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Upcoming Events

Northwest Passages - Jess Walter

June 28, 2022, 7 p.m.

Bing Crosby Theater 901 W. Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201

Northwest Passages - Leah Sotille

July 6, 2022, 7 p.m.

The Montvale Event Center 1019 W. First Ave Spokane, WA 99201

Northwest Passages - Jim DeFede

Aug. 8, 2022, 7 p.m.

The Bing Crosby Theater 901 W. Sprague Ave Spokane, WA 99201

Previous Events

Northwest Passages Book Club - Mary Cronk Farrell

Mary Cronk Farrell writes stories about little-known women in history whose incredible courage will renew your faith in the human spirit. Her latest book focuses on pioneering photojournalist Catherine Leroy.

Northwest Passages Book Club - Sasha LaPointe in conversation with Emma Noyes

Book release date: March 8, 2022 Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Year by Nylon, Electric Lit, Ms., BookPage and the Millions "Set against a backdrop of the breathtaking beauty of Coast Salish ancestral land and imbued with the universal spirit of punk, 'Red Paint' is ultimately a story of the ways we learn to find our true selves while fighting for our right to claim a place of our own. Examining what it means to be vulnerable in love and in art, Sasha offers up an unblinking reckoning with personal traumas amplified by the collective personal traumas of colonialism and genocide that continue to haunt Native peoples. 'Red Paint' is an intersectional autobiography of lineage, resilience and, above all, the ability to heal." — Shelf Unbound

Spokane Black Stories with guest Mandi Price

Representation matters. NAACP President and Spokesman-Review columnist Kiantha Duncan talks with tv producer Mandi Price about her experiences from Spokane to Hollywood...and Racial-Equity reporter Amber Dodd joins the panel to speak with selected high school students presenting their artistic perspectives on the Black experience today in Spokane.

Deadline for Spokane Black Stories

Submission Guidelines: All submissions should be sent to the email Along with the submission, please send over a third person bio that includes the title of your piece, your pronouns, personal interests and other things we should know about you. (We like weird stuff so have fun) Please label all submissions with the subject line of Last Name - BHM Symposium - Genre. Ex: Dodd - BHM - Nonfiction. Please ensure that written submissions are revised for grammar and clarity. Submissions that cannot be opened will not be eligible (we will make all attempts to contact you to let you know to resubmit!)

Northwest Passages Book Club ‘Finding Refuge’ - Victorya Rouse in conversation with Shawn Vestal

As immigration has catapulted into the current discourse, this poignant collection emphasizes the USA's rich tradition of welcoming people from all over the world. From her classroom in Spokane, Rouse teaches immigrants from all over the world how to speak English. She asks her students to write their “coming to America stories,” in which they narrate, in English, their journey to the United States. This anthology offers a selection of those essays, which Rouse herself has collected and edited from current and former students whose experience of America starts in Spokane. Shawn Vestal leads the conversation with Rouse about her book and what she has learned about the Spokane refugee experience. Rouse also serves on the board of directors for Refugee Connections of Spokane, an organization that serves refugee and immigrant communities and advocates for refugee and immigrant rights

Northwest Passages Book Club - Sundee Frazier

NAACP President Kiantha Duncan in conversation with author Sundee Frazier about her latest book, "Mighty Inside." The book is inspired by Frazier's grandparents, who bought a home in a white Spokane neighborhood in the 1940s. She also used recollections from her own childhood in Spokane's tight knit African-American community. Northwest Passages Book Club will comply with any state mandated COVID protocols in force at the time of our event. We are requiring that all attendees be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination prior to entering event. Please do not put yourself or others in a vulnerable position.

Northwest Passages Book Club - Chris Kopczynski

"Into Thin Hair" is an interesting and informative read. A perfect read to escape into when traveling is not an option! It's a mix of memoir, history, geology and philosophical musing. Chris Kopczynski will be in conversation with S-R outdoors editor Eli Francovich as Northwest Passages returns to in person events...with recordings made available online after the event via our podcast and video page.

Northwest Passages Book Club - Sara Pennypacker

From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes the long-awaited sequel to "Pax;" this is a gorgeously crafted, utterly compelling novel about chosen families and the healing power of love. And who better to talk about this book with than Chris Crutcher?!? Pre-order your copy of "Pax, Journey Home" from Wishing Tree Books (out Sept. 7!) and join us for this one of a kind afternoon virtual discussion on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m.

