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Virtual Northwest Passage Book Club - Sandra Tsing Loh with Julia Sweeney

Pandemic Book Club Event with author Sandra Tsing Loh, celebrating her latest book, "Madwoman and the Roomba: My Year of Domestic Mayhem" in conversation with Spokane's own Julia Sweeney. Join us at 7:30 p.m. online - and submit your questions via our form at

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Stephan Pastis

In addition to his collection "Pearls Go to Hollywood" being released this past spring, Disney+ began streaming a movie version of Pastis’ children’s book series about Timmy Failure, "Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made." In 2018, Pastis received cartooning's highest honor, the prestigious Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year. Rob Curley leads the conversation and will include your questions as well - submit them below! Join us for this free livestream at 2:00 p.m. Just click below!

Virtual Northwest Passages Forum - Salon Expectations

Rebecca White speaks with salon/owner operators from Rumors and Bella Dolce, and Studio One. With Phase 2 reopening businesses, and an eight week lockdown from salon services, what is going on in Spokane area salons? What can patrons expect and how are salons dealing with expectations? Submit your questions at

Virtual Northwest Passages - Mayor Nadine Woodward

The City of Spokane worked hard to get into Phase 2. Now we are there. Mayor Nadine Woodward talks to Adam Shanks about the new normal and what we can now expect as coronavirus hasn't disappeared and continued vigilance is essential. Submit your questions via the form online at our site:

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum -Jeff Stafford, EWU

Graduates of both high school & colleges are facing a completely different job market then they anticipated. What should they look for - how do managers leading & motivating a team in a virtual environment as this "new normal" evolves....Jeff Stafford, Professor of Organizational Communication & Leadership at EWU joins Amy Edelen at 11:00AM to talk about the challenge of looking for work. Bookmark our site and submit your questions via the form online at:

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Sarah Arpin

Only the lonely...know the way I feel tonight...Only the lonely...know this feeling ain't right. But isn't that how everyone feels right now? Join us at 11:00AM as Northwest Passages Community Forum examines the topic of loneliness with Gonzaga University associate professor Sarah Arpin. Tune in & submit your questions via the form online at our site:

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Jody Graves

Music Makes Us Human! Dr. Jody Graves, professor of music at Eastern Washington University, talks about why music is important to everyone, especially during times of stress. Reporter Rebecca White asks the questions in this Northwest Passages Virtual Forum livestream.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Christine Gregoire

On Tuesday, May 19 at 4:00 p.m. Former Governor Christine Gregoire in conversation with Jim Camden will talk about plans that her group, Challenge Seattle and the Washington Roundtable are putting together for businesses to navigate the "new normal" of life after things start back up from the coronavirus shutdowns. See the replay at

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Impact on Your Finances

How does the COVID19 crisis affect your financial life? Can your personal financial safety net stretch for a long term economic shut down? What can you ask of your bank and how can you plan for other financial emergencies while trying to survive this one? Numerica Senior VP of Retail Experience and Operations Jana Erny talks strategies and numbers with Editor Rob Curley at 11AM. If you have questions, take advantage of this free forum and submit them via the form at the live streaming tab at Join us for this free livestream here at 11:00 a.m.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum -Community Colleges Roundtable

How is the community college structure impacted by COVID19? Are the protocols in place for continued distance learning? What can community colleges students expect as far as fulfilling course requirements and retaining professors who are already not full time? The Spokesman-Review's Editor Rob Curley leads the conversation with Dr. Christine Johnson, Chancellor of Community Colleges of Spokane ; Kimberlee Messina, President of Spokane Falls Community College and Kevin Brockbank, President of Spokane Community College for our next Northwest Passages Virtual Forum at 11AM. Submit your questions on the form at the live streaming tab at Join us for this free livestream here at 11:00 a.m.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Dr. Philip Watkins on Gratitude and Happiness

Spokesman-Review reporter Emma Epperly talks with Eastern Washington University professor Dr. Philip Watkins via the Northwest Passages Virtual Forum livestream about his research into happiness and gratitude.

Virtual Northwest Passages Bookclub with SM Hulse

Author S.M. Hulse, who recently released her second novel "Eden Mine", speaks with Senior Special Projects Editor Carolyn Lamberson on the Northwest Passages Book Club livestream Friday, May 8, 2020. The book club is sponsored by The Spokesman-Review newspaper.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Dr. Bob Lutz

Spokane County Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz speaks with health reporter Arielle Dreher about the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic in Spokane and the region and what is ahead.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Editor Rob Curley introduces and reporter Kip Hill interviews U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on the Northwest Passages Virtual Forum live-stream Monday, May 5, 2020. Most of the questions were about what the federal government could do to help the country recover from the COVID-19 shutdown.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - University Roundtable

