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Mark your calendar: New dates for Northwest Passages include Ana and Curt Warner, Washington AG Bob Ferguson

Curt and Ana Warner, and Washington AG Bob Ferguson are among the upcoming guests of the Northwest Passages Book Club.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 10:52 p.m.

Shields dives through nuclear bomb history of ‘loose lips sink ships’ at Northwest Passages Book Club

Before her first novel was published, Spokane author Sharma Shields was already looking to start writing another book.


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 11:20 a.m.

Northwest Passages: Librarian Nancy Pearl continues to share her love of books

Pearl talks about her next book, the novel that is keeping her up at night, and the evolving role of libraries.


It’s all happening at the library: Spokane’s library systems go beyond books

Here are some things that might surprise you about the local libraries.


‘The Cassandra’ excerpt: ‘To Make Men Free’

Sharma Shields joins the Northwest Passages Book Club on March 13.


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 6:42 p.m.

Editor & Publisher: Spokesman-Review one of 10 newspapers that ‘do it right’

The magazine said it looked for innovative revenue strategies, impactful journalism and creative audience growth when selecting newspapers for E&P’s annual feature about media game changers.


Reading the Northwest: Shields’ ‘Cassandra’ sets a dark tale at Hanford

Author Sharma Shields explores the Manhattan Project and greek mythology in her new novel.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 10:33 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham comes to Spokane May 6

Ticket are on sale for the Northwest Passages Book Club’s evening with Jon Meacham, the presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Soul of America.” The May 6 event, …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 6:44 p.m.

Northwest Passages Pam Houston rescheduled for March 26

The Northwest Passages Book Club event with author Pam Houston, postponed Tuesday due to inclement weather, will be held on March 26.


Book excerpt: “Some Kind of Calling” from Pam Houston’s “Deep Creek”

The author of “Deep Creek” takes readers along on a road trip to find home in the high country.


Book: Raising autistic twins brought challenges for Seahawks legend Curt Warner and his wife

Ana and Curt Warner recently published “The Warner Boys: Our Family’s Story of Autism and Hope.”


Reading the Northwest: Pam Houston saved the ranch, and it saved her in return

Pam Houston will discuss her latest book, “Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country,” with the Northwest Passages Book Club on March 26.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 2:03 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club: Author Chris Crutcher on the ache of being a teenager

Chris Crutcher is hoping his newest book, “Losers Bracket,” will be banned somewhere.


Shawn Vestal: Author Chris Crutcher bears witness for youth traumatized by school shootings

Schools struggling to move past tragedy are right in Chris Crutcher’s wheelhouse: the places that combine his service as a therapist for traumatized kids and his career as an author …


Analysis: The reality of Crutcher’s life lessons are why his sports-themed young-adult lit is the gold-medal standard

Chris Crutcher is one of the most important voices in the world of young adult literature, but Katherine Cramer didn’t know that in the early ’90s when she first checked …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 10, 2019, 10:24 a.m.

Eli Saslow’s ‘Rising Out of Hatred’ among the winners at Pacific Northwest Book Awards

Saslow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer from Portland, chronicles the story of former white nationalist Derek Black.


Book review: With Annie Bloom, Spokane YA novelist Chris Crutcher finds a new voice

Professor emeritus Marilyn Carpenter reviews “Losers Bracket” by Chris Crutcher, the headliner at the Northwest Passages Book Club on Jan. 16.


Reading the Northwest: Book club authors share their 2018 favorites

The Spokesman-Review launched Northwest Passages a year ago as a book club and community forum with a mission to get people reading – and talking. If anything, we underestimated the …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 10:02 p.m.

Instant Pot class boosts Second Harvest kitchen that teaches cooking to low-income families

Elene Johnston’s Instant Pot has been sitting in her cabinet for three months. Unused. But after attending an Instant Pot book author’s cooking class Tuesday in Second Harvest’s television-quality kitchen, …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 11:07 p.m.

Travel author Rick Steves shares love of adventure at Northwest Passages Book Club

Travel author and television host Rick Steves urged more than 700 readers to get out of their comfort zones and venture “beyond Orlando.”


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 7:10 a.m.

Chef’s grand idea goes in the pot … the Instant Pot

Spokane chef Chad White thought it would be fun to prepare a four-course, fine-dining experience using just an Instant Pot. So he’ll do it live for the Northwest Passages Book …


10 tips for travel as a political act

The great value of travel is the opportunity it offers you to pry open your hometown blinders and broaden your perspective.


Gonzaga basketball legends share stories behind great teams

A year before he became a Gonzaga basketball player, Matt Santangelo found himself in a rather uncomfortable spot: On the back of a horse. On his recruiting visit.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 5, 2018, 9:08 p.m.

Reading the Northwest: Why Rick Steves sees travel as a political act

Rick Steves has been guiding Americans through Europe for so many years, it’s like an old friend leading us along the ancient cobbled streets. His book, “Travel as a Political …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 2:10 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club: ‘Longmire’ author Craig Johnson brings a dose of cowboy humor to Spokane

Craig Johnson, best-selling author of the “Longmire” mystery series, has a lot in common with his protagonist, Sheriff Walt Longmire.


100 Things To Do In Spokane: Reader Submissions

The Spokesman-Review published “100 Things to Do in Spokane Before You Die” on Oct. 1 and we invited readers to share their local favorites and bucket list picks. Here’s what …


Reading the Northwest: Author Craig Johnson sends Sheriff Longmire to Mexico in new novel

Sometimes it can be hard to tell where author Craig Johnson ends and his signature creation, Sheriff Walt Longmire, begins. Both live in small-town, rural Wyoming, drive battered old trucks, …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 10:28 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club: Mt. Spokane peaks many bucket lists

More than 200 people packed The Spokesman-Review event for “100 Things to Do in Spokane Before You Die,” an insider’s guide to food, entertainment, culture, shopping and outdoor adventure.


Rob Curley: ‘100 Things to Do in Spokane Before You Die’ is an insider’s guide to our town

When our editor talks to different community groups about our newspaper’s different missions, he often explains our hope to be a daily instruction manual to life in our community. Then …


Travel author Rick Steves comes to Spokane on Nov. 29

His book, “Travel as a Political Act,” is a collection of stories and lessons from the road.