Archive for September, 2011

Celebrate Fall

Banned Book Week at Dark Horse Books

September 24 through October 1


Once again Dark Horse Books will be celebrating our freedom to read freely with Banned Book Week. Throughout the week, many banned and challenged titles will be discounted twenty percent. Included are such threatening and dangerous books as Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, Holes by Louis Sachar, James and the Giant Peach by James Dahl, Anne Frank the Diary of a Young Girl, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, the Twilight series by Stehanie Meyers, and the House of Night series by Cast. Come check out the variety of banned and challenged books. Then on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from noon until 1:00 p.m., Dark Horse Books will be joining in the Internet Read-Out. Ed Draft of Teton Hd will be filming Dark Horse Books customers reading passages of their favorite banned books. The video will then be sent to American Booksellers Foundation for Free Speech for inclusion on their youtube channel. Everyone is welcome to participate. However, it will be necessary to sign a release of the video. Also, minors will need to get their parent’s written permission.


On Monday, October 3, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. The Teton Valley Women’s Book Club will be meeting to discuss The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. This group is open and there is still time to pick up a copy and join the discussion.


On Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. it will be Curiosity Day at Dark Horse Books. We will be reading Curious George, enjoying games, and giving out treat bags.


On Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m., the Dark Horse Books writing group will be meeting. This is an open group and anyone interested in writing is welcome.


Fall Hours  Due to the slowdown in foot traffic, Dark Horse Books will be closing at 6:00 p.m. until Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, the evening hours will be extended to 7:00 p.m. until Spring Break.


On October 18, 2011, Passafire and Tatanka will be playing at the Knotty Pine. Praised for their infectious energy, Passafire plays reggae rock fusion. Advance tickets are only $10.00 and are available at Big Hole Music and Dark Horse Books.


Online Shopping. In anticipation of the Christmas Season, please remember that Dark Horse Books has an online inventory of ten million books for sale at its new online website, https://darkhorsebooks.mybooksandmore.com


The days are shorter, the nights are longer and there is a crisp snap to the air. It is a perfect time to find a good book to read. On the blog, I have posted a review of one of this year’s best books. I was fortunate to receive an advance reading copy. The Orchard by Theresa Weir has been recommended by Indie Next List for October, the O magazine, and many others. Below is my own review.








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There is an old Roberta Flack song from the 70s, which perfectly describes the intense, powerful reaction we all have to transcendental art. With her words, “killing me softly with his song, telling my life with his words, strumming my pain with his fingers,” Flack described with perfection the experience of art transcending the ordinary. With her memoir, The Orchard, Theresa Weir has created such a transcendental work of art. The Orchard begins in the mid-70s, Weir, in her early twenties, is struggling with the hard work of becoming her own person and taking her place in this world. Then one day, a beautiful young farmer comes into the rural Illinois bar where she worked. Their romance leads to a hasty marriage. But Weir does not tell us a fairy tale romance. Her love story is told without sentimentally, respecting the deep mystery of love shared by two strangers. She moves to the farmer’s orchard, where perfection is sought at too high a cost. This memoir deals with powerful universal themes regarding mothers, abandonment, dark secrets, poison, love, death, and life.  Like the singer in Flack’s song, Weir’s words will resonate with the reader, because in telling her life story, she tells us about our lives.

You can find this and other wonderful non-fiction at Dark Horse Books.

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Tonight at 6:00 p.m., Eric Soyland will be discussing and signing his new book, Our Land, Our Soul. This beautiful coffee table book features his wonderful photographs of the West side of the Tetons. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.


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Random House is giving away a collection of Shakespeare titles to one lucky winner. Win 29 of the worlds greatest tragedies, comedies and histories. Sign up here.


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Eric Soyland will be discussing and signing his new book, Our Land, Our Soul at Dark Horse Books on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.  With beautiful, breath-taking photographs of the West side of the Tetons, this coffee table book shall be the must-buy Christmas gift this year. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

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Dark Horse Books will be closed on Saturday, September 10, 2011. It will be opened on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 at 10.00 a.m.

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