Meet the Authors!

On All Hallows Day (1 November), the Boise Senior Center will host a “Lunch & Learn” with authors:

  • Bonnie Schroeder (Turn Back the Clocks)
  • Julie Howard (The Three Widows of Wylder)
  • Laura Jenski (The South Dakota Beech Diet, A Motorhome Murder Mystery)

These entertaining writers will talk about their experiences as authors and what they’re writing now.

Time: 12:15 (just after noon). Here’s the Boise Senior Center page with location guide and map.

Books on Boise’s Bench!

There’s a new resource for Boise readers and book-lovers — conveniently located near the Orchard/Fairview intersection. Opening in August, they have around 2,000 books on the shelves, and their inventory is growing. Mostly used, but some are new, including books in languages other than English.

They cover all the genres, but have a classics section, as well as a few rare books. There’s a well-stocked kids’ corner. When I visited I also saw an Idaho-interest section. (For those also interested in visual arts, there are onsite classes and events as well, for the entire family.)

Their philosophy is inclusive, seeing books and reading as a way to counter ignorance and to empower those who might struggle with literacy.

The owners are a mother-daughter team; Kayla is books, and Mickey covers the art activities.

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Kayla shared more about their goals: We aim to fill a gap in quality of life. Life is more than the grind of work, school and improvement. That’s why we have cute tea pots to sit with on a rainy day with a book. Why we do open paint to encourage creative outlets. It’s why we strive for a comfortable homey atmosphere. We have free wifi for someone wanting to relax with coffee and write. It’s why I’d be more than happy to read to a group of kids so moms can have a break. We have a place for self care. A place to slow down. Life is crazy busy, but it’s also crazy short and should be enjoyed.

Books On The Vine is the name of the store, and it’s located at 5208 Fairview Avenue. Store hours are currently 10 to 6, Monday through Saturday (excluding holidays).

I found the store a great place to browse, and was happy to add to my mystery (Louise Penny and Anthony Horowitz) collection. I will be back!


Sometimes we need to pause to take care of ourselves. Below are two resources (both online, so very available); one for women veterans and the other for anyone who needs to pay attention to the effect on their body of being a writer.

Musings & Movement

Every month local authors Gayle Brandeis and Rebecca Evans conduct a free 30-minute online “mind and body connection to help inspire and care for the writer”. Register on Eventbrite.

All writing concerns the body on some level. Breath. Visceral response. Areas within our physical being that feel stuck, stretched, neglected. Our bodies hold story. Our bodies speak to us and often physical symptoms are worth creative and inner exploration. During this free monthly connection, Gayle Brandeis and Rebecca Evans will weave literary inspiration, prompts, and craft chatter with flexibility, strength, and empowerment tools, helping you arrive at your best. Plan on 30 minutes. Plan to take away a new tool each month that you can easily apply to your schedule.

Women Veterans Writing Community

The WVWC is the second Tuesday of each month in a virtual community. (The next meeting is Tuesday 14 November 7 p.m. MT.)

The goal of this community is to offer a safe space for female veterans, including non-binary veterans.

Rebecca leads instruction on craft and constructive feedback, along with generative exercises. The community creates an environment where participants can relate, feel heard, and are supported.

Contact Rebecca Evans (see bottom of her home page) for the Zoom link.

Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash