Author Archives: Harald Wyndham

About Harald Wyndham

Harald Wyndham is the owner of Blue Scarab Press, which has published more than twenty-four titles by southeast Idaho and regional writers since 1984. The most recent publication is Leslie Ann Leek’s second collection of short stories, Unsettled Territory, November 2012.

A Healing Art

On a bright afternoon in a warmer-than-normal March, from the driveway of John and Linda Wolfe’s house on the hillside above Pocatello, I see the sun glinting on the remains of mountain snowbanks which, in wetter years, would still cover the canyons.

Around the house, decorated flowerpots and painted metal sculptures gleam and spin. Inside, Linda and John greet me warmly, as do their dogs, Rosie, Abby, and Buster. My visit to these long-standing friends is not completely social. I have come to discuss a book illustration project with Linda, an artist I have worked with for more than thirty years. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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