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Olivia Hawker

"One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow"

Dec. 3, 2019, 7 p.m.

The Montvale Event Center 1019 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

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The Spokesman-Review's community book club and forum features best-selling authors, innovators and newsmakers. We invite readers to join us for evenings of exploration, adventure and conversation.

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

Olivia Hawker

"One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow"

Dec. 3, 2019, 7 p.m.

The Montvale Event Center 1019 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

Get Tickets

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