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At Northwest Passages Book Club, chef and essayist Kate Lebo says ‘difficulty as a metaphor’ shaped ‘The Book of Difficult Fruit’

UPDATED: Wed., June 9, 2021

Beginning with the Aronia berry and ending with zucchini, local author and poet Kate Lebo’s “The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender and Unruly” is an alphabetical collection of memoirs and recipes taken from Lebo’s life.
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Bearing ‘Fruit’: Kate Lebo discusses her part memoir, part A-to-Z cookbook

Kate Lebo’s lyrical and literary "Book of Difficult Fruit" – part memoir, part cookbook – was published on April 6. The compilation of essays uses different fruits as key ingredients for recipes and storytelling.

Secretary of Health lays out what’s ahead for the pandemic in Northwest Passages forum

UPDATED: Thu., June 3, 2021

State Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah anticipates the need for booster vaccine shots in the future.
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Kate Lebo’s ‘Book of Difficult Fruit’ invites readers to make their own discoveries

The 26 lyrical essays in this exceptional compendium of lesser-known or forgotten fruits, one for each letter, explore culinary, cosmetic, cultural, natural, medicinal and the author’s own often deeply personal history.
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Family Fun: Jennifer Longo offers readers glimpse of life for teen in foster care

One of the things that Jennifer Longo wants you to know about kids in foster care is it's not their fault. They're not bad kids; it's the adults around them who've failed. Another thing: You should listen to them.
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Jennifer Longo fosters sense of home in YA novel ‘What I Carry’

In Jennifer Longo’s “What I Carry,” Muiriel (yes, like John Muir, the naturalist) is an expert at packing. After 17 years and 20 placements, she is ready to leave the foster system, no strings attached.
A&E >  Entertainment

‘My roots are deep here’: South Hill rocker Myles Kennedy releases second solo album ‘The Ides of March’

UPDATED: Fri., May 14, 2021

South Hill's Myles Kennedy chats about his new solo album, "The Ides of March." The singer-songwriter, who also fronts Alter Bridge, discusses what it was like to spend the majority of his time in Spokane last year, as well.
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Maggie Shipstead’s ‘Great Circle’ intertwines lives of female pilot, Hollywood actress 70 years apart

Marian Graves is a girl who wants to be a pilot in the early 20th century, a time when women couldn’t even vote much less work in paying jobs where they defied gravity and risked crashing into mountains.
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‘Support in unlikely places’: Spokane born and raised author Eileen Garvin discusses the novel bringing her national acclaim

UPDATED: Wed., May 5, 2021

For Eileen Garvin, “The Music of Bees” was the ultimate distraction from COVID-19 during the first weeks of staying home for the pandemic. A year later, the book had her beamed across televisions in America.
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Blaine Harden’s ‘Murder at the Mission’ is history revealed, not revisionist history

For years, the story of how Washington and the Pacific Northwest became part of the U.S., taught to school children, college students and passed through generations, was a lie.
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Locally Writ: Eileen Garvin’s debut novel ‘The Music of Bees’ began with a dog and a mohawk

Born and raised in Spokane, author Eileen Garvin was drawn to writing at an early age. “But I spent a long time afraid to jump in,” Garvin said, explaining how she spent years working “on the periphery” of writing.
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Northwest Passages Book Club features Sabina Khan, Mandy Manning discussing immigration, importance of diversity

UPDATED: Wed., April 21, 2021

Young adult fiction author Sabina Khan discussed her novel, “Zara Hossain Is Here,” in a virtual gathering of the Northwest Passages Book Club hosted by Mandy Manning, Washington's 2018 National Teacher of the Year.
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Locally Writ: Sabina Khan’s ‘Zara Hossain Is Here’ features Muslim LGBTQ+ teen heroine

UPDATED: Tue., April 20, 2021

Young adult fiction author Sabina Khan will discuss her novel, “Zara Hossein Is Here,” in a virtual gathering of the Northwest Passages Book Club hosted by Mandy Manning at 7 p.m. Monday.
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‘I’m still at it’: Author Paul Theroux talks Hunter S. Thompson and ‘Under the Wave at Waimea’ for Northwest Passages Book Club

UPDATED: Fri., April 16, 2021

American travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux joined a virtual gathering of the Northwest Passages Book Club to discuss his career and his novel, “Under the Wave at Waimea,” at 7 p.m. Thursday.
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Riding the wave: Paul Theroux’s ‘Under the Wave at Waimea’ details fictional fast life of Tom Brady of surfing

UPDATED: Thu., April 15, 2021

He’s “Da Shark.” In the world of surfing, he’s the Dude. He’s a Triple Crown Winner, master of the giant waves, a death-defying monk seal of a man. He is the Tom Brady of surfing, LeBron of the bomb.
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Martha Hall Kelly to discuss new book ‘Sunflower Sisters’ with Northwest Passages Book Club

Author Martha Hall Kelly will join Northwest Passages Book Club virtually to discuss her latest historical fiction novel, “Sunflower Sisters,” with Kristi Burns at 5 p.m. Friday.
News >  Features

Adrienne Kisner details teen drama, ‘Mythic Pennsylvania,’ ‘Six Angry Girls’ tidbits in NWP Book Club talk

UPDATED: Fri., March 19, 2021

Author Adrienne Kisner joined a virtual gathering of the Northwest Passages Book Club to discuss her novel, “Six Angry Girls,” with Kristi Burns of the Spokesman-Review Thursday.
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Northwest Passages Book Club features YA author Adrienne Kisner

After living through her own high school and college years and then working with college and high school students even longer, author Adrienne Kisner found herself full of material for young-adult fiction.
News >  Spokane

Northwest Passages Book Club: Author Sarah Gailey discusses clone novel ‘The Echo Wife’

UPDATED: Fri., March 5, 2021

Sarah Gailey, author of “The Echo Wife,” joined Northwest Passages Book Club just hours after Deadline announced that Annapurna Productions had successfully optioned the book for film adaptation.
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Sarah Gailey’s ‘The Echo Wife’ echoes ‘Frankenstein,’ ‘The Stepford Wives’

Most people have joked or fanaticized about being able to clone themselves. Oh, how much they could get done by being able to be two places at once. Sarah Gailey brings that fantasy to life with one bizarre twist.