Alene Breckenridge is a Teton Valleyite extraordinaire, and I’m looking forward to hearing her speak next week. (Besides what’s listed on this flyer, those with a good eye in books will also recognize her as the only woman used as a model in the illustrations by Dan Burr in Pirates.) See you there….
Archive for September, 2009
Kim Trotter popped by yesterday and told me about this cool Trout Unlimited event this Sunday, all about the Teton Dam (which flooded in 1976) and that some folks are talking about trying to rebuild…. the short film features commentary from a number of locals and a lot of background info — defnitely worth checking out!
I always love it when I see something that talks about the fact that in spite of all our technological ways to gather information, people still like to READ, and that independent bookstores around the country are still thriving.
Thanks to Bob Heneage, who gave me a copy of a recent issue of The Economist magazine, which discussed “the rising vogue for shopping near home” and the tale of two bookstores in Austin, Texas, BookPeople and Waterloo Records, who successfully fought against the city subsizding a new Borders which would have been located directly across the street from the existing stores. The two competitiors called in a consulting firm (Civic Economics) to show that more of the money spent at their stores stayed in Austin. This piece is worth reading (click here for the on-line version.)
If the concept sounds familiar, it’s similar to what the folks at the 3/50 Project have found out, and that we practice when we recommend that shoppers at Dark Horse also head over to Habitat, Guchiebird’s, Yostmark, Big Hole Music, the Wardrobe, Corner Drug, MagPie, Mountain Knits, Peaked Sports, and all over our favorite local restaurants.
In another encouraging article Peter spotted for me, Newsweek magazine recently had a list of “25 Things You Need to Know Now” — number two on the list is the fact that “Books aren’t dead” which details two things: that the number of books in print is up (it’s risen 38 percent each of the last two years in comparison to the previous year) and that a number of major universities (i.e., University of Michigan, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania) are all selling publishing rights to the contents of their own libraries. (Most will be available “on-demand” and yes, some of them may even be in digital format.) It concludes: “Publishing’s obituary may be, much like Mark Twain’s, premature.” You can read the full piece by clicking here.
Lastly, someone asked me yesterday why we didn’t have a link to the New York Times Sunday Book Review on the Dark Horse Books blog – so, this seemed like a good time to post it as well. Click here to read the most recent reviews (or to find an archived review.)
Happy reading! See you at the store soon — and do call if you want us to save a seat for Saturday’s event with Leland and Lynna Howard.
Patrick Gallagher — to many, he was THE Subaru superstar in these parts; to others a colorful character rich in cosmic karma and Valley cultural history; to all, a man who lived to the end with courage and as big a smile as he could produce as colon cancer took its toll.
All those who knew, loved and appreciated Patrick are encouraged to attend a “Gathering of Friends” in his honor this Saturday, Sept. 12.
The potluck will start at 4 p.m. at Patrick’s shop (Sue’s Roos) south of Driggs (west off the highway in the West Rocky Road Industrial Park) with live music provided by his many friends expected later in the evening.
A memorial fund called “Friends of Patrick” has been set-up at the Bank of Commerce in Driggs; he would have turned 50 in about a month.
For more information about Patrick’s journey, go to www.caringbridge.org and enter his website (patrickgallagher); it notes that he “left the world at 8:30 p.m. (Saturday) at peace and surrounded by friends,” including Carol Taylor, who reported all this to Lisa Wagener, who asked me to help spread the word….
It is so sad to once again lose a friend to cancer. My only hope is that Patrick knew how much we all cared (and NOT just because he fixed everyone’s cars!) Could it have only been about a year ago when we partied at his shop to raise money for his medical bills? If CeeTee says he went “very peacefully,” though, we can only let him go with grace and say goodbye with a celebration to suit his style.
A quick reminder — Storytime takes place this Saturday, Sept. 5th, at 11 a.m. We’re only going to do ONE book — Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak — but that should be plenty as we are ALL going to “act out” the story. (And there might be a surprise or two in store.! Everybody plan to play each of the characters and each of the scenes in this perennial favorite. (And remember, all kids and parenting titles — everything in the yellow room — is 10% off all day. And all month we’re doing 10% off autographed titles. )
See you here!
This week’s edition of Valley Citizen will include an article about my decision to actively seek a buyer for Dark Horse Books, sometime between now and when our lease is up at the end of the next January. Within a few weeks of first telling anyone (the ladies in the Book Club), we had attracted two promising prospective buyers, and a third has joined their ranks since. (And the pool might widen after this week’s coverage?)
As you might guess, this is not something arrived upon lightly – but I have come to it clean and clear in mind and heart.
I feel strongly that a new owner can provide some fresh ideas and fresh energy — allowing the bookstore to carry on as the cultural hub of the community. A common thread binds those interested in the purchase — so far they are all community-minded, smart, passionate about reading, and enthusiastic about the place and its possibilities!
And I’m looking forward to see what the next chapter of my life will hold…. writing and editing, volunteering, artwork, more time for friends and family — a chance to hike and be in the great outdoors more often, maybe even go out to lunch and hopefully be creative in many new ways. Peter supports this move 100%.
I have been trying to tell you all in person and face-to-face, but of course, I have not been able to do so with everyone. Thus, I wanted to post this note here on the blog prior to Hope’s story appearing…..
I promise to keep you informed as we all move into this exciting transition! Meanwhile, the store remains open, well-stocked, with some great events planned and plenty of good things to come — stop on by!