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10 things about Eli Saslow

The Pulitzer Prize winner shares what he’s reading, what he’s watching and his other interests.


Reading the Northwest: How a white nationalist turned against the movement

Northwest Passages Book Club event features Portland author of “Rising Out of Hatred.”


American Life in Poetry: ‘Youth’ by David Steingass

It’s been a very long time since I was young, but I remember the giddiness of first love, and David Steingass, a Wisconsin poet, shows us in this poem how …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 9:46 a.m.

‘Longmire’ author comes to Spokane on Oct. 10

Craig Johnson, the best-selling author of the “Longmire” mystery series, joins the Northwest Passages Book Club on Oct. 10 to talk about his new book, “Depth of Winter.”


Summer Stories: ‘Road’s End’ by Alexis Smith

In our final entry in Summer Stories: The Road Trip, novelist Alexis Smith sends recently divorced Maggie on a cross-state bicycle trek to her future.


American Life in Poetry: ‘State Fair Fireworks, Labor Day’ by Maryann Corbett

To celebrate the end of summer, here is a sonnet full of explosions by Maryann Corbett, who lives in Minnesota.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 4:32 p.m.

Summer Stories: ‘No More Stops’ by Kris Dinnison

In week 9 of Summer Stories: The Road Trip, Spokane author Kris Dinnison follows along as a mother and daughter take one last drive to the coast.


Book review: ‘How to Cuss in Western’ details a Western life filled with humor and wit

The deft essays in Michael Branch’s “How to Cuss in Western (And Other Missives from the High Desert)” remind me of Patrick McManus, the former Sandpoint resident, EWU professor, novelist …


Book notes: September is shaping up as a busy month for book lovers

Art Spiegelman, whose landmark book “Maus” helped legitimize the graphic novel, will kick off the Visiting Writers Series at Gonzaga. He joins Amy Stewart, Eli Saslow, and a birthday party …


In the Garden: Enabling Garden offers ideas for accessible gardening

“Enabling” gardens allow anyone to get outside and dig in the dirt.


Dylan Farrow to publish 2 young adult fantasy novels

Dylan Farrow is getting into the book business by releasing two young adult novels.


Everything is Copy: Keeping Clean

As a kid, I remember being baffled by the way my grandparents scurried about their Manhattan apartment before the cleaning lady showed up. As a young adult, I couldn’t believe …


Summer Stories: Britnay

In week 8 of Summer Stories: The Road Trip, Spokane author Chelsea Martin watches as a daughter learns the hard lessons not passed down from her mother.


American Life in Poetry: ‘Covering the Mirrors’ by Carol V. Davis

Carol V. Davis lives in California, and once was an artist-in-residence at the Homestead Monument in Nebraska, where I met her. The following poem, her fourth to be published in …


From Reese Witherspoon to SJP, the rise of celeb book clubs

Jimmy Fallon isn’t the only celebrity to follow in Oprah Winfrey’s footsteps with a book club. Reese Witherspoon has made such a success of her monthly literary picks that publishers …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 12, 2018, 1:37 p.m.

Eli Saslow will discuss ‘Rising Out of Hatred’ with the Northwest Passages Book Club

Saslow’s newspaper story on Derek Black, a white nationalist who changed his views, won a PEN Award. His book is due out in September.


Summer Stories: ‘Lakes’

In week 7 of Summer Stories: The Road Trip, English teacher, cartoonist and novelist Simeon Mills imagines a world where “the family you make” has a very different connotation.


Local author’s novel garners awards

For Mary Mendenhall, writing a book is not the stuff of dreams. It’s what happened to her when she was praying in a chapel in Kampala, Uganda.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 5:33 p.m.

Spokane’s Stephanie Oakes a nominee for the Washington State Book Award

Her second novel, “The Arsonist,” will compete in the category of Books for Young Adults (ages 13 and up).


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club: Summer Stories, Road Trip Edition

More than 150 people turned out Wednesday night as The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club presented an evening of Summer Stories based on the newspaper’s annual short fiction series.


Book review: Princess Margaret’s beauty and arrogance are on parade in ‘Ninety-Nine Glimpses’

Craig Brown’s delectable “Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret” is not a novel, though its subject seems like a sublime work of fiction, too imperious to be true.


Summer Stories: Queen of the Road

In week 6 of Summer Stories: The Road Trip, novelist and English professor Kim Barnes, of Moscow, Idaho, traces one woman’s journey through sobriety to fulfillment.


American Life in Poetry: ‘No Encore’ by Betty Adcock

For me, poetry’s most moving subject is impermanence, and I will never read too many poems about it, each with their own very personal and specific points of view.


Hemingway story from 1956 published for first time

“A Room on the Garden Side,” written in 1956, appears in the summer edition of The Strand Magazine.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 3:59 p.m.

Reading the Northwest: Crutcher’s darkly humorous stories can’t match teens’ reality

Spokane author Chris Crutcher talks about his new novel and recent experiences on the front lines of high school shootings.


Book club: Take a Road Trip at Summer Stories Night

Northwest Passages hosts an evening of live storytelling with summer tunes, wine and burgers, too. Get tickets.


Summer Stories: ‘The Old Road’ by Shann Ray

In week 5 of Summer Stories: The Road Trip, Shann Ray tells of one man’s journey toward love.


American Life in Poetry: ‘After the Opera’ by Richard Schiffman

Here is a poem by Richard Schiffman that has a little fun with the hair-on-fire excesses of grand opera.


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 1:33 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club hosts ‘Summer Stories’ Aug. 8

Local authors Stephanie Oakes, Alexis Smith, Shawn Vestal and Kris Dinnison share new fiction about road trips.


Everything is Copy: Boaty McBoatface, isolation and exclusion

Tell people they get to choose, and then don’t listen to them, and you’re left with citizens who act like pissed off children. Say you trust them with power, and …