Four regional university presidents talk about the unprecedented challenges facing higher education in recent days and Rob Curley, Editor of the Spokesman-Review asks the questions that are on the minds of students and their families. The participants are Thayne McCulloh of Gonzaga University; KirK Schulz of Washington State University; Beck Taylor of Whitworth University and Mary Cullinan of Eastern Washington University. The Northwest Passages Forum is a project of The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Washington.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Talking with Auntie’s Claire Davey

Northwest Passages' Kristi Burns talks to Auntie's Bookstore events coordinator Claire Davey about upcoming plans as Auntie's reopens for online orders, curbside pick up and virtual events.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum -Ciscoe Morris

Spokane gardening expert Susan Mulvihill interviews gardening celebrity Ciscoe Morris, known for years to Puget Sound area radio and television listeners and viewers as the go-to gardening answer man. He visits via live-stream with Mulvihill and Kristi Burns, the coordinator of the Northwest Passages Book Club and talks about his new book Friday, April 17, 2020.

Virtual Northwest Passages Forum with WSU Baseball Coach Brian Green talks to Theo Lawson

Washington State University baseball coach Brian Green talks with Spokesman-Review sportswriter Theo Lawson about having a promising spring baseball season cut short by the outbreak of COVID-19. This is part of the Northwest Passages Virtual Forum series of interviews with newsmakers around the region.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - WDFW Director Kelly Susewind

The Spokesman-Review Outdoors Editor Eli Francovich talks with Kelly Susewind, the director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in a Northwest Passages Virtual Forum. Fishing and hunting enthusiasts are angry about the decision to close fishing and hunting during the COVID-19 shutdown across the state, especially for those people who live in proximity to the forests and lakes where they recreate. Susewind said that surveys show well over half of the sports enthusiasts travel to other regions or from different states to participate in the sports and the desire to keep people from traveling was the impetus behind the restrictions.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Rev. Walter Kendrick

Reverend Walter Kendricks from Morning Star Baptist Church talks to Rebecca White about how to celebrate Easter during this pandemic.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - WSU Men’s Basketball Coach Kyle Smith

When we can't be playing basketball, let's talk about basketball with Washington State University head coach Kyle Smith. Theo Lawson will be leading the conversation across the computer screen and including your questions - submit them on the form at under the live streaming tab at

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Mayor Nadine Woodward

Spokane's Mayor Nadine Woodward reflects on her first 100 days in office and the city's response to the COVID-19 pandemic with Spokesman-Review's Adam Shanks.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - WSU Football Coach Nick Rolovich

Theo Lawson catches up with WSU Head Football Coach Nick Rolovich - hear about how while COVID-19 has kept WSU Cougs away from Martin Stadium they are getting a virtual crash course in run-and-shoot offense, hoping they’ll be better prepared when they get the green light to resume normal football activities.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Lisa Brown

Washington State Commerce Director Lisa Brown in conversation with Spokesman-Review reporter, Kip Hill, discussing what the Washington state economy can expect moving through this pandemic, and what citizens can do. Topics include what assistance is available to small businesses, manufacturing needed medical equipment and emergency housing for essential workers.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Pui-Yan Lam

Spokesman-Review Editor Rob Curley talks to EWU Sociology Professor Pui-Yan Lam about impact of the pandemic with the Asian American community.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Anne Mason

Anne Mason, a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who still maintains a clinical practice speaks with Kip Hill. At the WSU College of Nursing, she is director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, which is a clinical doctorate versus the more research-focused PhD. How is your family coping with the Covid-19 shutdowns? Are you worried about your community and how it can possibly come back from this? What changes do you anticipate and how can we possibly help each other when we are so isolated?

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Spokane Valley Mayor Ben Wick

Spokane Valley Mayor Ben Wick as he talks with Spokesman-Review reporter Rebecca White. As all cities are work through new and different issues tied to COVID-19, Wick will talk with us and our readers about what is being done in Spokane Valley.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Dr. Shelley Redinger

Spokesman-Review education reporter Jim Allen will talk with Spokane schools superintendent Shelley Redinger. Districts across the nation are radically having to change philosophies and curriculum, how do things look in our area?

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - WSU AD Pat Chun

Washington State athletic director, Pat Chun and Spokesman-Review Cougs writer, Theo Lawson. The Wazzu faithful have been impressed with Chun's hires of basketball coach Kyle Smith and football coach Nick Rolovich, and now many want to see how he plans to navigate an even more complicated world with spring football canceled and recruiting looking very differently than it did just a month ago.

