Archive for August, 2010

Valentino Archak Deng  will be discussing his life at the Jackson Hole High School Auditorium on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Deng is the  Sudanese refugee. His amazing life storywas told in the bestselling novel, What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Archak Deng by Dave Egger.

Tickets for this event are free. It is expected to be a full capacity crowd. Dark Horse Books has tickets for this event. Please come get your tickets, a limit of two per person.


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The conclusion to the Hunger Games trilogy has finally arrived. The release day was Tuesday and the first shipment of books quickly sold out. But do not fear,  a second shipment has arrived. However the books are moving fast.  It might be wise to call and reserve your copy. 

Next week, there are more exciting new releases in the young adult genre. Leven Thumps and the Ruins of Alder is released in paperback. Cassandra Clare, the author of the Mortal Instrument series, is releasing the first book in her new series, Clockwork Angel. Also, releasing on August 31, is Raidance by Alyson Noel.

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 September 13, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. : The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine

October 4, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

November 1, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.: Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls

December 6, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. : Amaganset by Mark Hulls

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 7:00 p.m., Erica Burns, M.A., Counselor, will discuss and teach relationship skills. She will be speaking about the work of Harville Hendrix, author of “Getting The Love You Want”.  This valuable tool can be useful whether or not you are currently in a relationship, so feel free to come alone or with a partner.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Local author, Gregory Zeigler will be discussing and signing his book, Travels with Max: In Search of Steinbeck’s America Fifty Years Later.  “Inspired by Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, …Zeiger and his dog Max droved and camped 15,000 miles over nine weeks, exploring the country and determining what Americans are like today. Travels with Max offers retrospective on Steinbeck and his work, as well as an insightful, humorous and upbeat perspective on modern America.”

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Author, Julie Collard will be discussing and signing her debut novel, Slowly Wash Away.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Local author, Jim Hardee will be discussing and signing his book, Pierre’s Hole: The Fur Trade History of Teton Valley, Idaho.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Local author, Lydia Griffith, will be discussing and signing her latest book, Susan Anderson, High Country Doctor. This book  is a biography aimed toward 4th grader readers, but Susan Anderson is an inspiring and interesting character and the whole family will be interested in her story. Her two previous children novels, Prunes and Rupe and Beba and the Curious Creatures, are very popular with young readers at Dark Horse Books.

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Sue Tyler was the featured artist at Dark Horse Books for the first Friday Art Walk in August. Her works will remain on display until Saturday, August 14, 2010. Please come and enjoy Sue’s landscapes.

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 Our community is very fortunate to have a music store. Nationwide, record stores have been closing. At the same time, the music sales has been declining. The local music store is the best place to learn about new music and discuss music. Currently, Big Hole Music has great deals on great music and musical equipment. I strongly urge everyone to make a trip this week to Big Hole Music and buy some music. When you do so, you will be doing more than supporting a local business, you will be keeping music alive and vibrant in our community.

When you shop local, you accomplish the following.

1. For every $100 you spend on a local, independent business, $68 will stay in the community. When you spend the same $100 on an out of town chain or online, none of the money stays in the community.

2. Buying local means less infrastructure and more money to beautify your community. Buying local instead of online ensures that sales taxes are reinvested in your community.

3. Buying from a local business conserves energy and resources: less fuel for transportation and less packaging.

4.  The american economy is founded upon creativity and entrepreneurship. Nurturing local independent businesses ensures a strong community.

5.  Local businesses are better at creating higher paying jobs for our neighbors.

6. The more interesting and unique a community, the more it will attract new neighbors, visitors, and guests. This benefits everyone.

7. Local retailers are your friends and neighbors, have a vested interested in knowing how to serve you, and they are absolutely passionate about what they do. Take advantage of it.

8. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because they buy for their own market; the people in this community.

9. Beside the pleasure of knowing your local independent business owners, studies have shown that local businesses donate to the community causes at more than twice the rate of chain stores.

10. Foster the uniqueness of our community.

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