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SUNNYSIDE, IDAHO- Lost Horse Press, a small press located in Sandpoint, Idaho, is offering an afternoon of readings by some of Idaho’s own on Sunday, August 19 at the Oden Hall in Sunnyside.

     Acclaimed Idaho writers Kim Barnes and Claire Davis will read along with Marianne Love, Rory Metcalf, Rhoda Sanford, Susan Saxton D'Aoust and Karen Seashore. The event is free and open to the public; donations are accepted. Beginning at 3 pm, the afternoon will include literature, music, and a potluck (please bring a dish to share).

     This summer afternoon promises to mine all veins of the imagination. The event is sponsored by Westaf/Tumblewords, Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the East Bonner County Library.

     Kim Barnes is the author of two memoirs: “In the Wilderness: Coming of

Age in Unknown Country” and “Hungry for the World.” In the Wilderness received the PEN/JERARD FUND AWARD, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and was a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize. Barnes has published poems, stories, and essays in magazines throughout the country. Her essay, "The Ashes of August" (Georgia Review, Summer 2000), has been chosen for inclusion in the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Ms. Barnes lives on Moscow Mountain in Idaho with her husband and children and teaches creative writing at the University of Idaho.

     Claire Davis has had her work published in a number of literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Southern Review, Shenandoah, and Gettysburg Review. She is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and her story "Labors of the Heart" is included in The Best American Short Stories 2001. Her first novel, “Winter Range” (Picador USA), won the MPBA and PNBA awards for best fiction.

     Sandpoint native Marianne Love is a local high school teacher and author. Her novel, “Pocket Girdles,” is an autobiographical account of growing up on a farm in Sandpoint back when it was still a one-motel town. Her recent book, “Postcards from Potato(e) Land,” is Love's version of North Idaho farm life in the nineties.

     Rory Metcalf won an Emmy and a Writers Guild Award as a staff writer for the daytime drama Ryan's Hope. Her articles, essays and fiction have appeared in the Village Voice, Amtrak Express, and Elysian Fields Quarterly, as well as the anthology Basepaths. Her first novel was a finalist in the James Jones First Novel Fellowship competition. She is currently writing a second novel, “Gone.”

      Rhoda Sanford is a third generation Californian. Like her grandmother, who married a Swiss Italian and her mother, who married an Alaskan, she, too, married a man from out-of-state. Her husband grew up in Kalispell, Montana, and always wanted to return to the area, which they did in 1992 by way of Yorkshire, England. Sanford's stories and poems have been published in Northern Journeys.

     Susan Saxton D'Aoust lives in a cabin in grizzly bear habitat. She is the author of many published works, including “Long Shadows” (E.P. Dutton/Bantam). D'Aoust writes for "Panhandle Pieces" in The Spokesman-Review and is currently completing a novel called Charming.

     Karen Seashore rubbed shoulders against the state of Idaho most of her life, growing up in northern Utah and living in western Montana, but she's been in Sandpoint since 1984 and plans to stick there. Her story "Separation Suites" won last year's fiction contest in The Inlander. She has published stories and travel pieces in several magazines.

     REX JAMES, a popular acoustical guitar duo homegrown in the Panhandle, will play throughout the afternoon and early evening. The event begins at 3 pm. For more information please contact Lost Horse Press at 208-255-4410 or email [email protected] mindspring.com

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