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Northwest Passages is an exciting new chapter for The Spokesman-Review, one of the last great family-owned newspapers in America. We are based in Spokane, a vibrant literary and college town and the second largest city in Washington state.

It's a Book Club, Right?

Reading is a cornerstone of conversation, and we like to talk at The Spokesman-Review. What newspaper doesn’t like a good story? What we know here is that good stories are everywhere. The newspaper is one place to share them – but Northwest Passages Book Club created another space to share them in our community.

…with best selling authors and their latest projects.

…town hall meetings with the opportunity to hear directly from politicians and candidates for office. Over a beer!

…the chance to talk with local legends on our hometown sports teams. And those locals that break into the big leagues, but return home to Spokane.

…with creative talents whose work expands beyond words – storytellers in food, art and music.

…movie events that reveal behind the scenes stories – cool tidbits of information that not everyone knows!

Northwest Passages Book Club can take you to any number of places…all without leaving downtown Spokane. You are invited to come to one of our events and see what we mean!

Join the Club

It’s easy. Come to an event! We won’t even ask you to read the book ahead of time. Northwest Passages is about more than books. We are about community, conversation and building a better understanding of the world. The written word is the gateway. Discussion is the kickstarter! Evenings spent with people who are interested in discussing ideas and hearing perspectives of our speakers is time well spent. We promise unforgettable experiences with first rate authors, with discussions led by one of The Spokesman-Review’s own award winning journalists, or a local connection who brings a unique insight to the topic. We live in a culturally dynamic city and have access to people who are real change makers. Northwest Passages Book Club events provides a stage for engaging in the community.

Northwest Passages strives to keep General Admission ticket prices low so that anyone who wants to attend can join the conversation. Ticket fees are used to defray the costs of hosting community forums and we have lower priced student tickets. We strive to keep community events free. Have a special circumstance and need a scholarship for a group to attend an event? Reach out to via email so we can help.

We promise an entertaining evening – complete with camaraderie, good conversations and one of the most coveted raffle items in Spokane! The award winning photojournalists at The Spokesman-Review are second to none and with access to their archive, our renowned graphics team creates one of a kind artwork in all genres that is suitable for framing. Sometimes, we even make collectible t-shirts. And we like giving away things – posters, tickets, books, coffee, gift cards, t-shirts, guitar picks, even one of a kind collectible action figures!

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Upcoming Events

Galentine's Day

Auntie's Presents - Galentine's Day, A Northwest Passages Event with 4 Romance Writers

Feb. 24, 2020, 7 p.m.

Montvale Event Center, Spokane, WA

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Jeanine Cummins

"American Dirt"

March 12, 2020, 7 p.m.

The Bing Crosby Theater, Spokane, WA

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S.M. Hulse

"Eden Mine"

March 18, 2020, 7 p.m.

Montvale Event Center, Spokane, WA

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Latest Video


Northwest Passages: Karen Wickre and Tess Vigeland

Tech executive Karen Wickre and journalist Tess Vigeland dropped in on the Northwest Passages Book Club, organized by The Spokesman-Review newspaper, at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Their interview, by Dr. Mary Cullinan, was about their approach to getting their dream jobs and why they walked away from those jobs at some point. Wickre worked in corporate communications at Google and Twitter, while Vigeland worked at NPR as the voice of Marketplace Money. They offered advice for women going into competitive fields. After the interview, the Inland Northwest Women of the Year honorees were called up to the stage and a special presentation was made by event sponsor Bank of America.

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After taking January off, Northwest Passages is ready to start tackling this year’s reading list. New novels, romance, running, they’re all on the schedule. In fact, some of it’s so new, you can’t buy it yet (but Auntie’s Bookstore can help you with preorders).
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UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

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A&E >  Books

Help Northwest Passages turn #GivingTuesday into #GivingNewsDay

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

You can help The Spokesman-Review reach our fundraising goal with a donation to the Community Journalism and Civic Engagement Fund through the Innovia Foundation. Donations will help bring two government reporters to our newsroom to report on state and federal issues.
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