• Cottonwood Collective & Elmore Books (map)
  • 230 North 2nd East Street
  • Mountain Home, ID, 83647
  • United States

Mountain Home Arts Council presents a book reading and signing featuring Idaho author

Merri Melde

Friday, September 8th 

6pm to 8pm

@ the Cottonwood Collective/Elmore Books


The Cottonwood Collective and Elmore Books & More, in partnership with the Mountain Home Arts Council, will host a reading & book signing for Idaho author Merri Melde on Friday, Sept. 8, at 6 to 8 pm, with a reading and Q&A at 6:30 pm. Come meet the author and get a signed copy of her memoir Soul Deep in Horses: Memoir of an Equestrian Vagabond.

 About the memoir:

Soul Deep in Horses: Memoir of an Equestrian Vagabond

Clinging to a four-legged rocket ship among the Pyramids in Egypt. Riding a racehorse on the Curragh in Ireland. Winning a first endurance ride in Texas. Flipping a packhorse down a cliff in California. Flying on a Lord of the Rings horse in New Zealand. Cowgirling it in Idaho. 

All of these serendipitous equine adventures, and more, are disparate pieces of a puzzle that have merged to create the eclectic, nomadic lifestyle that Merri Melde lives every day with horses. And none of them might have happened if she had not first met the racehorse Fred, who taught her how to fail spectacularly at her dream job. 

It's not the destination of new dreams but the journeys toward them that allow Melde, by chance or by divine intervention, to experience such diverse escapades and to come to know and love such magnificent horses as Harry—a fire-breathing dragon who gives her a great gift; Zayante—one of the country’s best endurance horses; Jose—an Avatar and Kindred Spirit; and Stormy—The Most Beautiful Horse On The Planet. 

In Soul Deep in Horses: Memoir of an Equestrian Vagabond, Merri Melde paints a vivid portrait with her moving words of a unique life irrevocably entangled with horses--the beauty, the humor, the thrills, the fun, the fear, and above all, the love that goes deep down into the soul. 

Part memoir, part travel and horse-riding adventure book, this heartfelt narrative packed with excitement and emotion will appeal not just to horse lovers, but to anybody who has ever experienced failure and success in following their dreams, and anyone who has ever lost their courage and rediscovered it once again.

About the author:

Merri Melde, a.k.a. The Equestrian Vagabond, is a horse photographer, writer, author, photojournalist, artist, horse packer, carriage driver, racetrack groom, spotted owl hooter, wildlife technician, Raven fanatic, trail builder, sound engineer, theatre techie, world traveler, owner of The Most Beautiful Horse On The Planet (Stormy), rabid obsessed endurance rider, and Tevis Cup finisher. But not all at the same time. Merri has written for over a dozen magazines, and photographed for over two dozen magazines around the world, and traveled in over three dozen countries, sometimes seeking adventure and enlightenment, and often chasing horses. Visit www.TheEquestrianVagabond.com to contact Merri and see her published works.

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