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Welcome to The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club.  We invite fellow book lovers to join us for exploration, adventure and conversation. The Northwest Passages Book Club hosts community book events featuring local authors and great storytellers from elsewhere as well. Join us in person, online or participate on your own to enjoy a common read.

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Writers and readers explore the history of the Spokane River

UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 11:03 p.m.

A few hundred people gathered to hear an avid sportsman, authors and a tribal representative share their contributions to anthology documenting the conflicted and polluted history of the Spokane River.

Northwest Passages Book Club: ‘The Spokane River’ tells the story of a city’s lifeblood

A river defines a city like nothing else. Think of London and the Thames, Paris and the Seine, New York and the Hudson. Spokane, of course, has the Spokane River, which is getting its due in the form of a biography of sorts, titled, appropriately enough, “The Spokane River.” The compendium of 28 essays and other literary contributions tells the story of the waterway from its geologic origins in the Ice Age to contemporary efforts to rehabilitate the river. The book is the brainchild of Paul Lindholdt, a professor at Eastern Washington University who said he has been inspired by the river since moving to the region in the 1990s and now enjoys kayaking on it. “Everybody’s loved the river – they’ve grown to appreciate and revere it,” he said. “This book was long overdue.”

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