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 (pronounced LAY-tə) 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.

Photo by Loco Steve

Forthcoming Spring 2022

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"In a rich novel spanning Portland's assembly center, farming communities in Eastern Oregon, and internment camps like Minidoka in Idaho, A Shrug of the Shoulders renders the Yanos’ and Mitas’ lives with care, hope, and historical fidelity. Through multiple points of view and dozens of vivid settings, author Elaine Cockrell creates a mosaic of Japanese-American perseverance: one tiled with humor, frustration, despair, anger, and love."


“A fascinating collection of pieces about my favorite neighborhood in Spokane.”

     --Jess Walter, National Book Award Finalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins


"As introspective as he is entertaining, Tellessen uses a captivating blend of muscular and minimalistic prose to give us an uncomfortably honest look at where courage and nature diverge.... This book will stay at the front of my mind and my shelf for years to come." 

     -- James Wade, Spur Award-winning author of All Things Left Wild and River, Sing Out


"The evocative vignettes of the memoir How to Walk with Steve capture growing up with the steady presence of a beloved brother."

     --Camille-Yvette Welsch, Foreword Reviews

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"C. Matthew Smith’s original, intelligent novel delivers unforgettable characters and an irresistible, page-turning pace while grappling with deeply fascinating issues of land and heritage and what and who is native.... Twentymile is an accomplished first novel from a talented and fully-formed writer."

     --James A. McLaughlin, Edgar Award-winning author of Bearskin


“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”

-Gustave Flaubert

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