Click ‘tickets’ to buy your copy of ‘Mount St. Helens: A Summer Story Anthology’ today

Now in its seventh year, The Spokesman-Review’s short-fiction series, Summer Stories, was bigger than ever with 17 stories that ran from May to September. This year’s theme was Mount St. Helens in honor of the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Washington’s most famous volcano. The collection of short stories is available in this beautiful commemorative book - made possible by a grant from STCU - and all proceeds from the sale of the book go to Spark Central. Purchase locally at Atticus, Auntie's Bookstore, Wishing Tree Books or click on the tickets button to order. (The $20 price includes shipping and handling. )

Northwest Passages Book Club - Kate Lebo

Sharma Shields will be across the screen from Kate Lebo in conversation about Leob's first collection of nonfiction, "The Book of Difficult Fruit." Lebo is the author of the cookbook "Pie School," the poetry chapbook, "Seven Prayers to Cathy McMorris Rodgers," and co-editor with Samuel Ligon of "Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze." Join us for this free virtual event on Tuesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. The ticket is free - you don't need a ticket to join! With ticket comes a reminder to join the event and a chance to win our a coveted copy of The Spokesman-Review "Warhol" print.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Myles Kennedy

Making music in Spokane - a conversation with Myles Kennedy No ticket needed - just click over to the livestream tab at 5:30 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club - Jennifer Longo

May is Foster Care Awareness Month so the YA selection is Jennifer Longo's "What I Carry," a powerful and heartwarming look at a teen girl about to age out of the foster care system.

Northwest Passages Book Club - Maggie Shipstead

Available from Auntie's Bookstore An unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost, "Great Circle" spans Prohibition-era Montana, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New Zealand, wartime London, and modern-day Los Angeles.

Northwest Passages Book Club - Blaine Harden

"Murder at the Mission: A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy of Lies and the Taking of the American West" is available from Auntie's Bookstore (release date April 27) Joining Harden in conversation is Dr. Larry Cebula, a professor at Eastern Washington University. Cebula is a historian of the Pacific Northwest and the editor of His first book, "Plateau Indians and the Quest for Spiritual Power," explores the interactions of Natives and missionaries in this time period. Please join us for this free virtual event on Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club - Eileen Garvin

Available for pre-order from Auntie's Bookstore (release date April 27) Beautifully moving, warm, and uplifting,"The Music of Bees" is about the power of friendship, compassion in the face of loss, and finding the courage to start over (at any age) when things don’t turn out the way you expect. Eileen Garvin is a beekeeper and writer living in Hood River, Oregon. Her memoir, "How to Be a Sister," was published in 2010. "The Music of Bees" is her debut novel. Join us for this free virtual event on Tuesday, May 4 at 7 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club - Susan Mulvihill

You can try, but it will be pretty difficult to stump this master gardener! Garden columnist, Susan Mulvihill launches her latest project, "The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook" with Northwest Passages Book Club, This creative force of nature behind "Susan's in the Garden" website/blog, multiple how-to-garden videos, and co-author with Pat Munts of "Northwest Gardener's Handbook" joins us to assist in planning our plots this year.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Otto Klein

What is this season going to look like for The Spokane Indians? Dave Nichols talks to Otto Klein to find out!

Northwest Passages Book Club - Sabina Khan is Here! Virtually!

Sabina Khan writes about Muslim teens who are straddling cultures. Khan's newest book is ZARA HOSSAIN HERE. Zara Hossain's family has waited years for their visa process to be finalized so that they can officially become US Citizens. But it only takes one moment for that dream to come crashing down around them. "A vivid account exploring issues many immigrant teens face." (Kirkus Reviews) This is a topic Mandy Manning, 2018 National Teacher of the Year, understands and will be moderating the evening.

Northwest Passages Book Club - Paul Theroux

Author and Travel writer Paul Theroux will share his inspiration about the Hawaii surf culture novel "Under the Wave at Waimea" with Spokesman-Review's Rob Curley at 7 p.m. on April 15 .

Northwest Passages Book Club - Martha Hall Kelly

Martha Hall Kelly’s million-copy bestseller Lilac Girls introduced readers to Caroline Ferriday. Now, in Sunflower Sisters, Kelly tells the story of Ferriday’s ancestor Georgeanna Woolsey, a Union nurse during the Civil War whose calling leads her to cross paths with Jemma, a young enslaved girl who is sold off and conscripted into the army, and Anne-May Wilson, a Southern plantation mistress whose husband enlists.

Northwest Passages Book Club - Adrienne Kisner

Six Girls form a Mock Trial team, fight sexist judges via yarn bombing, and find a little love and acceptance along the way. Adrienne Kisner has master's and doctorate degrees in theology from Boston University and was inspired by her work with high school and college students to write about them. She is also a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in writing for children and young adults.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Bryan White

Bryan White, CMA, ACM and Grammy award-winning country music singer/songwriter will be Master of Ceremonies MultiCare’s Heart Strings for Hope concert livestream, raising funds to support mental health care, while providing hope and healing through music. White is en route to Spokane to host this virtual event, and Ed Condran talks to him about his connection to the area and normalizing the conversation about mental health issues.

