Northwest Passages Presents: "Fancy Dancer and the Seven Drums" by John Roskelley

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 - 7:00pm

Auntie's Bookstore is pleased to announce a Northwest Passages event John Roskelley. He will be discussing his new book, Fancy Dancer and the Seven Drums with Shawn Vestal on Wednesday, March 1st at 7pm at The Central Library (904 W Main Ave) in the nxʷyxʷyetkʷ Hall (3rd Floor). Doors open at 6:30pm.

Auntie's will be there with copies of Fancy Dancer and the Seven Drums for purchase.


Free General Admission, suggested Donation of $7 per ticket. Seating will be limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.
VIP tickets are $25 and include an autographed copy of Fancy Dancer, reserved premium seating, one drink ticket, and a reception at the top of The Spokesman-Review Tower with the author ahead of the event starting at 5:30pm.

Tickets can be purchased online at

About Fancy Dancer and the Seven Drums

A nine-year-old Nez Perce Fancy Shawl pow wow dancer, Beth Louie, is killed on the reservation by a hit-and-run drunk driver while walking home from the bus stop with her younger brother. Tire marks and boot tracks on the remote gravel road suggest to a Colville tribal member Ben Moses and his grandson, Alex, who find the two children, that the driver of a pick-up truck tampered with the scene and evidence, and hid the body. Tribal law enforcement and the FBI are stymied, but evidence points to a white cattle rancher from Omak as the prime suspect. In the prejudicial environment of the 1950s, will an all-white Spokane jury convict and send the killer to jail?


About John Roskelley

Author and photographer John Roskelley is a dabbler in everything outdoors. If he’s not dodging rocks on some alpine face in Canada or scratching his way up a frozen WI6 waterfall, John can be found paddling the Columbia River from source to mouth.  John admits adventuring flows in his blood. In his first half-century, John fought his way to the summit of four 8,000-meter peaks, including K2 and Everest, plus a plethora of devilishly hard unclimbed Himalayan and Karakorum faces and ridges. A graduate of Washington State University in geology, John has written three first person adventure books; a paddler’s guidebook to the entire 1,200 miles of the Columbia River; and edited, organized, and published his deceased father’s biography. His photography has been on the covers of National Geographic, books, posters, and other notable national magazines. John received the International Piolets d’Or Walter Bonatti Lifetime Achievement award in 2014 and is an honorary member of the Alpine Club of Great Britain, the Mountaineers, the Mazamas, and the American Alpine Club. John and his wife, Joyce, have been married 50 years and have three great kids.

About Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal’s debut novel, Daredevils, was published in spring 2016 by Penguin Press. His collection of short stories, Godforsaken Idaho, published by New Harvest in April 2013, was named the winner of the PEN/​Robert W. Bingham Prize, which honors a debut book that “represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.” He also published A.K.A. Charles Abbott, a short memoir, as a Kindle Single in October 2013. His stories have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney’s, Ecotone, The Southern Review, Cutbank, Sou’wester, Florida Review and other journals. He writes a column for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane,Wash., and teaches in the MFA program at Eastern Washington University.

Godforsaken Idaho was also longlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing and was named an outstanding collection by The Story Prize.

Event address: 
Central Library Downtown
906 W Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201