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  • 1080 US-20
  • Mountain Home, ID, 83647
  • United States

The Mountain Home Arts Council, Literary Arts Committee presents....

Coffee House featuring guest speaker Judith McConnell Steele

Friday, April 29, 2016

Doors open at 6:30, program starts at 7 pm

Mountain Home Best Western

Hot beverages and cookies will be served

Spring Coffee House to Feature Idaho Writer Steele

The April 29 Spring Coffee House, hosted by the Literary Arts Committee of the Mountain Home Arts Council, will feature a reading and Q&A with Judith McConnell Steele, Idaho author and former reporter and columnist for the Idaho Statesman. Steele’s novel The Angel of Esperanҫa, published by Mill Park Publishing, was given three first-place awards—for best fiction, best cover design and best interior design—in the 2013 Idaho Book Awards. The novel also recently received a second place award for fiction in the international North American Book Awards. A booksigning will follow, and copies of McConnell’s novel will be available for purchase.

Scheduled for Friday, April 29, at the Best Western Foothills Inn (1080 Highway 20, Mountain Home), doors will open at 6:30 pm, with the program beginning at 7 pm. Hot beverages and homemade cookies will be served. Frank Monasterio will act as master of ceremonies.

 Judith McConnell Steele, who grew up in Denver, Colorado,  lived in northeast Brazil for a number of years as a Peace Corps volunteer, translator and journalist for Project Hope and volunteer with Amigos de las Americas. Several years after her last stay in Brazil, she began writing The Angel of Esperanҫa. The book opens with a woman shut in a tower, then explores the growing catastrophe that put her there.

“After a few months in my small Peace Corps village, I realized that, in some strange way, I had come home,” Steele says. “The sometimes lush, often hard countryside and passionate people of northeast Brazil took hold of me. I came home with many vivid memories. One of those memories became the seed for Angel.”

 For more information about the Literary Arts Committee, producers of The Whistle Pig, Elmore County’s literary journal, or the Mountain Home Arts Council, visit our Web site www.mharts.org, find us on Facebook, or contact:

Chris DeVore

Chairperson, Literary Arts Committee




  Sally Cruser,

Executive Director, Mountain Home Arts Council




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To learn more about the author, Judith McConnell Steele, visit her website: http://www.judithmcconnellsteele.com/