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Lynda Moss reading An Open Heart

Lynda Moss and her Bernese Mountain Dog, China Berry, read An Open Heart is written by Barry J. Schieber and illustrated by Hedvig Rappe-Flowers.The book is based stories about Barry’s loyal companion Moritz, a Bernese Mountain dog who won the hearts of children and adults in Montana. 

China Berry was trained as a puppy at Prison Paws for Humanity at the Montana Women’s Prison and recently passed the therapy animal program offered by the Intermountain Therapy Animals program in Bozeman. As a therapy team, Lynda and China will be visiting healthcare facilities, libaries and schools in Montana.

After the reading, Lynda and China gave away free copies of books by Barry J, Schieber to kids and their familites attending the program. This House of Books also gave away some small items, such as buttons and posters.

-What I am Reading Now Department: Sandstone

Cover of the anthology, SandstoneI just finished reading Sandstone, the anthology published as a fundraiser for This House of Books. Sandstore has 30 contributors and I can say that the quality is amazing. It immediately struck me when I jumped into the first story, a beautifully described story of misadventure set on the northern border of Grand Teton National Park by Pete Fromm. There are so many good contributions that it is impossible for me to pick favorites.

A short, dry summary of the history of This House of Books

image from when we were setting up the store for the first time

At the time of our first anniversary, I wanted to collect this information from the dusty archives of files that are now scattered among many websites, FaceBook pages, Google Docs vaults, emails, and other locations. I want to recognize the efforts of some of the earliest participants who helped to make this happen, and I want to make sure the information is not lost. 

Sandstone Release Party and Reading

We had a lovely launch for the anthology, Sandstone, yesterday. Here for your enjoyment are a few photographs from the event.

Dianne Oberhansly reading The Madonna of Starbucks

Dianne: delightful author, terrific book. We filled all of the chairs for this one, and I believe everyone bought a copy of the book, many people walked out with multiple copies. Did I mention before that Dianne won the Flannery O'Connor Award for her previous book of short stories, A Brief History of Male Nudes in America?

Dianne Oberhansly reading

- What I am Reading Now Department: The Madonna of Starbucks

When I first saw the title I was thinking that Oberhansly might be writing about food, in the way that MFK Fisher wrote about food. The Madonna of Starbucks is not about food, though, it is about life. In the book, food plays its role in affecting psychological and emotional behavior, with its mystical force in exposing private human moments. I loved its humor and its humanity.