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Stephan Pastis, the creator of ‘Timmy Failure’ and ‘Pearls Before Swine,’ is a success story

Stephan Pastis has an enviable type of attention deficit disorder. The creator of the cartoon strip “Pearls Before Swine” and the author of the children’s book series “Timmy Failure” is creatively restless.

‘Pearls Before Swine’s’ Stephan Pastis made the choice to create instead of litigate

Stephan Pastis can relate to the lyrics from the epic Led Zeppelin classic “Stairway to Heaven.” Before becoming a cartoonist, the creator of the acclaimed comic strip “Pearls Before Swine” was an attorney.

Women Helping Women luncheon moves online to continue fundraising

With the COVID-19 pandemic prohibiting gatherings but increasing the need for services non-profits provide, the Women Helping Women Fund and the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery decided not to cancel their fundraisers but instead move them online. Amy Vega, from Vanessa Behan, and Heather Hamlin, executive director at WHWF, discussed their fundraising goals and online event plans at The Spokesman Review’s Northwest Passages book club Monday.

On #GivingTuesdayNow, consider a gift to The Spokesman-Review

UPDATED: Tue., May 5, 2020

The Spokesman-Review has so far avoided reducing staff or cutting hours as a result of COVID-19, but in order to continue providing our readers with a full array of local news and features, we need your help. So on #GivingTuesdayNow, we’re asking for your assistance.

Northwest Passages to host local college presidents for pandemic roundtable

UPDATED: Mon., May 4, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has put extraordinary pressure on universities already wrestling with enrollment, keeping up with technology and budgets. Hear what local college presidents are doing.

Locally Writ: Local bookstores step up with curbside pick-up

UPDATED: Mon., April 27, 2020

Worried about running out of books to read? You’re in luck. Althought they are still closed to the public, local stores are now offering curbside pick-up services.

Noé Alvarez’s ‘Spirit Run’: Running thousands of miles to connect with his heritage

As a teenager, Noé Alvarez worked the day shift with his mother at a massive fruit production and distribution center that confined “migrant labor inside, as prisons might,” he writes in his new memoir, “Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Land.”

Rob Curley: Join Northwest Passages for sit-downs, interviews and entertainment, all from your home

Today is the day we’re beginning the virtual version of our Northwest Passages book club and community forums. Though we’re starting with more of the forum part than the book part.

Rob Curley: Northwest Passages Book Club helps us connect with Storytime from the Tower and virtual community forums

UPDATED: Sun., March 29, 2020

Northwest Passages Book Club events will resume, via streaming, plus ‘Storytime from the Tower’ for children.

Local young adult author Chris Crutcher plans to ‘visit’ online classes

Local young adult author Chris Crutcher reached out to teachers on Facebook on Wednesday morning offering to “visit” their newly online classes.

More to know about ‘Eden Mine’ author S.M. Hulse

UPDATED: Sun., March 15, 2020

S.M. Hulse was raised and educated in Spokane. The author of “Eden Mind” took art classes to better help understand her main character, a painter named Jo Faber.

Excerpt from S.M. Hulse’s “Eden Mine”

UPDATED: Sat., March 14, 2020

Author S.M. Hulse will join the Northwest Passages Book Club at a later date to discuss “Eden Mine.” Fascinated by the lesser reported ramifications of terror acts, her latest book, “Eden Mine,” explores the social and emotional impact of loving a family member even when they’ve done something unforgivable.

Characters, place develop over time for local author Sarah Hulse

UPDATED: Sun., March 1, 2020

For author Sarah Hulse, writing has been a beloved and lifelong pursuit. Fascinated by the lesser-reported ramifications of terror acts, her latest book, “Eden Mine,” explores the social and emotional impact of loving a family member even when they’ve done something unforgivable.

Authors make the case for romance at Northwest Passages Book Club

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Romance fiction authors Asa Bradley, Katee Robert, Rebecca Zanetti, and Lucy Gilmore discussed everything from odd fan interactions and the biggest misconceptions about the genre to their individual inspirations and nailing down how to write the perfect romance scene at last night’s Northwest Passages Galentine’s Day event.

Rob Curley: Romance authors featured at Monday’s Northwest Passages event have sold millions of books

Asa Maria Bradley, Katee Robert, Rebecca Zanetti and Lucy Gilmore will speak to the Northwest Passages book club on Monday.

Northwest Passages: Romance is alive and well in the Pacific NW

Romance isn’t dead. Not by a long shot. There’s a universe of love stories out there, and this area is home to four authors who are well-known writers in the romance genre.

Writing gives physics professor Asa Maria Bradley a romantic angle

After studying, working in and teaching physics for her entire career, it wasn’t until author Asa Maria Bradley moved to Washington and joined a local writer’s group that she considered writing a full-length novel. After experimenting with writing in different genres, Bradley finally turned to her Swedish roots and began work on her Viking Warriors series.

‘American Dirt’ book tour canceled, including Spokane stop, in wake of controversy and threats

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Citing security concerns, publisher cancels national book tour for controversial novel.

Oprah is in – so is Northwest Passages: Jeanine Cummins (‘American Dirt’) headlines S-R book club on March 12 at the Bing

“American Dirt,” the novel by upcoming Northwest Passages Book Club author Jeanine Cummins, has received the stamp of approval from another book club – Oprah Winfrey’s coveted ranks.

Northwest Passages lineup for 2020 … so far

After a bang-up end to 2019, with a fall slate that included Timothy Egan, Tom Mueller, Rene Denfeld and Ben Goldfarb, the Northwest Passages Book Club has taken a well-deserved rest. The rest time is over. The Spokesman-Review’s book club and community forum will ramp up toward a full spring beginning this month. Included is an event featuring one of the most-anticipated books of 2020.