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Feb. 16, April 8: Book release, signing about blind adventurer

PULLMAN, Wash. – The only blind man to reach the summit of Mount Everest completed his latest feat – solo kayaking all 277 miles of the Grand Canyon – in 2014. A book release party for his memoir about that adventure, co-written with Washington State University clinical professor of English Buddy Levy (pictured at right), will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at BookPeople in downtown Moscow, Idaho. » More …

WSU Press wins Idaho Book of the Year honor

nez-perce-smallPULLMAN, Wash. – “Encounters with the People: Written and Oral Accounts of Nez Perce Life to 1858,” published by Washington State University Press, has won an Idaho Book of the Year honorable mention from the Idaho Library Association. » More …

Sept. 8: Authors discuss Sen. Benitz’s service, legacy

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

Benitz-80RICHLAND, Wash. – The impact of Max E. Benitz – the late state lawmaker, nuclear energy and wine industry champion, and advocate of establishing Washington State University Tri-Cities – is the topic of two free, public presentations Tuesday, Sept. 8, at WSU Tri-Cities. » More …

June 5: Web-book chronicles history of digital literature

Grigar-80VANCOUVER, Wash. – A Web-book showing the history of electronic literature will launch online noon-2 p.m. Monday, June 1, with live tweeting and blogging by creators Dene Grigar, associate professor at Washington State University Vancouver, and Stuart Moulthrop, professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. » More …

WSU author earns national award for book on ed research

By Brenda Alling, WSU Vancouver

SawyerVANCOUVER, Wash. – A book coauthored by Richard Sawyer, associate professor of education at WSU Vancouver, will receive one of the top awards at the April conference of the American Educational Research Association, the premiere conference in education. » More …

April 1: National parks’ top historian, alumnus to speak

By Adrian Aumen, WSU College of Arts & Sciences

SuttonPULLMAN, Wash. – Robert K. Sutton, chief historian of the National Park Service (NPS), will discuss little-known facts about Native American participation in the U.S. Civil War during a free, public lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in the CUB junior ballroom at Washington State University. Light refreshments will be served. » More …

Exxon Valdez book wins Western writers award

By Caryn Lawton, WSU Press

DayPULLMAN, Wash. – A book about the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill won the Western Writers of America 2015 Spur Award in the Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction category. “Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster” also is a finalist in the annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. » More …

Mount St. Helens book merges science, eyewitness accounts

By Caryn Lawton, WSU Press

Path-of-Destruction-200PULLMAN, Wash. – May 18, 2015 marks the 35th anniversary of Earth’s largest terrestrial landslide in historical times – a result of a restless volcano and a uniquely violent eruption. The top of Mount St. Helens plowed into Spirit Lake, throwing water 860 feet above lake level, a great inland tsunami. » More …

Professor looks at how apocalypse beliefs shape politics

sutton-80PULLMAN, Wash. – American fundamentalist apocalyptic theology of the 1880s and 90s prompted suspicion and skepticism of anything that seems to undermine individual liberties and give more power to the state, according to a Washington State University professor. » More …