Keeper of the Eternal Bookstore

By Harald Wyndham

Photos by John Lowry

On a Thursday afternoon in mid-winter, a snowstorm drives flakes horizontally past the windows of Walrus & Carpenter Books in Pocatello.

I sit snug by a small gas stove, my feet stretched toward the heat, having a cup of coffee and a conversation with the owner, Will Peterson, a casually dressed, lanky bohemian with a shock of unmanageable black hair and a grin that puts one at ease and in the mood to talk. And talking about ideas, life, philosophy, writers famous, infamous, and unknown, small-town intrigue, the future of mankind, and the contents of the volumes that crowd the shelves of his Dickensian bookstore is precisely what Will enjoys more than anything, except perhaps writing a novel about it.

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The Falcon and the Bookman

Bookstore owner Will Peterson’s first novel, nine years in the making, has a provocative title: Crawl On Your Belly Like a Man.

This intentional mixing of snake and human imagery in the title—of self-effacement and Western machismo—sets the stage for an intriguing narrative from “Feral” Errol Husky, who returns to southeastern Idaho in mid-life accompanied by Kyrie, a falcon that is more companion than pet.

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Serious Culture

By Kitty Fleischman Most of the time we don’t think of Cascade as the home of serious culture. We rarely think of it as the hub of an international business either, but both of those suppositions would be incorrect. Sourdoughs International, owned by Ed Wood, ships sourdough cultures to seventy-eight countries around the world. His …

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Do I Believe in Ghosts?

By Gaye Bunderson

“The thought of ghosts creeps me out,” admits Jay Michaels, and I couldn’t agree more. Michaels contributed a small story to a compilation of tales, nonfiction accounts, poems, and essays about spirits that may—or may not, depending on your beliefs—inhabit the Gem State.
The book, Hauntings from the Snake River Plain, is the creation of three of its authors, Bonnie Dodge, Dixie Thomas Reale, and Patricia Santos Marcantonio, collectively known as The Other Bunch. On June 1, 2011, the women sent out a “call for stories” on the topic of hauntings in our state. In the book’s introduction, they write that their request was met with “tremendous enthusiasm.”

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