Archive for October, 2009

Nancy has been a good friend to us since we moved here, and an even bigger part of the Teton Valley community since she moved here!  I’m thrilled she’s speaking at Great Women of Teton Valley this Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, starting at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis of the Tetons Episcopal Church in Alta. It’s free, non-denominational and a chance to be inspired by one among us…..



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You may have seen this poster around town (or on the Dark Horse Books counter) but we wanted to remind you that everyone is invited this weekend to see a free preview of a new Idaho Public Television OUTDOOR IDAHO production.

The public event includes the preview screening of “Yellowstone’s Cascade Corner,” refreshments and a reception with IdahoPTV staff members. It begins at 5 p.m. this Sunday (November 1) at the Senior Center in Driggs.  

The program explores the lush southwestern corner of the park that extends from Wyoming into Idaho. Many of the park’s 50 waterfalls drop dramatically within these 200 square miles amid huge meadows, twisting canyons and pine forests. As most of the inspiring torrents in the aptly named Cascade Corner can only be reached by foot or on horseback,  visitors are few and natural beauty and wonders are plentiful. 

The show also offers views of some of the famous highlights in other parts of Yellowstone, the nation’s oldest national park. 

Although the poster suggests RSVP-ing, all are welcome to attend, even if you haven’t called to reserve space.  See you there!

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Just to alert you — this morning I received an e-mail supposedly from our friend Sue Heffron. It even came from HER e-mail address — but it said she was stranded in London and needed $$$ wired to her. WRONGO!

Sue is NOT in London but I was able to alert her (within a few minutes, Andy opportunely walked by the bookstore.)

She just wrote:  “Yes, My hotmail account was stolen with all my contacts and I can’t even get into it, to let people know. Would you please let local people know that this is a scam and to delete anything from me from that account. I opened a new account…. Please let everyone know that I’m sorry for the inconvenience!”

Done and done…. so don’t send Sue’s imposter any money, let me know if you want her new e-mail address so you can change your address book for her (to be on the safe side, I don’t even want to put THAT here), and just be glad this didn’t happen to you!

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EarlyOct_store_ICA_misc 013… for our special Halloween Week sale, and receive 10% off the most expensive thing you buy!

That’s right — stopping by Dark Horse this week, any time through Saturday, Oct. 31st — dressed in a costume OF ANY SORT will get you a dime off every dollar on the highest-priced item you purchase. It could be a book, piece of jewelry, blown glass, pottery, journal, greeting cards or scarf.

The discount even applies to our already inexpensive “bargain books” — and even if you only buy ONE thing (that would make that one item the most expensive you buy, right?)

And only one of your party (i.e., you OR one of your kids) needs to be dressed up to get the deal..**

Your family might be  headed out to trick or treat or to play at one of the school Halloween Carnivals, looking like a pirate or a princess, a lion or a little bear, a skeleton or a skunk, a monster or Miss Piggy.

But we’re making it even easier: even if you’re not actually wearing something identifiable as a costume, all you have to do is STATE YOUR COSTUME to claim the discount.

In other words, if you’re a ragamuffin teenager, you might come in and say you’re dressed up as a skateboarder; in overalls, you’re Farmer Brown; in a cowboy hat, you’re Marshall Dillon;  in a tie or a dress (because who wears those in Driggs?) — you’re an FBI guy or Judge Judy!  And I’m going to wear something different every day (after raiding our hat collection and Peter’s wardrobe, I plan on pulling together some very creative looks, worth a laugh if nothing else…..)

Oh, we’ll also have a bowl of real-life goodies on the treat table to share, and a “Halloween 09” sign-in poster to commemorate the fun.

Lastly, you might just have your picture taken, too; the shot above, of our Halloween table (nicely decorated by Lorene) could use some spooky or make-believe characters, don’t you think? And we have MANY fun Halloween titles, everything from It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown to Twilight to Spook to Hunted to the Sookie Stackhouse series.

Hope to see you — “beware or be square,” as they say….

** IMPORTANT FINE PRINT:  The discount is NOT cumulative (i.e., books already marked 50% off are still only 50% off, book club books are still only 10% off, etc.). And the 10% off deal does NOT apply to the few paintings we have for sale…. but have you ever seen original artwork, by Teton Valley artists Guy Loomis, Sue Tyler and even my mother-in-law Rusty Anderson, so frightfully reasonably priced already?!

