Northwest Passages Presents: "Sleeping Giants" by Rene Denfeld

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 - 7:00pm

This is a Northwest Passages event with Rene Denfeld for her latest book, Sleeping Giants.

Tuesday, April 2nd at 7pm at The Steam Plant Rooftop - 3rd floor
(159 S Lincoln Street). 

Auntie's will be there with copies of Sleeping Giants for purchase.


General Admission tickets are $7. Seating will be limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors open for general admission at 6:30pm.

VIP Admission tickets are $40. This includes 1 ticket, 1 autographed copy of Sleeping Giants, a beverage token, reserved seating, and a reception with the author at 6:00pm.

2 VIP Admission tickets are $45. This includes 2 tickets, 1 autographed copy of Sleeping Giants, 2 beverage tokens, reserved seating, and a reception with the author at 6:00pm.

Students from any school are admitted free of charge (college, high school, or elementary)

Tickets can be purchased online at spokane7tickets. All ticket sales are final.


About the book

From the bestselling author of The Child Finder and The Enchanted, a compelling and poignant story of sibling bonds, monsters masquerading as caretakers, terrifying secrets, and the power of love to right even the most egregious wrongs.

Twenty years ago, a nine-year-old boy was swept away by powerful waves on a remote Oregon beach, his body lost to the sea. Only a stone memorial remains to mark his tragic death.

For most of her life, Amanda Dufresne had no idea she had an older brother named Dennis Owens, or that he had died. Adopted as a baby, she learned about him while looking into her late birth mother, and is curious to know more about this lost sibling. A solitary young woman, Amanda has always felt distanced from the world around her. Her brain works differently from others, leaving her feeling set apart. Her one true companion is the orphaned polar bear she cares for working at the zoo. By getting to know her birth family, she hopes to understand more about herself. 

Retired police officer Larry Palmer is a widower with nothing but time and in need of a purpose. He offers to help Amanda find answers. The search leads to shocking and heartbreaking discoveries. Dennis Owen had been a forgotten foster child abandoned to a home for disturbed boys off the coast. As Amanda and Larry dig deeper into the past, the two stumble upon decades of cruelty and hidden crimes—including a barbaric treatment still used today.

Told in Rene Denfeld’s inimitable style, Sleeping Giants is an enthralling and heartbreaking novel that burrows deep in the heart and will leave no reader untouched.


About the author

Rene Denfeld is a bestselling author, licensed investigator, and foster mother. She is the author of the novels The Butterfly Girl, The Child Finder and The Enchanted. Her novels have won numerous awards including a French Prix, and The New York Times named her a 2017 hero of the year. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Event address: 
The Steam Plant Rooftop
159 S Lincoln
Spokane, WA 99201
Sleeping Giants: A Novel By Rene Denfeld Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063014732
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - March 26th, 2024

“Rene Denfeld reminds us that storytelling remains one of the most powerful means we have of confronting our darkest human impulses, and sometimes overcoming them.”—Washington Post