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Peter Heller: "The River"

"The River"

June 25, 2019, 7 p.m.

Montvale Event Center, 1017 W First Ave Spokane, WA, 99201

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.

The first line of author Peter Heller’s latest book “The River” reads, “They had been smelling smoke for two days.”

At the Montvale on June 25 Heller was interviewed by Spokesman-Review Editor Rob Curley and dived into the origin stories of his books, including “The River.”

“I start with the first line and a story comes out of it,” Heller said. “I follow the music and the language.”

But along the way, he said, he bumps into motifs and issues that he cares about.

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