Writings from Regional Authors

Stardust and the Bitter Moon

by Dominic Cvitanich
Fiction, 366 pages, softcover, 5.5″ x 8.5″

Now out in paperback after its initial ebook-only release, this is the story of one man’s dance with the culture of the ’60s.

Rock and roll, hedonism and deception all play an outsized role in Anton’s life. He has been generous with others, but has also taken without worry. A successful father of three girls, but a failed husband, he is a child of the ’60s still trying to grow up. Forced to recognize his generation’s role in changing the nation’s cultural face and own his laid-back acquiescence, he now wonders if he and the ’60s were simply a side trip into smoke-filled self-indulgence; a mixed bag at best.

In search of truth and peace, he embarks on a different kind of trip in his iconic Volkswagen van in a quest for absolution.

Author Dominic “Dick” Cvitanich is a retired educator and the former superintendent of schools for the Lake Pend Oreille School District. He terms himself a “once hippie” who marched in protest on the streets of Seattle, argued politics with friends into the night, partied at rock festivals, and let his “freak flag fly” to the disconcertment of his parents. He lives in Sandpoint, Idaho, where he continues to argue politics, volunteers to support the needs of children and families, and tries to do the right thing.

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Let the Haole Do the Hula

By Brooks Tessier
Fiction, 92 pages, softcover

Drawing from his own life experiences to craft these stories of whimsy and intrigue, in this collection Sandpoint-based author Brooks Tessier captures the essence of the islands as he tells of colorful characters in interesting circumstances.

This newest title joins his previously published collections, “The Mysterious Journey of Captain Hart” and “The Girls From St. Barts,” providing an expansive set of eclectic tales of life and characters ranging from the islands of Hawaii and the Caribbean and Hawaii to the mountains of Colorado and Idaho … and other places, real and imagined.

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BE NOT CONTENT: a subterranean journal

50th Anniversary Edition

By William J. Craddock • Foreword by Jay Shore
Fiction, 414 pages softcover

Be Not Content is a defining account of the San Francisco Psychedelic Revolution in the 1960s that critics have compared to other contemporaneous era-defining works by such literary luminaries as Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey and Hunter Thompson. Written by the late William J. Craddock and originally published by Doubleday in 1970, this 50th Anniversary Edition contains a new foreword by his literary executor and friend, Jay Shore, and an introduction by his sister, Diane Craddock, as well as a selection of photos, drawings and other writings by Craddock. It was published in association with Sandpoint’s Keokee Books through personal ties by Craddock and Shore.

Mostly autobiographical, Be Not Content begins with the 16-year-old Craddock riding his beloved Harley Davidson with the Hells Angels, the outlaw motorcycle club, and getting into brawls and being chased by the cops. It’s an unexpected anomaly for this bright, middle-class kid from Los Gatos, California. Craddock then takes us through his college days publishing an underground newspaper, attending poetry readings with Alan Ginsberg, tripping at one of the first acid tests, and taking for days on end the strongest, most pure doses of LSD – all of it done in Craddock’s quest to understand the meaning of life.

Barely 21 when he finished writing it, Doubleday bought the book in 1968 but held up publication until 1970. The first edition sold out with collectors prizing the few copies available, and copies now selling for as much as $950 in the classic book trade. Be Not Content is a powerful literary coming-of-age narrative that millions of Americans can personally identify with, capturing an unforgettable time in the cultural and sociological history of America.

