been to a book reading, you pretty much know what to expect.

You find a seat, listen as a bookstore (or library) employee reads off some announcements before introducing the evening's guest author, listen to said author read a selection from her or his latest work, then listen as people ask questions.

Yet at 7 tonight at Auntie's Bookstore, things might go a bit differently. Robin Gainey, author of the novel "Light of the Northern Dancers" — described as a "powerful western romance" — is expected to do more than just read from her book. Gainey, a widely traveled woman originally from Seattle, is expected to discuss how a novel becomes a movie, "how books are optioned, and the broad hows and whys of book adaptations."

"Light of the Northern Dancers" is Gainey's second novel. You can find out more about her and her work by clicking here.

Murder meets fun at Auntie’s on Thursday

Some writers will do just about anything to make a sale. But Spokane writers Devin Devine and Tony Russell will go the extra page.

As they proclaim on their website, if you buy a copy of their latest tome, "Kiss the Messenger, Vol II," "We will both personally sign the book, kiss it, and send it off with a bit of gritty love."

What more can you ask for? In fact, the two might just do it in person when they show up at Auntie's Bookstore at 7 Thursday night to support the publication of their book, the second in a planned five-part series about the search for a serial killer. In Spokane.

As they write, the books comprise "a modern pulp series with dirty cops, prostitutes, and a vigilante with a drinking problem."

Sounds like fun. Meet the two at Auntie's. And don't forget to buy a book.

Auntie’s to host signing by military historian Kelly

On Friday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., author Christopher Kelly will appear at Auntie's Bookstore in support of his new book, "America Invaded: A State by State Guide to Fighting on American Soil" (History Invasions Press, 414 pages).

"America Invaded," which Kelly, who lives in Sacramento, wrote with British co-author Stuart Laycock, is described as "tour of past conflicts waged on American soil, from the Atlantic to the Pacific."

Kelly is the author also of "America Invades: How We've Invaded or Been Involved with Almost Every Country on Earth," which a Kirkus reviewer described as "An intensive compendium of America’s interactions, both good and bad, with other countries that rightly leaves out the philosophizing."

Kelly was interviewed on Historynet.com. In it, he says this about "America Invaded": "Our new book ranges from the first arrival of Europeans in the New World to terrorism in the 21st century. In addition to history this book will offer tourist information, making it a kind of passport for readers to begin their own exploration of our nation’s amazing military history."

Considering how freely some people who Tweet are interpreting American history these days, Kelly's book is likely worth checking out. Auntie's is located at the corner of Main and Washington.

Catch Robert Wrigley at Auntie’s Friday night

Robert Wrigley is a familiar name to most people who follow contemporary poetry. It's also a familiar name to students who have studied at the University of Idaho. Studied English, that is.

Wrigley, a professor emeritus at the school and a winner of numerous national poetry awards, will read from his most recent collection of poems, "Box," at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Auntie's Bookstore. And the event is bound to be illuminating.

I'd include snippets of some Wrigley poems here as evidence, but his work doesn't seem to condense well. Click here for some examples.

Instead, here are some quotes of Wrigley's taken from an interview that he gave in November 2009. They demonstrate just how seriously he takes his craft:

"If you don't love stories, then what takes the place of that desire?  We live by stories; they are the bedrock of articulate human existence."

"The fact is, everything about existence offers up to us story after story.  Many are incomplete, or false, or unfathomably complex, but that's just part of what it means to be alive."

"There are two reasons, it seems to me, to admire, or even to love, a poem.  There's that pleasure or reward or surprise we take from what it says; and there's that wonderful knocked-out feeling you get at seeing how someone has said what he says."

"I love the music of the lyric and the power of the story, and I try to wield both, in nearly every poem.  You know it when you read it: call it a particular kind of poetic eloquence, when what is said is said in such a way that one understands it simply could not have been said any other way."

And, finally, my favorite: "Syntax is delicious."

Read the whole thing and you'll discover much more. Better yet, read it then show up Friday night at Auntie's.