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Latah Books is an independent book publisher located in Spokane, Washington. We are proud to work with numerous award-winning and bestselling veterans, as well as talented new authors hungry to make their mark.


Why Latah?

A Nez Perce word, Latah is the name of the creek along which most of our staff has lived, worked, recreated, meditated, and fallen in love for many years. Latah Creek is a modest but vital stream flowing onward to greater waters. We can't imagine a more fitting name for the spirit of our enterprise, and for honoring the legacy of those who cultivated this land before us.

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"[Fong] dexterously combines factual science with lyrical nature writing, especially his descriptions of the region's geography or fly-fishing for the often-elusive taimen. He also addresses the ecological impacts of hydropower dams on the Selenge River and fish populations.... This overflowing travelogue may appeal to readers of National Geographic, fishing enthusiasts, and others willing to take this highly detailed journey."

     Library Journal

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"I had almost given up reading novels...then I picked up Creature of the CascadesHere is something you don't see every day. A wordsmith with depth who has not only lived the outdoor life; he's an observer of the critters and the characters of the Northwest. Rob Phillips writes real places into this page-turner, and he is not averse to taking risks with humor, suspense and wordplay. I was hooked from the first jump."

     --Gary Lewis, TV host and author of Fishing Central Oregon, Fishing Mount Hood Country, and John Nosler Going Ballistic

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“Rue Matthiessen's heartfelt memoir, Castles & Ruins is, in essence, configured like a Celtic cross.... we see how the figure of the circle is at the very center of Matthiessen’s being. Celtic tradition calls for both mourning and celebrating at death. Precisely the emotions and the rituals that Rue Matthiessen gives the reader in this complex, deeply felt work.”

     --Lou Ann Walker, The East Hampton Star

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Patrolling the Heart of the Silver State is an enduring salutation to a way of life that cannot be viewed as a job, a career, or even a profession. It is a calling, and one has to hear that call to truly understand what such a life entails. Though I have never met Steve Raabe personally, I know his kind. We are blessed to have them among us."

     --Ben H. English, author of Black and White: Tales of the Texas Highway Patrol

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"I kept turning pages in Trapped in the Cascades long after I should have been doing other things, but as I followed Luke and Jack through biting winds and snow, smelling pine crushed underfoot and hearing the pop of pine sap from the fire, I couldn’t put the book down. Phillips is a great storyteller who can weave clever mysteries and plot twists that particularly appeal to people who love the outdoors but will please anyone who likes a good thriller."

     --Dalyn Weller, author of the Apple Valley Ranchers series and other titles

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-Gustave Flaubert

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