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Northwest Passages Book Club: Learning to Fly from ‘Kickflip Boys’ by Neal Thompson

Neal Thompson’s new memoir of fatherhood tells the intimate story of raising rebellious teenagers who love to skate. He shares an excerpt in advance of his June 13 visit to …


Northwest Passages Book Club: Neal Thompson at a glance

Neal Thompson, the June guest of the Northwest Passages Book Club, is the author of “Kickflip Boys: A Memoir of Freedom, Rebellion and the Chaos of Fatherhood,” which was published …


Reading the Northwest: Skateboard dad Neal Thompson wrestles with his parenting choices

“Kickflip Boys” author Neal Thompson shares his stories in Spokane on June 13


Northwest Passages Book Club welcomes Neal Thompson

In addition to “Kickflip Boys,” Thompson is the author “A Curious Man” and “Driving with the Devil.” He lives in Seattle with his family.


What’s cooking in Spokane

Adriana Janovich, food editor at The Spokesman-Review, caught up with five top chefs and food authors at the May 12 Dorothy Dean Cooking Show at the Spokane Convention Center.


UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

Tara Westover book talk moves to larger venue

The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club welcomes best-selling author Tara Westover to Spokane on Thursday and is moving the event to a larger nearby venue to accommodate ticket demand. Westover …


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 5:59 p.m.

From survivalist to storyteller: Best-selling ‘Educated’ author Tara Westover comes to Spokane on Thursday

Tara Westover grew up in a survivalist family on an Idaho mountain. She watched the school bus roll past, but never joined the local kids at school. She never saw …


Northwest Passages Book Club: Jess Walter loves his hometown – he really does

Spokane novelist joins the Northwest Passages Book Club on May 16.


Best-selling ‘Educated’ author Tara Westover comes to Spokane

The Northwest Passages Book Club will host the best-selling author on May 17.


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 2:06 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club: Author J.A. Jance on the art of (re)invention

Best-selling author J.A. Jance, the latest author to be featured by The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club, is the author of 56 novels, spanning series featuring such characters as Arizona …


Book club: Get tickets for Jess Walter and added J.A. Jance session

In response to strong reader interest, the Northwest Passages Book Club has added a second book talk and signing with bestselling mystery author J.A. Jance. Tickets are available for the …


Our Town Poetry: ‘Lilac City Promise’ by Lisa Conger

April is National Poetry Month and reader Lisa Conger shared this poem of compassion to help us celebrate.


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.”