Country Bookshelf Presents: Local Author Showcase

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 6:00pm

Country Bookshelf is delighted to welcome several local authors for a round of speed dating with your next great read.

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Join Country Bookshelf and your neighbors for a cozy, seasonal celebration of local authors with our Fall author showcase. We've invited three writers to share their new books with us in a virtual event that will knock your socks off.

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Paul Skenazy takes us through a grief journey in Still Life. When his wife, Edie, dies, Will Moran abandons all he used to be, and do, to paint still life canvases of rocks and driftwood on the walls of his house.

Paul Skenazy grew up in Chicago and studied at the University of Chicago and Stanford University. He taught literature and writing for thirty-five years at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His nonfiction works include a book on James M. Cain, a collection of essays on place in San Francisco literature, and a selection of interviews with Maxine Hong Kingston. He has published more than three hundred reviews of fiction and nonfiction for newspapers and magazines nationwide, and was twice nominated for the National Book Critics Circle award for reviewing. For a dozen years, he was a mystery review columnist for the Washington Post. His short novel, Temper CA (2019), won the Miami University Press Novella Contest. His stories and essays have recently appeared in Catamaran Literary Reader, Chicago Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Santa Cruz, California with his wife, the poet Farnaz Fatemi.


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We'll take a poetic interlude with Caroline Hopper and her debut poetry collection Poems from a Wild Heart. Explore the changing seasons of nature, and travel with the poet across these pages. For as long as she can remember, Carolyn Keith Hopper has loved spending time exploring the woods and fields around her home. Swaying tall grasses, mats of pine needles, drifts of wildflowers, and the sounds of cool running streams have been the inspiration behind much of her writing.

In her first collection of poetry, Hopper shares what it feels like to be out in quiet places of natural beauty. With subject matters ranging from birds to flowers to celestial wonders and many other ponderings in between, Poems from a Wild Heart is a reflective compilation about life, love, and loss in the great outdoors.

Carolyn Keith Hopper lives in southwest Montana. Inspired by the weather and landscape of the Rocky Mountains, she enjoys fly-fishing, hiking, and writing about her local surroundings. She has contributed numerous articles to Outside Bozeman and Rocky Mountain Gardening. Carolyn is also the author of the memoir River Shadows: A Passage from Head to Heart, and Fishing With My Father.

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The intrepid lives of three generations of Montana women are portrayed in vivid detail in Lisa Hendrickson's Burning the BreezeBurning the Breeze chronicles the lives of three generations of women who defied society's expectations: Julia Bennett, the first woman to build a Montana guest ranch; and her grandmother and mother, who fled Missouri during the Civil War to prosper in the American West.

Lisa Hendrickson is the owner of Lisa Hendrickson Communications and a former corporate and nonprofit public relations director. She has written or edited five books, including Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State and Kiritsis and Me: Enduring 63 Hours at Gunpoint.

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Maddie McDowell can't take it anymore. Running away from boarding school seems like her only choice after feeling betrayed by her family and left out and left alone by everyone else. When the Monte Decker Rodeo Show pulls out of town on the morning train, Maddie intends to be on it, leaving all her hurt behind. All, however, does not go as planned. Mistaken for the rodeo's newest star, who appears to be missing, Maddie must prove she's got the talent, skills, and guts to make it. But it's not that simple. There's the rodeo queen who hates her on sight, the handsome cowboy who seems strangely familiar, a mysterious man in a bowler hat, and a sack full of stolen cash. Is someone trying to hurt her, or the missing cowgirl she's impersonating? With all this trouble, Maddie must decide if the rodeo life is what she truly wants, or if there's something else missing, something even bigger pulling her along-not counting that dog, of course. Maddie McDowell and the Rodeo Robbery is a rollicking Pinkerton-style middle grade mystery set in a 1919 rodeo show keeps the pages turning and the heartstrings pulling.

Growing up on a dairy farm in Minnesota, LuAnn Rod had three loves: reading, writing, and horses. That hasn’t changed, except for the additions of a husband, son and daughter-in-law, one big cat, and four crazy dogs. Her reading list tends toward titles with plucky heroines and heroes, adventure with a generous dollop of humor, and heartfelt friendships—both animal and human. Now living in Montana under the great Big Sky she enjoys riding her Arabian horses across prairies and mountains, playing with her dogs, and sharing her stories with young readers and kindred dreamers. LuAnn earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature through Montana State University, and worked twenty-five years in the newsroom at her local newspaper.

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Retiring from Michigan to remote Darby, Montana, Phillips serves up stories of life at Double J Cat Ranch, the mountaintop home he shares with wife Julie, as he introduces you to the town's quirky inhabitants and his encounters with Nature in Four Miles West of Nowhere.

John Phillips has written for magazines for 45 years and is the former Executive Editor of Car and Driver. He has contributed to Harper's, the Toronto Globe & Mail, Elle, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian Air & Space, and Sports Illustrated. He was the recipient of the Ken Purdy Award for journalism in 2007; enjoyed a one-on-one interview with Joe Biden; and is the author of the novel Slippery as well as the true-crime saga God Wants You to Roll. He lives with wife, Julie Gothrup, in Montana's Bitterroot Mountains.

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ISBN: 9781953469496
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Paper Angel Press - July 1st, 2021

Poems from a Wild Heart Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998329840
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Carolyn Keith Hopper - August 31st, 2021

Burning the Breeze: Three Generations of Women in the American West Cover Image
By Lisa Hendrickson, James E. Pepper (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781496227928
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Bison Books - September 1st, 2021

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ISBN: 9781953743046
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Chicken Scratch Books - June 1st, 2021

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ISBN: 9781941052549
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Pronghorn Press - October 20th, 2021

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