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Sundee Frazier tells Northwest Passages audience she hopes to spur race-relations dialogue

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 20, 2021

Sundee Frazier’s was the first Black family to move onto Empire Avenue in Spokane in the 1940s. The award-winning author said she hopes her new historical fiction book, “Mighty Inside,” which is powered by her family’s Spokane stories, helps move the race-relations dialogue.
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‘Mighty Inside’ features brilliant story, great imagery

In the past couple years, there has been a special focus on multicultural and anti-racism literature. Sundee Frazier brings us an incredible novel that you can add to your collection.
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Northwest Passages Book Club: Spokane mountaineer Chris Kopcyznski describes his drive to climb world’s tallest peaks

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 13, 2021

Chris Kopczynski – a mountaineer who has braved the highest peaks on all seven continents over the course of his life – said he was “scared to death” when he printed the first 50 copies of his memoir. “I thought they would sit down in the garage,” he said. They didn’t.
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Sundee Frazier speaks on historic Black family roots in Spokane in historical fiction book ‘Mighty Inside’

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 13, 2021

Family history, personal experiences and a universal coming-of-age theme paint a stunning, realistic picture of racial relations in Spokane in award-winning author Sundee Frazier’s new book “Mighty Inside.”
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Man vs. wild: Author Chris Kopczynski to discuss his ‘Into Thin Hair’ adventures in Northwest Passages Book Club talk Tuesday

For five days last month, Chris Kopczynski and his wife, Michelle Mullin, hiked and boated 46 miles of Oregon’s Rogue River. “That was wild,” the 73-year-old said. And Kopczynski knows wild. As a young man, Kopczynski – known as Kop to many – was one of the world’s preeminent mountaineers.
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Chris Kopczynski’s ‘Into Thin Hair’ is a celebration of survival

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 9, 2021

Chris Kopczynski wanted to be an astronaut but decided to keep his feet firmly beneath him. Instead, he reached as high as he could for the stars, his head above the clouds, without ever leaving the earth. As a child, he climbed higher than any adult would deem safe.
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Sara Pennypacker explores loss, nature in new ‘Pax’ novel

Sara Pennypacker often kept to herself as a child in school, the kid who opted to read quietly and kept a bright blue notebook with her so she could craft written stories. Once for a class assignment, she submitted one of those stories to her teacher.
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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.
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‘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.