Local Author Day! In-Person
The Literary Arts Committee of the Mountain Home Arts Council and the Mountain Home Public Library are proud to present Local Author Day! Seven local authors will share short readings and sign their books at the library on August 20 beginning at 10:30 AM. Come out to support these local authors as they share works published during the pandemic. Hot beverages and light refreshments will be served.
Laurice Bentz, author of The Totaled Woman, is a businesswoman, consummate volunteer, adventurer, and co-author of three children’s books. The Totaled Woman takes the reader on a journey through the hills and valleys of the author’s life as she seeks fame and fortune with many starts and detours, most of which are met with humor. Is she the totaled woman?
Ted Hoffman, author of This is Still the West: Campfire Tales and Rhymes of an Idaho Rancher is a native of rural Pennsylvania. After completion of his service in the Army, he worked on ranches until graduation from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 1983. He practiced veterinary medicine and raised cattle in Elmore County for almost 30 years. Retired now, he lives on his ranch near Mountain Home. He has written and performed Western music and poetry for many years, derived from his life as a rancher and a veterinarian. This is Still the West is a collection of his poems, enhanced by the illustrative drawings of Bruneau artist John Schutte.
RL DeVore, author of Run to the Darkness, is a seventh-grade math teacher at Mountain Home Junior High. He is dual certified in both Mathematics and Language Arts, with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a Master’s in Education. Run to the Darkness is a work of supernatural fiction touching on the personal relationship the protagonist, Ben, keeps with God. Ben faces not only the demon in West Falls but also the temptation of succumbing to darkness.
A.K. Mariko, author of The Rancher’s Son, was born and raised in southern Washington and currently lives in southern Idaho with her husband, son, and daughter. Writing has been a passion since she learned to form sentences in first grade. Amidst her responsibilities of nursing school, working at the hospital, caring for private clients, and being a mother and wife, A.K. enjoys camping, running, and sleeping. The Rancher's Son follows Liv, a traveling nurse who has accepted a new assignment in Edwards, Colorado—a much-needed change from the fast-paced environment of the ER at a level one trauma center. Jack Rigby is her one and only client, a retired rancher with cancer on hospice care.
Laurel Slyck works full time, moms full time, and fits in running and writing around those two very engaging and time-consuming things. Her first book, Did Anyone Tell You This Was Going to Be Easy? reflects her journey to get her to where she is today. It includes struggling through poverty, being a military spouse, divorce, loss, single parenting, disordered eating, ultrarunning, and more (not in that order). The book aims to relate to anyone who is going through tough times but ultimately serves as a manifesto about moving forward and pushing your boundaries no matter where you are now.
Billy Buttons, in Some Verse, writes honest and straightforward poetry about his life as a cowboy, homesteader, and war veteran with a great deal of wisdom, wit, and humor. “Writing poetry, fishing with my son, and taking care of my place” are the highlights of his life, he said during a 1980s interview with Dorothy Huckabay at the Idaho Press Tribune, noting that he started writing poetry to fend off this depression over losing two brothers within 24 days of each other and trauma from his military service. Writing is often times where he found hope.
Mary Mae Miller, married at 15, mother of 9, grandmother of 53, and great-grandmother of 45, has an abundance of wisdom and comfort to bequeath in her collection With Comfort Ever Ready. She wrote stories and poems much of her life, which spanned the 20th Century and included stints in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Missouri, California, Washington—to name a few—before she found her homes in rural Idaho. Of French, Cherokee, Pennsylvania Dutch, and Osage descent, Miller recorded her thoughts, prayers, and experiences in notebooks and on random sheets of paper until passing in 1958 at Cascade Nursing Home in Caldwell.