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A few more than 100 words with Langley short-story author Chris Spencer

Spencer, 66, is hosting the ninth "100 Word Short Story Smash," a contest of stories exactly 100 words. Not 99 or 101. Don't even try. Compete for fame, glory and a little bit of cash in this popular ode to concise editing. Send entries to

Date: 10/20/2015 | The Chat

Northwest earthquake risk, election dissected at New Yorker festival

NEW YORK — One New Yorker writer summed it up best: The New Yorker festival, said Kathryn Schulz, is the “nerd holiday of New York City.”

Date: 10/05/2015 | Northwest

Joy Harjo receives $100,000 poetry prize

NEW YORK — Poet Joy Harjo, known for wedding social consciousness to her Muskogee Creek heritage and the Southwest America landscape, has won a $100,000 prize for lifetime achievement.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Entertainment

Few colleges have a Shakespeare requirement

NEW YORK — As Shakespeare would say, "We have seen better days."The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has found that less than 8 percent of the nation's top universities require English majors to take a course focused on Shakespeare.The...

Date: 04/24/2015 | Nation & World

‘Discworld’ author Terry Pratchett dies at 66

LONDON — Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the “Discworld” series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66.

Date: 03/12/2015 | Nation & World

After 50 years, Anne Tyler still going strong with 20th novel

“A Spool of Blue Thread” (Alfred A. Knopf), by Anne Tyler

Date: 02/10/2015 | Entertainment

Spain seeks remains of Miguel de Cervantes

MADRID — Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes have started what they hope will be the final phase of their nine-month quest to solve the mystery of where the great Spanish writer was laid to rest.The author of "Don Quixote" was buried in...

Date: 01/25/2015 | Nation & World

Rare Shakespeare folio found in France

PARIS — The accidental discovery in a small library in northern France of an original first folio of Shakespeare’s plays has sent a jolt of excitement around the world of Shakespeare scholars.

Date: 11/27/2014 | Nation & World

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