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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.
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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.
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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.
News >  Spokane

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.
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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.
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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.
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‘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.
News >  Spokane

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.
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‘American Dirt” offers a thrilling adrenaline rush and insights into the Latin American migrant experience

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

At a bank in the border town of Nogales, a Mexican woman named Lydia attempts to withdraw cash from her dead mother’s account. She needs $11,000 to pay a smuggler to lead her and her 9-year-old son into the United States. But when the bank manager asks for documentation, Lydia can’t supply any. Less than two weeks earlier, her mother, her husband and the rest of her family were murdered at an afternoon barbecue. Lydia and her son, Luca, have since then been on the run. Up to this point, two-thirds of the way through Jeanine Cummins’ thrilling and devastating “American Dirt,” I’d devoured the novel in a dry-eyed adrenalin rush. Lydia, Luca and the teenage Honduran sisters they’re traveling with – who are fleeing gang violence – leap on top of freight trains. They endure kidnapping, rape and the constant threat of death. “If there’s one good thing about terror,” Lydia thinks wryly, “it’s that it’s more immediate than grief.”

Northwest Passages lines up calendar: Romance and new releases coming up for The S-R book club

After taking January off, Northwest Passages is ready to start tackling this year’s reading list. New novels, romance, running, they’re all on the schedule. In fact, some of it’s so new, you can’t buy it yet (but Auntie’s Bookstore can help you with preorders).
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It’s a book club, right? Northwest Passages 2019 in review

Reading is a cornerstone of conversation, and we like to talk at The Spokesman-Review. What newspaper doesn’t like a good story?
News >  Spokane

Author tells how she went from zookeeping with a notebook to successful self-publisher

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Olivia Hawker is the author of “One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow.” It’s also the pen name for San Juan Island writer Libbie Grant, who has also written historical fiction about ancient Egypt under the name Libbie Hawker. She was in Spokane Tuesday for a gathering of the Northwest Passages Book Club.
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Help Northwest Passages turn #GivingTuesday into #GivingNewsDay

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

You can help The Spokesman-Review reach our fundraising goal with a donation to the Community Journalism and Civic Engagement Fund through the Innovia Foundation. Donations will help bring two government reporters to our newsroom to report on state and federal issues.

Keeping the names straight: Northwest Passages hosting author Olivia Hawker, Libbie Hawker, L.M. Ironside and Libbie Grant all in one night

Northwest Passages welcomes Olivia Hawker on Dec. 3. She’s the author of “One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow.”
News >  Spokane

Former tech executive, ‘Marketplace’ host help celebrate Inland Northwest Women of the Year

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

The Spokesman-Review’s Inland Northwest Women of the Year were celebrated Thursday night at an event featuring former executive Karen Wickre and former “Marketplace” host Tess Vigeland.
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Best and brightest: Spokane-area women, past and present, blaze trails

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Earlier this fall, The Spokesman-Review honored 15 women for the work they have done to improve the quality of life in the Inland Northwest. (Revisit those stories at On Thursday night at the Bing Crosby Theater, we’ll give these fine community members a proper shoutout during a special Women of the Year event with the Northwest Passages Book Club. Joining us will be two impressive women who talk about “Making Life Work on Your Terms.” Karen Wickre is a former executive at Google and Twitter, and Tess Vigeland is a former reporter and host for the public radio business magazine “Marketplace.” Joining them onstage to moderate the conversation will be Mary Cullinan, president of Eastern Washington University.
News >  Spokane

Local impressions: Artist Chris Bovey explains connection between city, art in Northwest Passages event

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Each person sees Spokane a little bit differently, but a lot of people like how Chris Bovey sees it.