Fall Events At Spellbinder Books
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Fall Events Are Underway ...

We've got a full calendar of fall fun in the works!

In October, we've got author Dean Rosnau this Friday (see below) and of course the ever-popular Chocolate Art Walk is coming up, too (second article, below).

In November, legendary mountaineer Allen Steck will be visiting Bishop to talk about his brand-new biography, A Mountaineer's Life.  We've also got an extra-cool Children's Book Week and a special Local Author's Day on Small Business Saturday coming your way - so keep your eyes peeled for our next e-newsletter! 

Friday, October 20th, 6:30pm at Inyo Council for the Arts

Dean Rosnau has been a climber and mountaineer for over 40 years, and began working as an SAR volunteer in 1984. Join us for an evening with him as he presents his new book - in high demand in the Eastern Sierra - The Shortest Straw. Here's a bit more about the book in Dean's own words: 

"Over the years, I've had opportunity to share many of these [SAR] stories during public speaking engagements, family gatherings, or around the campfire with friends. Every now and then someone suggested, 'Ya know, you ought to think about putting some of these stories into book form.'

For years, the wheels turned in regards to exactly what a book of this nature would look like. I wrote exhaustive outlines based on 43 years of climbing journals, and 33 years of incident reports. But the arc of the story eluded me, and the sheer volume of the material was overwhelming.

I finally worked it out in my head, but felt unsure of how to wrap up a good ending in a final chapter. Then, on July 17, 2013, Matthew Greene went missing in my Eastern High Sierra backyard, and I threw myself into this mystery. As that case evolved, I knew I had found a powerful and profound way to finish off the story I wanted to tell. When the Greene family gave me permission to use Matthew's story in the book, I knew it was time to pour it out.

My goal with The Shortest Straw has been not only to share a few stories from my life, but to bring to light the incredible things Search and Rescue teams do around this great nation each and every day. Hopefully, you won't ever need their assistance, but if you do, there will be some extraordinary people on their way.

Though at times it has not been easy to relive some of these life events as I wrote the book, it has been a joy to see how the arc of my own life led me to play a small role in the lives of others."

This promises to be an engaging presentation on a fascinating subject! Thanks to the ICA for letting us use their space as we feel we'll need room to seat more than the 30 or so we can fit in the cafe - we'll see you there!
Chocolate, Art ... and Cats???

Of course, we'll be offering treats of a chocolate persuasion at this year's Chocolate Art Walk on Saturday, October 28th, and featuring art from local favorites Pat Crowther and Frances Cholewa.  But what's with the cats?

October 29th is International Cat Day! To celebrate, we invite you to submit your best cat drawing to our contest by 5:30 pm on 10/26. Then, during the Chocolate Art Walk on the 28th, the community will be able to vote for their favorites in each age category: Kindergarten & under, Elementary School-aged, Middle School-aged, High School-aged, and Adult. 

Also during the Chocolate Art Walk, we will invite visitors to make a donation to benefit cats at the Inyo County Animal Shelter. Spellbinder Books pledges to match your donations, up to the first $100.00!! The donation jar will be located at the ballot area during the Chocolate Art Walk only.

Winners will be tabulated and announced on the 29th, and the winner in each category will receive a $10.00 coupon to Spellbinder Books. We would love to display all entries through the first week of November and you can collect your art after 11/5.

- One entry per person.
- Any two-dimensional media; maximum size 9"x12".
- Hand in entry at Spellbinder by 5:30pm, Thursday 10/26.
- With your (or your child's) entry, include: name, phone number, and category entering.

Good luck to all participating artists!

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