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Reading the Northwest: An unlikely journey from Idaho isolation to halls of Harvard

Tara Westover was raised without a birth certificate, medical care or a formal education. “Educated,” the gripping story of Westover’s self-invention after a brutally hard upbringing, is winning acclaim across …


UPDATED: Sun., April 1, 2018, 4:22 p.m.

The mystery of being J.A. Jance

Best-selling author coming to Spokane


Northwest Passages Book Club: Tod Marshall headlines ‘My Town Poetry Night’ on April 11

On April 11, former state poet laureate Tod Marshall joins The Spokesman-Review’s


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 3:08 p.m.

Get tickets for Northwest Passages Book Club events

Tickets are available for April events hosts hosted by The Spokesman-Review’s popular Northwest Passages Book Club and Community Forum.


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

Northwest Passages Book Club welcomes top writers

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.


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 …


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

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

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 …


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

Shawn Vestal: This is at the Spokane Public Library?

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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 11:47 a.m.

Wiley Cash, J.K. Rowling, Margot Lee Shetterly top lists of popular library checkouts

Reviewing lists of top checkouts from both the Spokane Puiblic Library and the Spokane County Library District reveals patterns and trends about what Spokane read or listened to last year.


10 things to know about Nancy Pearl

Her life is a nearly open book.


Northwest Passages Book Club: Nancy Pearl’s lust for words encourages reading near and far

The only librarian with her own action figure makes cranking out her first novel sound almost easy.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 11:12 a.m.

Alexie, Ruskovich among the winners at the Pacific Northwest Book Awards

Two authors from the Inland Northwest are among the winners of the 2018 Pacific Northwest Book Awards.


The books of 2018: Many good words ahead for Spokane-area readers

Coming out in 2018 are new volumes from a Pulitzer Prize winner with North Idaho roots, two winners of the Washington Book Award, popular local young adult authors and poets …


January author and action figure: Nancy Pearl joins the Northwest Passages Book Club

Pearl, the only librarian with her own action figure and the author of the novel, “George and Lizzie,” will be on stage in conversation with Sharma Shields, a Spokane author …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 5:12 p.m.

Author Nate Blakeslee explores value of one wolf’s life

“American Wolf,” the nonfiction story of an alpha female in Yellowstone, drew about 150 people to the December meeting of The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club.


Book review: ‘American Wolf’ a fascinating tale of the West’s most controversial creature

In “American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West,” Nate Blakeslee provides the history of the trials and triumphs of wolf reintroduction. At its heart, it …


Northwest Passages Book Club: ‘American Wolf’ author tracks a famous leader of the pack

On Dec. 6, Blakeslee comes to Spokane for a community forum with The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club. In an interview ahead of his visit, the Texas journalist and author …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 3:15 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club kicks off with local author and columnist Shawn Vestal

Northwest Passages, The Spokesman-Review’s book club, debuted Thursday with a discussion with Shawn Vestal, author of “Daredevils.”


Return of the Wolf

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter One of “American Wolf,” a community read of the Northwest Passages Book Club. By Nate Blakeslee


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 4:06 p.m.

SR book club hosts award-winning Spokane novelist

Northwest Passages is the new book club sponsored by The Spokesman-Review. Each month, Spokane-area readers will be invited to read along, join in the conversation and attend author events. Up …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 2:52 p.m.

Introducing The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club

The Spokesman-Review is launching a community book club to celebrate and enjoy great authors and stories of the Northwest. We invite our readers to join us for evenings of exploration, …


Vestal’s novel ‘Daredevils’ claims top prize at Washington State Book Awards

Vestal’s win marks the third straight year the fiction prize has gone to a Spokane author.