Saturday Author Series
Writers will read and discuss their work, sign book copies, and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served. 11 a.m. Steve Branting, presents “A Hidden History of Lewiston Idaho.” Branting’s principal study “Historic Firsts of Lewiston, Idaho: Unintended Greatness,” was published in 2013. It details the events that set Lewiston apart in Idaho, the Pacific Northwest, and the nation since it was founded in 1861. In 2013, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded Branting its coveted Historical Preservation Medal, the first to an Idahoan. The Idaho State Historical Society conferred upon Branting the Esto Perpetua Award, its highest honor, in 2011. He was noted for his leadership in “some of the most significant preservation and interpretation projects undertaken in Idaho.” He was also awarded by Idaho’s governor that year’s Outstanding Cultural Tourism Award for showcasing Idaho’s heritage. 12 p.m. Valerie Hein, presents “The Burden.” Born and raised in northeastern Washington, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and is truly a daydreamer, always imagining dangerous creatures lurking in the shadows and envisioning heroes and heroines saving the day. She recently signed on with Sky Warrior Publishing and is currently working on “Release,” the sequel to “The Burden.” 1-3 p.m. Poet Artist Collaborative with 21 poets who participated in the poet/artist collaboration, a project that took nine months to complete. Based on the theme, “The Ecology of Desire,” the poets had one week to write a poem based on artwork they received for their specific week. The poets will read from this compilation of poetry and art. 3 p.m. Mary Conitz, presents “The Wells of Belisa Kulal: An African Spy Adventure,” a novel written by her late husband Merrill Conitz. Mary edited and published her late husband Merrill’s first novel after his unexpected death in 2009. Merrill was a professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Idaho. He later was later taught surveying, photogrammetry and geodesy at the University of Nairobi as a visiting professor through UNESCO. This sparked his interest in Africa and he became the director of the Regional Remote Sensing Facility in Kenya with the U.S. Department of State. He later worked as an international development consult, which took him all over Africa. During Merrill’s years in Africa he was especially drawn to the desert and its peoples. This fascination together with his knowledge of remote sensing and his experiences as an African-trained pilot set the stage for this African spy adventure novel filled with surveillance intrigue.