Northwest Passages Book Club - Sarah Gailey

Sarah Gailey's novel, The Echo Wife, is intense and surprising! Gailey joins us for a virtual visit to talk about their latest work, plus anything else that comes up.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Garrett Jones

Riverfront Park development plans - a discussion with Spokane Parks & Recreation Director Garrett Jones and Kip Hill.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Shantay Legans

Eastern Washington University men's basketball coach Shantay Legans in conversation with Spokesman-Review reporter Ryan Collingwood. Legans, whose Eagles are on the verge of back-to-back Big Sky Conference titles for the first time in program history, was listed in ESPN's Top 40 Coaches Under 40 last year.

Northwest Passages Book Club - Tracy Dobmeier & Wendy Katzman

An irreverent and suspenseful novel exploring the privilege and scandal of an elite Seattle community as a group of mothers become embroiled in college admissions mayhem.

Northwest Passages Book Club - Kim Johnson

YA books aren't just for young adults. In her debut novel, "This Is My America," Kim Johnson explores racial injustice against innocent Black men who are criminally sentenced and the families left behind to pick up the pieces. The book - an NPR Best Book of the Year and 2021 Pacific Northwest Book Award Winner - is the start of a new partnership between Northwest Passages and Wishing Tree Books and 10% of the book sale price will be donated to Spokane's NAACP. Spokane NAACP President Kiantha Duncan will moderate this FREE virtual event at 7 p.m. on February 16.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Spokane Brew Culture

Let's talk about the new craft brewing movement in our community of Spokane! The Spokesman-Review Features Editor Don Chareunsy joins No-Li Brewhouse owner John Bryant as they discuss the how Spokane has evolved and what the future holds as we leave 2020 behind. (A toast to that!)

Northwest Passages Book Club - What Bears Teach Us

This gorgeous book explores the complex behavioral characteristics of North America’s largest land carnivores by examining the bear-human relationship from the bear’s perspective. Sarah Elmeligi has been working with bears for nearly 20 years. After completing her master's research examining the impacts of bear-viewing tourism on bear behavior in the K’tzim-a-deen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary on the northern tip of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, she completed her PhD studying grizzly bear habitat use of hiking trails in the Canadian Rocky Mountain national parks. Elmeligi is truly an interdisciplinary researcher and values incorporating the human dimension in her understanding of the bear-human relationship.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Edward Humes

In addition to authoring fourteen books, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and PEN Award recipient Edward Humes has published work in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. In engaging presentations, Humes addresses our national waste crisis, the environmental consequences of our global supply chain, and identifies paths to sustainability. This is such a timely conversation because depending on the material, recycling in Spokane may be largely symbolic and functionally useless, as the city is unaware exactly where the materials it sells into the open market end up.

Northwest Passages Book Club - Rich Landers

Hiking can heal the soul! Rich Landers co-wrote “Urban Trails – Spokane and Coeur d’Alene” with David Taylor, referencing his abundant knowledge of the area that we all call home. This handy guide makes a perfect gift, and listening to Landers in conversation with Eli Francovich will no doubt motivate you to get out of the house and into nature.

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - State Races

Join The Spokesman-Review journalists as they talk politics in Olympia ahead of Election Day. Jonathan Brunt speaks with our team covering Olympia - Jim Camden and Laurel Demkovich.

Northwest Passages Book Club - The Cold Millions: A Novel

It is a Jess Walter tradition to launch his books with an event at Auntie's. Being that an in person event isn't possible, we are thrilled to co-host the launch of his highly anticipated book, "The Cold Millions: A Novel." Pre-order your copy from Auntie's Bookstore for your ticket into our online streaming event (your email will be collected so we can send you a link to the stream.)

Northwest Passages Book Club - Anne Helen Petersen

"CAN’T EVEN: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation" will be released 9/22. *This event is not ticketed * Simply click on our livestream tab at the start time to join * The genesis of Anne Helen Petersen 's book was her article for BuzzFeed of the same name. "Petersen is more focused on bluntly describing her generation’s many obstacles than offering solutions to burnout. By turns exasperated, indignant, and empathetic, she supports her claims with strong evidence and calls on millennials to be a force for widespread social change. The result is an incisive portrait of a generation primed for revolt. " (Publishers Weekly) Her past titles include 2017's Must read " Too Fat Too Loud Too Slutty: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman" and "Scandals of Classic Hollywood." She has left the senior culture writer credit at BuzzFeed News behind and created her own newsletter Culture study on Join us online at our livestream tab at the appointed time for this free event!

