A few notes about regional books and authors …
Shoemaker, a 1982 Lewiston High School graduate, is working on a master of fine arts degree at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. Her fiction has appeared in [PANK] online, Unshod Quills, and the literary magazine Gobshite Quarterly. The 240-page book is $18 paperback or $4.99 in e-edition and available online through www.forestavenuepress.com.
The University of Idaho Arboretum is among the 33 arboretums featured in “Trees Live Here: the Arboretums of America,” one of the first books devoted to arboretums as public gardens and museums of trees.
Written and photographed by Susan McDougall of Seattle, each chapter features one arboretum, ranging from Boston to Honolulu. Other chapters cover the history of arboretums in America, landscape architects and designers, conservation and research, and current issues and challenges. Information for visitors is also included.
McDougall is the author of several books on Pacific Northwest natural history. The 561-page book is $55 and available online at www.treeslivehere.com.
Uniontown’s Artisans at the Dahmen Barn is featured in the new cookbook “Eat & Explore Washington” by Christy Campbell. The book, published by Great American Publishers, highlights recipes from across Washington state, plus facts about communities, regional celebrations and fun destinations. It includes a recipe for Salmon Salad by Jodee Maiorana of Clarkston.
Maiorana is a resident artist at the barn who specializes in mixed media, including graphic arts and computer-aided embroidery. Copies of the 256-page book are on sale at the barn’s gift shop for $18.95, plus tax and shipping if applicable.
Lewiston’s Kim Parsells is a Global Winner of the 2014 Erma Bombeck Writer’s Competition. Parsells’ essay, “Favorite Neighbor Brat,” won in the human interest category of the competition, which received submissions from 853 writers from around the world.
One of the judges was Ohio native Nancy Cartwright, the voice of TV’s Bart Simpson.
Parsells won $500 and free registration to the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop. She is the owner of Surf’s Up Internet Marketing in Lewiston.
The competition is held every two years by the University of Dayton and the Washington-Centerville Public Library in Centerville, Ohio, where columnist and author Erma Bombeck lived and wrote. Winning entries can be read online at www.wclibrary.info/erma/winners_current.asp.