 

PRAISE FOR BE NOT CONTENT

“Superb in the tradition of Kerouac’s On The Road, with overtones of Ken Kesey and Hunter Thompson’s Hell’s Angels, but Craddock’s style is all his own.”
— Robert Kirsch, 1970 • Los Angeles Times

“The definitive book of the acid-freak movement. A psychedelic pilgrim’s progress of beauty, intelligence, sensitivity.”
— Joseph Haas, 1970 • Chicago Daily News

“An astounding book, so good it defies praise. The writing is superb. Craddock is a born writer with an iceberg of talent.”
— Shane Stevens, 1970 • Chicago Sun Times

“Willam J. Craddock’s masterpiece, legendary to those in the know, is as exhilarating now as ever.”
— Elizabeth McKenzie, 2020. Author of The Portable Veblen, long listed for the 2016 National Book Award

 

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Sandpoint’s Early History

A story of how pioneers carved this city out of a wilderness
By Gary L. Pietsch

Nonfiction, 165 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 softcover
ISBN: 978-1697677539

Aptly titled, “Sandpoint’s Early History” begins at the beginning, with the ice age floods of Glacial Lake Missoula, which had their genesis with the giant ice dam that formed at the mouth of the Clark Fork River at current-day Lake Pend Oreille more than 10,000 years ago.

The story quickly progresses to the history of the native peoples and the first white explorer and surveyor David Thompson in 1809. The bulk of the book is devoted to the varied stories of ensuing waves of settlement sparked by miners and ferryboat operators in the early 1800s, steamboat lines in the 1860s, the completion of the first railroad line through here in 1883, platting the original Sandpoint townsite, “stump farmers” and loggers of the early 1900s, up to the blossoming of community with the construction of the City Beach park in the 1950s.

It’s a wide sweep of Sandpoint’s history and – surprisingly – the first book to tell the town history. Author Gary Pietsch is well qualified to tell the story. Former editor and publisher of the Sandpoint News Bulletin, he subsequently was the proprietor of Selkirk Press and now retired. When he isn’t playing golf, he volunteers his time helping at the Bonner County Historical Museum.

Proceeds from the sale of “Sandpoint’s Early History” benefit the museum and historical society.

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Girls From St. Barts and other tales

By Brooks Tessier
Fiction, 100 pages, softcover

Collected from experiences and places near and far, these stories tell of journeys large and small:

… A homeless man called Plastics.
… Wisdom on molecular motion, from a wizard in Park City.
… The synchronicity of a young surfer’s first wave.
… The reckless speed of a ski racer.
… A lost wallet.
… And those girls from St. Barts.

In this collection of short stories, Sandpoint- and Hawaii-based author Brooks Tessier captures the colorful places, personalities and moments of lives lived outside the normal conventions… and where readers themselves may find they want to venture.

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The SeaFood Bash

When Friends and Fish Don’t Smell After Three Days
By Helena Czepiec and Margie Stevens

Non-fiction, 165 pages, 8 1/2 x 8 1/2  softcover
ISBN: 978-1092644921

Recipies For Nourishing Relationships

Experience the SeaFood Bash, where lifelong friendships are built over food, wine, and play. The SeaFood Bash started in 1976 when we gathered to prepare a lobster dinner in Akron, Ohio. We barely knew each other then. Remarkable, however, we continued to gather under one roof each year for a long weekend. We cook only seafood for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We play mindless games, taste wine, and talk. We share all the cooking, cleanup, costs and fun. Nothing stops us – not death, divorce, nor long-distance relocations. We have become a family of friends. We have been enjoying this tradition for over 40 years.

The SeaFood Bash Books is a memoir of our long-lasting friendship and food based on the SeaFood Bash tradition that we unwittingly created. It is funny, touching and irreverent.

  • Learn how to start your very own friendship tradition.
  • Discover the secrets of how to make it last.
  • Prepare our favorite SeaFood Bash recipes and learn the stories behind them.
  • Reminisce about your own experiences, while laughing and crying along at ours.
  • Eat, Drink, Play.  REPEAT.
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Villages, Voting & Taxes

Second edition published July 2021

Written by Leif Youngberg

Non-fiction, 256 pages, 6 x 9, softcover, photos
Produced in association with Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc.

ISBN  979-8530767029

Over time, voting and taxes have evolved differently in villages all over the world.

In America, the expansion of voting rights has generally correlated with the level of enlightenment of the inhabitants of its villages. Taxes, of course, are a direct result of the voters and shape public policy (e.g. “rivers and lakes should have water clean enough to drink”).

