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  • Mountain Home, ID, 83647
  • United States

The Cottonwood Collective & Elmore Books, in partnership with the Mountain Home Arts Council, invite you to attend the

Reading & Book Signing with Idaho author Donald Hofstetter

Friday, March 10, 2017

5pm to 7pm

at Cottonwood Collective & Elmore Books (230 N. 2nd E.)

Reading & Book Signing:

Idaho Author Hofstetter at Cottonwood Collective

The Cottonwood Collective and Elmore Books & More, in partnership with the Mountain Home Arts Council, will host a reading & book signing for Idaho Author Donald Hofstetter on Friday, March 10, from 5 pm to 7 pm. Come meet the author and get a signed copy of his western novel The Windcatcher’s Cave (2016).

About the novel:

The long shadow that filled the doorway was all she needed, to know that the bear was still behind her. Bruised and dazed she ran for her life into the total darkness of the cave. The dull thud of the bear hitting the ground in the entry let her know he was not giving up.

Aggie Stonewell was not supposed to be there. She was a good girl from a good family and it was such a harmless little lie. Where it took her was beyond belief. Into miles of interlocking caves with a man she had only seen from a distance. Feeling their way in the total absence of light, through stone structures and sulphur springs of the deep, dark, dampness of a massive cave whose only sound was the sound of the constant wind and the occasional moan of the bear that had nowhere else to be.

In the other world, the one outside, the ground echoed with the sound of horses' hooves, scouring every inch of forest for miles, desperate to find a young woman lost someplace in the Sawtooth. A land that rarely gives up its dead.

Staged around the turn of the century, in a small town in the depths of the Sawtooth Mountains, a young woman is lost in a cave with a young Sioux Indian brave she hardly knows. If the cave doesn't kill them, the bear that chased her in there is bound to. The only light they have is a small flashlight with a weak battery, they dare not use. The cave appears to be endless and is filled with strange surprises. Interlocking tunnels where anything could be expected, leave them wandering in the total absence of light, feeling their way along, searching for a way out while they try to stay just one step ahead of the bear. The bear that Talon knows he will be forced to meet face to face if he can't find a way out.

In the outside world, her father and friends search every crevice in the mountains for even the tiniest clue that might lead them to the lost girl.

About the author:

Born in Oregon, raised in Idaho, now sharing my life between Alaska and Idaho. Fortunately, due mostly to a complete lack of self-discipline, I managed to wander and explore nearly every inch of the entire state of Idaho and eastern Oregon. Then I got married. Nuff said.

They called them line shacks when I was a pup. They were built in the back country for the fence riders to stay in and were built to accommodate a number of people, which was good because we were a family of seven. My step-dad was one of those fence riders. He was a Basque from the Spanish side of the Pyrenees mountains and he worked the ranches all his life, right up until the day they put him into a nursing home. Most ranches were still using horse teams to pull feed wagons and, at least in our case, a buck board. We used it to get from Big Springs across the nine miles to Pole Creek. We worked those lines, and also the lines at Battle Creek and Big Springs. 

A couple of summers we stayed at Big Springs, which was about 60 miles off the Grandview Highway. The meadows in those days were large and beautiful. Nature of all kinds could be seen any day. Outside the meadows was sage brush and rock breaks. Those were the most interesting to me because of all the animals that like to den there. 

About the Cottonwood Collective with Elmore Books & More:

The mission of the Cottonwood Collective (230 N. 2nd E. St., Mountain Home) is to promote the work of local artisans and provide the community a welcoming place to purchase exceptional gifts and discerning fine art; to create a comfortable place to gather and to learn through classes, events, and shared conversations. Elmore Books & More sells new and used books. For more information, contact the Cottonwood Collective at        587-6659.

About MHAC:

The Mountain Home Arts Council entertains, enriches, and educates the community by promoting and presenting varied artistic and cultural events. For our full season of events or other information, please visit our website, www.mharts.org, find us on Facebook or call the Arts Council office at 587-3706.  



Chris DeVore

Executive Director

Mountain Home Arts Council

PO BOX 974

Mountain Home, ID 83647