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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).

Here’s a look at what’s coming up for the book club:

Galentine’s Day

In February, Northwest Passages will get between the pages of a romance panel of four bestselling authors who span the romance genre from puppy love to paranormal, and they are all from Spokane:

Asa Maria Bradley, by day a college physics professor, started writing her sexy modern-day “Viking Warriors” paranormal romance series in 2015.

Lucy Gilmore might seem like a relative newcomer to the genre, as she started writing her “Puppy Love” series in 2019, but she has written other romance titles under the name Tamara Morgan since 2012.

Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author in the contemporary romance genre with the tagline “Seduction, Mischief and Murder.”

Rebecca Zanetti writes paranormal and suspenseful romances with more than 25 books about vampires, cowboys and soldiers that have also earned her spots on New York Times and USA Today bestselling book lists.

If you go: 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Montvale Event Center, 1019 W. First Ave. The VIP Galentine experience is $20, which includes reserved front row seating, a reception with authors, a glass of wine and special Galentine Day Chocolate. Auntie’s will be on hand with a selection of titles from all the authors. General admission is $6.

‘American Dirt’

“American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins is one of the most anticipated releases of 2020. The book tells the story of a mother and son’s harrowing journey as migrants crossing the border from Mexico to the United States after their family was killed by a drug cartel.

The book is out this week, and Cummins will be at the Bing Crosby Theater on March 12. Cummins is known for her intricate stories of characters who survive tragic circumstances.

Her debut book was “A Rip in Heaven,” a memoir of her experiences as a 16-year-old after her family experienced a heartbreaking crime. She’s also published the novels “The Outside Boy” and “The Crooked Branch.”

If you go: 7 p.m. March 12 at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. VIP tickets are $50 and include a copy of the book, reserved seat and a glass of wine at a reception at Ovations with the author. General admission is $6.

‘Eden Mine’

When S.M. Hulse, author of “Black River,” participated in Summer Stories last August, she let slip that her new novel, “Eden Mine,” was due to debut in late February.

Set in a small Montana town, the novel shows how faith prevails when violence literally tears apart the community and a siblings’ bond. On March 18, Northwest Passages will host Hulse at the Montvale Event Center.

If you go: 7 p.m. March 18 at the Montvale Event Center, 1019 W. First Ave. VIP tickets are $45 and include a copy of the book, a reserved seat and a glass of wine at a reception. General admission is $6.

‘Spirit Run’

Hold the date of April 30. Northwest Passages will be hosting a discussion with Noé Álvarez about his debut memoir, “Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Land,” set to be released in March. Álvarez was born to Mexican immigrant parents and raised working-class in Yakima.

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