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My sister Judy Uphoff was quite impressed when she heard about Teton Valley’s “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event this May (it was a fundraiser for Family Safety Network here in Driggs) and carried the idea home to Cheyenne.

To celebrate October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Safehouse Services is holding their own awareness walk — and it happens this week, Wednesday, October 28th at 4pm, at Holliday Park.

Judy’s connected to this because of various friends’ connections on the board, and they supplied me with this poster. Gotta love it!

Besides these governmental leaders — and isn’t it great that the Governor is part of the effort!? — a 30-member military team from Warren Air Force Base is participating. I also heard that someone who needs a size 15 shoe has to wear something smaller…. too bad Tony Liford’s red stilettos were broken during our event here this spring!


PS. If you’d like to see photos of the Teton Valley event — with a huge CONGRATS to Susie Fenger and crew at Family Safety Network — I posted a couple of them both here on the Dark Horse Books blog (see the post called “Thanks for Walking”) and on my personal FaceBook page…. FB members, the easiest way to find it is to search for Dark Horse Books, then choose my name as administrator of the DHB FB page (it’s on the lower left side) — then go to page 4 of my photo albums and select the one called  “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”.  (Lastly, friend me!)

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One more note on this gray morning:  I’m traveling across the state later today, for a writing workshop tomorrow presented by author Teresa Jordan (Riding the White Horse Home, Cowgirls) as part of the American Folklore Society’s annual conference being held in Boise.

Then on Thursday, I’ll be participating in the annual retreat of the Idaho Commission on the Arts — the first meeting in my third term of service to the ICA, a role I am extremely honored to fill.

Liz Alva Rosa, just back from a quick trip with her children to see her father in Portugal, will be holding down the fort at Dark Horse Books for the next couple of days.

Pop on by and say hello and check out the HUGE assortment of Halloween things we have in! Also, there’s still plenty of bargain books to check out, and at super $$-saving prices.

I never mind being gone with such good help.

Liz is a better recommender than I am on many fronts — she’s  super familiar with kids books, parenting titles and just about everything literary, too (she’s even read the entire Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, which definitely qualify as big books — see earlier post from today) — so enjoy having someone else behind the counter!

I’ll see you Friday! — jeanne

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If you have never read a book that could double as a doorstopper, well, this is my two cents this morning — you just might try it!

Starting with Gone With the Wind, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Ben-Hur — the first “big books” I remember reading at a pretty young age –I’ve always loved epic fiction. And that hasn’t changed over the decades; once in a while, only a tome of at least six- or seven-hundred pages will do.  (Thinking back, was I even 13 yet when I devoured those one single summer, all read by flashlight in bed after it was time for lights out in our household? )

I especially relish long books with rich historical detail, like those by Edward Rutherford (The Forest, Sarum, London, Russka), the Herman Wouk books about WW2 (Winds of War and War and Remembrance), and Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth (I liked the follow-up World Without End just as much, even though it didn’t earn Oprah’s seal of approval). Although I don’t remember ever actually FINISHING  War and Peace, American classics like Sacajawea, Lonesome Dove and Roots remain favorites, too.  

Margaret George has contributed her share to the big book scene (Memoirs of Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, The Autobiography of Henry VII, etc), and though I haven’t tackled it yet, Shantaram comes highly recommended by DHB staffers Lorene Bagley-Kane and Danielia Kotler. And of course the last Harry Potter books certainly qualify in length and complexity of story.

I just finished No Angel by Penny Vincenzi, a recommend by a customer about a patrician British family prominent in publishing which starts pre-World War One. This one weighs in at more than a pound and a half (and that’s in paperback!)  Now I’m fully into Something Dangerous, the second book of the Lytton Family Trilogy, another big book which brings the Jazz Era of the 1920s to life and  proceeds into WW2.  I’m holding off ordering Into Temptation, the third one, at least for a couple of weeks, as I might need to squeeze in some other (shorter!) books in the meantime…

What’s your favorite big book?  Let us know so we can make sure it’s on our shelves.

If you don’t have one, and if you’re looking for something new and hearty, don’t be  intimidated by poundage. Give such a book a chance, and I think you’d find yourself all wrapped up in some interesting storyline quicker than you can say “What page are you on???”

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