“Villages, Voting and Taxes” tells the story of how a hilarious politician – and after he was declared dead, his estate – achieved a higher quality of life for all breathing beings in an actual village by expanding voting rights and simplifying taxes.

Author Leif Youngberg is a 15-year resident of northern Idaho, where he co-founded and directed Seven Planet, a green merchandising group promoting mindful, socially aware commerce.

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Finding the Light Within

My Journey of Healing After the Holocaust
By Mary Friedmann Berges

Autobiography, 162 pages, 6″ x 9″, softcover
ISBN 9781090532152

Mary Friedmann Berges, a resident of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, shares her story of loss and love in her new memoir, “Finding the Light Within: My Journey of Healing After the Holocaust.”

Mary’s story begins in Belgium, where she was born in 1935. She recalls an early childhood filled with love and laughter in a Jewish family that included her older brother, mother, and father. Then, during World War II in the 1940s, millions of people were sent to concentration camps and killed as part of the German policy to eradicate all European Jews. Thousands of Jewish children survived the carnage, however, because they were hidden by their parents with friends and relatives, or in Catholic orphanages. Mary was one of those children.

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Archer MacClehan & The Hungry Now

Sandy Compton
Fiction, 181 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″ softcover
Published by Blue Mobius Books

ISBN 1-886591-06-7

Idaho-and-Montana author Sandy Compton puts his ample storytelling talents to play in his novel Archer MacClehan & The Hungry Now, a page-turning tale populated by a cast of colorful characters who find themselves at odds in the wilderness – and pulling together for their very survival.

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Driving Past

Tours of Historical Sites in Bonner County, Idaho
By Nancy Renk

Nonfiction, 380 pages plus photos, 6″ x 9″ softcover
ISBN: 978-0-9850554-2-4

Hit the road and travel back into Bonner County’s rich and colorful past!

Explore Bonner Country’s history from the comfort of your car (or your armchair) with his handy, easy-to-follow guidebook. Packed with information, Driving Past helps you discover gems of local lore while enjoying spectacular vistas along each route. Each tour has been meticulously researched and includes maps, directions, distances, stories, and photos about the places, people, and events that shaped Bonner County. Whether you’re a long-time resident or just visiting the area for a day or two, Driving past will deepen your appreciation fo the region and its roots.

Proceeds from the sale of Driving Past benefit the museum and historical society.

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The Mysterious Journey of Captain Hart and Other Tales

Written by Brooks Tessier

Fiction, 101 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″, softcover
Produced in association with Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc

ISBN-13: 978-1688098954

A collection of stories for sailors … and others. From the first tale, featuring the title character Captain Hart set amid the islands of the Caribbean and South Pacific, to the Rocky Mountains to adventures in the stock market, these stories comprise an eclectic collection of colorful characters, locales, and subjects.

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Fish of a Lifetime

Memories and Reflections Spawned by a Life List of Fish
By Al Van Vooren

Nonfiction, 256 pages, 9″x 6″ softcover
ISBN-10: 1074585496
ISBN-13: 978-1074585495

Join author and angler Al Van Vooren as he highlights and reflects on 70 years of fishing with friends and family – and describes how he caught more than 140 different kinds of fish in those seven decades. Through vignettes, short stories and photos, the reader can come along to the creeks, muddy rivers and lakes of the Midwest to the trout streams, whitewater rivers and mountain lakes of the far West; from the blue waters of Hawaii and Costa Rica to the brackish waters of the Everglades; and from the Alaskan tundra to the Amazon jungle. Anglers will find familiar experiences they can relate to, as well as new experiences which may appeal to their sense of adventure. The collected stories are likely to elicit personal reflections and bring some laughs … and maybe even a tear, for anglers and non-anglers alike.