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Lt Governor Debate

The League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund is pleased to present debates for 2020 statewide positions with The Spokesman-Review Northwest Passages Community Forum. No tickets necessary! Join us for the free livestream on our page at the appointed time. Feel free to submit your questions for the candidates below via our form .

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum - Friday Night Sports EXTRA

It's a very special edition of FRIDAY NIGHT SPORTS EXTRA with the original hosts: Bud Nameck, Dennis Patchin and Rick Lukens. Join us for a roundtable discussion with the OG's of Spokane High School Sports, moderated by Vince Grippi.

Northwest Passages Book Club - The Sound of Spokane written by Jim Kershner

No ticket needed for this event - Please just visit our livestream page at the appointed time!  In 1945, a musical “taskmaster” named Harold Paul Whelan arrived in Spokane and willed a symphony orchestra into existence. Others before him had tried and failed. Yet this orchestra evolved into the Spokane Symphony and is now celebrating its 75th birthday. Almost from the beginning, the orchestra established itself as the premier arts institution in the city. While you can't hear the Spokane Symphony live right now, don't let that stop you from listening to the stories that built it into what some call "“the smallest major orchestra in the United States.” Free event - click on our livestream tab at 4:00PM 10/7/20 - *No need to hit the GET TICKETS button *

Virtual Northwest Passage Forum -OSPI Candidate Debate

The League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund is pleased to present debates for 2020 statewide positions with The Spokesman-Review Northwest Passages Community Forum. No tickets necessary! Join us for the free livestream on our page at the appointed time. Feel free to submit your questions for the candidates below via our form .

Northwest Passages Book Club - Virtual Road Trip with Vanessa Veselka

- This book will be released August 25 2020 - It is a wildly original, cross-country novel that subverts a long tradition of family narratives and casts new light on the mythologies–national, individual, and collective–that drive and define us. About the Author: VANESSA VESELKA is the author of the novel Zazen, which won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her short stories have appeared in Tin House and ZYZZYVA, and her nonfiction in GQ, The Atlantic, Smithsonian, The Atavist, and was included in Best American Essays and the anthology Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism. She has been, at various times, a teenage runaway, a sex worker, a union organizer, an independent record label owner, a train hopper, a waitress, and a mother.

Northwest Passages Book Club - The New Chardonnay with Heather Cabot

The New Chardonnay tells the unbelievable story of pot’s astonishing rebranding, pulling back the curtain to show how a drug that was once the subject of “Just Say No” warnings managed to shed its unsavory image and land at the center of a booming and surprisingly upstanding industry. Heather Cabot is an author, award-winning journalist, keynote speaker and former ABC News correspondent and anchor. She specializes in narrative nonfiction storytelling highlighting inspiring tales of innovation, enterprise, grit and resilience. All you need to do to participate is hit our livestream tab at the appointed time.

Northwest Passages Book Club - Pandemic Reading with Max Brooks

Reading a horror book during a pandemic? Well, why not? New York Times bestselling author Max Brooks will be visiting us via Zoom on August 20 at 7 p.m. PDT. Purchase of "Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre," from Auntie's is required to watch and participate in the streaming event live. As is standard for all of our events, questions can be submitted via our form to the moderator. Livestream log-in details and instructions will be e-mailed the day before.

Northwest Passages Book Club - Calling Bullshit

Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West, authors of "Calling Bullshit - The Art of Skepticism in a Data Driven World", will be in conversation with Shawn Vestal. Since we can't get them all in the same room together, we'll have to follow along on screens as they dive into the nuances of the word in today's political climate. "Bullshit involves language, statistical figures, data graphics, and other forms of presentation intended to persuade by impressing and overwhelming a reader or listener, with a blatant disregard for truth and logical coherence. Calling bullshit is a performative utterance, a speech act in which one publicly repudiates something objectionable. The scope of targets is broader than bullshit alone. You can call bullshit on bullshit, but you can also call bullshit on lies, treachery, trickery, or injustice." We are going to hear how to spot the former and effectively perform the latter. Watch freely on our livestream at the appointed time! Again, no ticket needed - just visit our livestream at the appointed time.

Northwest Passages Book Club - Ghosting the News - conversation w/Margaret Sullivan

Ghosting the News tells the most troubling media story of our time: How democracy suffers when local news dies. Reporting on news-impoverished areas in the U.S. and around the world, America’s premier media critic, Margaret Sullivan, charts the contours of the damage but also surveys some new efforts to keep local news alive — from non-profit digital sites to an effort modeled on the Peace Corps. All you need to do to participate is hit our livestream tab at the appointed time. You’ll see and hear us, and although we can’t see you thru the screens, we are imagining us at The Bing, where we hope to be getting together again soon. Again, no ticket needed - just visit our livestream at the appointed time.

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!
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