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‘The Butterfly Girl’ by Rene Denfeld: What the critics are saying

Denfeld is bringing her tour in support of “The Butterfly Girl” to Spokane on Oct. 23 for an evening with the Northwest Passages Book Club.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 3, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Timothy Egan comes home to share ‘A Pilgrimage to Eternity’ with Northwest Passages Book Club

Seattle writer Timothy Egan, the National Book Award-winning author of “The Worst Hard Times,” as well as “The Big Burn” about the Great Fire of 1910, is coming to his …


Tom Mueller discusses uncannily timed book on whistleblowers ahead of Northwest Passages event

Considering all that has happened in the last few weeks, it’s remarkable that author Tom Mueller spent nearly seven years working on his latest book – “Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing …


Rob Curley: Author Tom Mueller, who has Spokane roots, explains America’s ‘Crisis of Conscience’

Sometimes things are just meant to be. Like when you work for seven years researching and writing a book that takes a massive deep dive into the complicated and often …


Life as a homeless teen inspires ‘The Butterfly Girl’

Rene Denfeld’s new novel “The Butterfly Girl” is a heartbreaking story of children living on the streets of Portland who face some of the worst kinds of predatory crimes, including …


Rob Curley: These women are the inspiration we all need right now

It wasn’t an R or a D moment. It had nothing to with a political party. It was about a promise to a daughter, one who as a little girl …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 10:11 p.m.

Spokane-based environmental writer discusses beaver book with Northwest Passages crowd

A crowd filled the Montvale Event Center in downtown Spokane to hear Ben Goldfarb speak about his book “Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter.”


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 9:41 a.m.

Beavers in Washington: a “sizzling hotbed of castor relocation”

More than a decade ago, before a water-loving rodent with a penchant for gnawing on trees became the


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 15, 2019, 1:33 p.m.

Northwest Passages: Ben Goldfarb will discuss ‘Eager: The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter” on Wednesday

The Spokesman-Review Outdoors editor Eli Francovich will lead the conversation with Ben Goldfarb at the Northwest Passages Book Club on Wednesday. Here are five things to know about Goldfarb and …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 10:27 p.m.

Northwest Passages, S-R host readings, conversations, demonstrations at Interstate Fair stage

The Spokesman-Review and the Northwest Passages Book Club will host, for the second year in a row, a series of readings, conversations, tutorials and demonstrations with everyone from country music …


Author Ben Goldfarb brings his message of beaver admiration to Northwest Passages stage

Ben Goldfarb will discuss his PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award-winning book “Eager: The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter” with the Northwest Passages Book Club on …


Rob Curley: Some things age well, like Chris Crutcher’s writing

There’s a certain point in your life – let’s call it sometime in your mid-40s – when you realize some of the things you loved when you were younger haven’t …


Northwest Passages Book Club celebrates Summer Stories with event Wednesday

When The Spokesman- Review began the Summer Stories series in 2014, the idea was to celebrate Spokane-area authors and give readers some new and interesting things to read in the …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 10:27 a.m.

‘Non Sequitur’ cartoonist apologizes for mistake as comic strip returns to publication

Wiley Miller, the cartoonist behind the popular “Non Sequitur,” told an audience for the first time Monday that he almost lost his livelihood and marriage after he scrawled a vulgar …


Rob Curley: Non Sequitur creator, who went too far and lost a lot, will return to The Spokesman with a special Spokane strip

Non Sequitur was one of the most-read comics in the United States until its creator snuck an anti-Trump message into a strip and hundreds of newspaper canceled it. Slowly, some …


UPDATED: Sat., July 20, 2019, 5:12 p.m.

Northwest Passages Book Club: Wiley Miller of Non Sequitur, Summer Series authors and Ben Goldfarb’s ‘Eager’ beavers

Readers voted, and Non Sequitur is returning to The Spokesman-Review, with the added bonus of Northwest Passages Book Club hosting Miller on Aug. 5 at the Bing Crosby Theater.


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 6:57 p.m.

2019 Crave: Anita Lo on ‘Solo,’ #MeToo and Doritos

2019 Crave Food and Drink Celebration Main Stage headliner Anita M. Lo was the first female guest chef to cook for a White House State dinner, and her “Solo: A …


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 10:38 p.m.

Former Gonzaga basketball standouts at Legends event recall rabid Bulldogs fans

Steven Gray was one of four former Zags participating in Gonzaga Legends, a panel part of The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club series.


Steven Gray keeps eye on NBA Finals, Gonzaga’s program while playing professionally overseas

When the former Zags’ standout takes the stage on Thursday for Gonzaga Legends, he’ll have plenty of things to talk about from his days at GU; among them, having to …


Rob Curley: Before we tell you if ‘Non Sequitur’ is coming back, you have to read this column. And boy oh boy, do we have a surprise …

We asked readers if they wanted to forgive the creator of the “Non Sequitur” cartoon for


NW Passages: Five things to know about Peter Heller

Peter Heller will be in Spokane on Tuesday for an evening discussion with the Northwest Passages Book Club. The acclaimed writer of books such as “Kook,” “The Dog Stars” and …


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019, 9:27 p.m.

Gonzaga Legends: Kelly Olynyk happy to take a break from South Beach for a trip back to Spokane, Hoopfest

The Miami Heat forward has tried illustrating the world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament to some of his less-familiar NBA teammates, but he insists it’s something they’d appreciate with their own …


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 7:08 p.m.

Gonzaga Legends: Heather Bowman has plenty of competitive fire remaining nearly a decade after her final time in a Bulldogs’ jersey

The former GU star can see the Kennel from her office just off Division Street, and she’s always welcome to join the current Zags for a practice.


From Odd Fellows to Montvale: New event center will be home to NW Passages gatherings

The Odd Fellows hall in downtown Spokane on West First Avenue has been revamped as the Montvale Event Center. The Northwest Passages Book Club is among the groups hosting events …


Reading the Northwest: Peter Heller’s ‘The River’ carries the reader on a swift current of adventure

The author will discuss his latest novel in a gathering of the Northwest Passages Book Club on June 25 at the Bing Crosby Theater.


Nicole Chung finds new territory in adoption stories told through her own eyes as the adoptee

Nicole Chung asked her adoptive mother an important question when she was a child: “Mama, am I real Korean?”


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 8:34 p.m.

NW Passages: Five things to know about author Nicole Chung

Chung will be in Spokane on Tuesday to talk about her book and interracial adoption during a gathering of the Northwest Passages Book Club.


Nicole Chung’s enlightening story on adoption takes center stage Tuesday with Northwest Passages at Bing

Every child wants to know where he or she belongs and it is a very different thing to feel like you belong when you don’t look like the rest of …


UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019, 2:19 p.m.

Former Seahawks star Curt Warner and wife share story of family’s love, and resilience raising autistic sons

Former Seahawks player Curt Warner and his wife Ana shared the story of their family’s love, faith and resilence while raising a family of four children, two of which are …


Further Review: Autism Spectrum Disorder

More than 3.5 million Americans live with autism spectrum disorder — a developmental disability that has no blood test, no illness-causing virus, and no cure. Why are so many children …