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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Come and say “hi”!

FYI I’ve recently added an Events tab at the top of this website to keep track of my upcoming book-related appearances. Here are some comings and goings taking place this fall:

Saturday, September 17: A Roaring Twenties-themed book launch party! Kokanee Coffee, 509 N. Fifth Ave., Sandpoint, ID, from 10 to noon (drop in anytime). Coffee! Cake! Event is free to the public. Books will be available for purchase, plus 2 door prizes (gift baskets containing a copy of the book, a limited-edition hand-crafted coffee mug, and a bag of gourmet coffee beans).

Tuesday, September 20: I’m scheduled for a chat on Barbara Carpenter’s radio program on KSPT-Sandpoint.

Friday and Saturday, September 23-24: The Idaho Writers League Annual Conference at the  Coeur d’Alene Inn & Conference Center in Coeur d’Alene, ID I’ll be speaking on Writing for the Inspirational Market on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Books will be available for purchase.

Saturday, October 10: Indie Author Day at the Bonner County Library, Cedar and Division in Sandpoint, ID, from 9:30-3:30. I’ll be speaking about the research process for historical fiction, and also doing a short reading and book signing. Event is free to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

 

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Chautauqua: End of an Era

Chautauqua Amp: Final Days

This article from David Steele at Buffalo Rising makes me sad. The iconic Chautauqua Ampitheater in New York will be torn down this week. In  Steele’s words,  “It becomes what it is over time, imbued with the mark of many summers and many generations. This magical place will soon be gone.”

For years, traveling companies took Chautauqua to cities and small towns all over America. But the Ampitheater in New York hosted the granddaddy of all Chautauquas. I know times have changed. I know the Ampitheater has been used for different things and is no longer what it once was. That doesn’t change the fact that my heart hurts.

Source: http://www.buffalorising.com

Source: http://www.buffalorising.com

Once upon a time I wrote about the Chautauqua movement at Writing North Idaho.

What buildings or other structures have you been said to see torn down?

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Sparkling Vintage movie: Lucky Star

lucky starI had the pleasure of watching Lucky Star on TCM the other night. It was produced in 1929, one of the last silent films to come out of Twentieth Century Fox  before the talkie era. It is a sweet, if fairly predictable, romance about two World War I vets–one a rich scallywag, the other honorable but minus the use of his legs–vying for the affections of a young farm girl played by Janet Gaynor. The girl’s widowed mother pushes her to marry Rich Scallywag and thereby lift the family out of poverty. But the girl’s heart, natch, belongs to Winsome in a Wheelchair.

Interestingly, this film was believed lost forever, but a pristine copy of it was unearthed in Amsterdam in the 1980s.

If you’re in the mood for a bit of silent spun-sugar, you can catch it on YouTube.

 

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Grace Note for August 18, 2016

003“There would be cool blue shadows on the north porch where the pines were thickest about the hotel, a wonderful spot to come with a book before the world was generally astir. There would be the aroma of coffee, honeydew melons and toast, hot rolls just out of the oven, and a hint of brook trout frying in deep fat.” (Grace Livingston Hill, Happiness Hill)

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