Virtual Northwest Passages Forum - Ronald Jacobson

After the pain subsides, the COVID-19 pandemic will offer some lifelong lessons for educators and the rest of society, the dean of Whitworth University’s School of Education said Thursday in conversation with Rob Curley.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Jeff Stafford

Spokesman-Review Editor Rob Curley interviews Jeff Stafford, professor of organizational communication and leadership at Eastern Washington University in the first ever live-stream interview on the Northwest Passages Virtual Forum discussing what is working and what isn't during this challenging time. Speaking of challenging, unfortunately, this first livestream attempt had both video and audio problems which we have attempted to minimize in this recording.

Galentine’s Day

Auntie's Presents - Galentine's Day, A Northwest Passages Event with 4 Spokane Romance Writers: Asa Maria Bradley, Lucy Gilmore, Katee Robert and Rebecca Zanetti

Making Life Work on Your Terms

Join us in honoring The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Women of The Year, with keynote address from Karen Wickre and Tess Vigeland. These women never hit the glass ceiling. They created their own way around it, finding success on their own terms. Wickre has been one of the highest-ranking women at both Google and Twitter. Now she’s the best-selling author of "Taking the Work out of Networking: An Introvert's Guide to Making Connections that Count." Vigeland’s voice is instantly familiar to anyone who listens to NPR. She was the longtime anchor for public radio’s “Marketplace.” Then she walked away from it all and wrote a book about making that “Leap.”  Vigeland was just honored with the Edward R Murrow Award for her creation of “After Paradise,” a locally produced weekly program covering recovery from the Camp Fire—the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history.

Chris Bovey

Spokane's favorite neighborhoods and haunts, commemorated into beautiful artwork with a vintage feel by Chris Bovey. Bovey has finally compiled a coffee table book of favorites, and we will hear the stories that connect all of us to his artwork.

World Court

Preview of 2019-2020 Gonzaga men's and women's seasons with Spokesman-Review journalists and Gonzaga coaches, told through the lens of the teams' international recruiting and international travel.

Timothy Egan

National Book Award Winner and Bestselling Author Timothy Egan returns to Spokane - courtesy of AUNTIE'S- with his new book, A Pilgrimage to Eternity From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith.

Tom Mueller

Mueller spent the last seven years researching, writing about and interviewing whistleblowers. Just weeks ahead of the release of his book, “Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud,” a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump made international news and sparked an impeachment inquiry.

Rene Denfeld

Rene Denfeld visits the Northwest Passages Book Club Stage in support of her new novel, “The Butterfly Girl” which will be published October 1, 2019. The book is already earning early acclaim. Margaret Atwood proclaims it a “heartbreaking, finger-gnawing, yet ultimately hopeful novel.” Her first novel, “The Enchanted” (Harper 2014), was awarded the French Prix award, an ALA Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and a Carnegie Listing The book was a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, The Oregonian's Best Book of the Year, and listed for the Dublin International fiction prize. Her second novel, “The Child Finder” (Harper 2017), is a literary thriller examining the role of a young woman in finding a missing child.

Ben Goldfarb’s “Eager:The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter”

In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers.

Summer Stories 2019

The Spokesman-Review’s annual short-fiction series. For 10 weeks, some of Spokane’s best writers will share new, original works of short fiction based on a central theme. In recent years, writers have taken us on a road trip, camping in the woods, diving into the lake and floating down the river. For this sixth edition of Summer Stories, we’ve decided to go back to where it started: the past.

Non Sequitur: an Evening with Wiley Miller

The Spokesman-Review readers voted and Non Sequitur will return to the comic pages of the paper on Sunday August 4, 2019. The day after his comic returns to The Spokesman-Review – Monday, Aug. 5 – Wiley Miller will be a part of a special gathering of our very popular Northwest Passages book club and community forum.

Crave 2019

Be part of the ultimate bash for food lovers as some of the best culinary talent that our region has to offer gathers for eating, drinking and celebrating.

Gonzaga Legends 2019

On Thursday, June 27, former Zags basketball stars Kelly Olynyk, Steven Gray, David Pendergraft and Heather Bowman headlined the second “Gonzaga Legends” event at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.

Peter Heller: “The River”

Heller, award-winning adventure writer and long-time contributor to NPR, spoke about his latest novel “The River”— a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, whitewater, starvation, and brutality.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson

The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages Community Forum welcomes Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Nicole Chung

The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages Book Club welcomes author Nicole Chung.

The Warner Boys

The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages Book Club welcomes Ana and Curt Warner, authors of “The Warner Boys: Our Family’s Story of Autism and Hope."

Pam Houston

The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages Book Club welcomes Pam Houston, the best-selling author of "Deep Creek." Houston will be in conversation with columnist and author Shawn Vestal at the Bing Crosby Theater.

Sharma Shields and Nancy Pearl

The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages Book Club welcomes Sharma Shields in conversation with Nancy Pearl. Yes, they're back!