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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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Northwest Passages Book Club welcomes top writers

UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 11:44 a.m.

The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club and Community Forum has a fresh lineup for spring, including outgoing state poet laureate Tod Marshall and best-selling authors J.A. Jance and Jess Walter.
Author Nate Blakeslee talks about his book "American Wolf. A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West," during The Spokesman-Review Northwest Passages Book Club, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. This book is a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Finalists announced for Lukas Book Prize

The $10,000 award honors nonfiction books of both literary quality and social impact, and nominees include Nate Blakeslee, whose “American Wolf” was the December book of the Northwest Passages Book Club.
Nancy Pearl, bottom left, and Sharma Shields discuss Pearl’s book “George and Lizzie” during a Northwest Passages book club event Saturday in downtown Spokane. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

With debut novel, Nancy Pearl chronicles the ups and downs of unlikely love

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Super librarian Nancy Pearl never expected to write a novel. “It was never on my bucket list,” she said, speaking before an audience of nearly 170 people Saturday in the West Chronicle Room of The Spokesman-Review. “I never would have written anything down, except I came to one of those points in my life that I think as readers we all sometimes get to ... where we just can’t find the right book to read.”
“Lilac City Live!” host Ryan Dean Tucker, right, chats with musician Miles Martin during a rehearsal for the show  on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at the downtown Spokane Library in Spokane, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Shawn Vestal: This is at the Spokane Public Library?

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 6:23 a.m.

We’re off to the library tonight. Not looking for books. Not checking out DVDs. Not planning to Google stuff on the computer. Not seeking to check out another installment of “Captain Underpants” for the kid or a Margaret Atwood title for us parents or a copy of a Bon Appetit magazine from last March with that one special recipe.

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