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Cowboy Boots and Other Stories

John Sater
Nonfiction, 128 pages, 6″ x 9″ softcover

ISBN 1-879628-03-1

Northwest native and Bonners Ferry resident John Sater takes readers “back to the present” in rural America in this collection of 44 short essays telling stories from a generation whose mothers went from washboards to washers and whose fathers swore by, and sometimes at, Model A Fords. Cowboy Boots and Other Stories explores common experiences from cleaning chimneys and growing gardens, catching mice and raising pigs, to outsmarting ornery chickens.

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Through the Lens of History

The Life Journey of a Cinematographer
By Erik Daarstad
Nonfiction, 588 pages, 6.25″ x 9.25″ hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-879628-49-6

The author writes: “As I approached retirement after a long career as a cinematographer I thought I would try to put down on paper what my life and work had been like and tell about some of the people I had met during my journey.

From being born and growing up in Norway during World War II, it had spanned 80 years of parts of two centuries. From a young age I loved movies, the process of moviemaking and helping to tell stories. Doing mainly documentaries gave me the wonderful opportunity to travel and meet and work with many different walks of life, from presidents and celebrities to fishermen and farmers. I also wanted to share something about my wife and our children and our life together during the last few decades of the 20th Century.

Because so many things happened during the period that I was part of, I decided to weave many historical events and personalities into the story to give a sense of what the last part of the 20th Century and the beginning of the 21st Century had been like and the changes that had happened – for better of for worse. All of it had been very much part of my life.”

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The Adventures of a Helicopter Pilot

Flying the H-34 Helicopter in Vietnam for the United States Marine Corps

By Bill Collier
Nonfiction, 234 pages, 9″ x 6″

ISBN 978-1-500936-13-6

This is a spellbinding, firsthand account of what it was like to pilot a Marine Corps H-34 helicopter in combat during “The Helicopter War” in Vietnam. As a brand-new United States Naval Aviator with a mere 187.5 hours of helicopter flight experience, Second Lieutenant Bill Collier had many exciting adventures. Many were just a bit too exciting, some were horrific and a few were terrifying! Some were humorous. This is the true story of his experiences during his 13 months in the war. Bill watched friends die violently and stood many times 
eye-to-eye and toe-to-toe with Death himself. Each time, Death flinched.

 

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Snowboard Wisdom

100 reflections on life and riding
By Nick Appl
Nonfiction, 140 pages paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1518630613

What can snowboarding teach us about life? A lot, actually. Life can be unpredictable, bumpy and harsh. Same goes for snowboarding, but it also has the potential for experiencing the highest of highs. In this small but elegantly stated volume, author and rider Nick Appl explores snowboarding as an analogy for all the discoveries, emotions, values and lessons that everyday life can offer. As anyone who rides a snowboard – or yearns to learn – can attest, the act is perfectly suited to teach us about what happiness means and how to find more of it.

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Sandra Salo Deutchman: Collection of Selected Paintings 1978-2016

Nonfiction, 64 pages, 7″ x 10″
Four color on premium gloss stock

This monograph of the paintings of Sandra Salo Deutchman began, as she writes “as a visual diary, as self-made evidence of what I’ve seen, the places I’ve been and the emotions I’ve felt. As in a diary, you write of intense feelings, experiences and observations… Sometimes what you write tells you things about yourself you would not have known in any other way. So it is when I begin to paint.”

Deutchman is an Emerita Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University. In her 50-plus years of painting, teaching, lecturing, exhibitions and writing for publication she has lived and worked in Denmark and Australia as well as painting during extended visits to Mexico and Hawaii. She now lives in North Idaho.

The monograph includes reproductions of the artist’s work in acrylic and gouache – most of which are now in private collections. Sandra continues to paint and show her work.

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CIA Super Pilot Spills the Beans

Flying Helicopters in Laos for Air America
By Captain Bill Collier

Non-fiction, 6″ x 9″

Publication date: June 2017

From his first-person perspective, retired U.S. Marine Corps pilot Bill Collier tells about the CIA’s secret battle in Laos during the Vietnam War.

Collier’s service with Air America, the CIA’s secretly owned airline, was part of the largest paramilitary operation ever undertaken by the agency, and he tells the story of a close-knit group of young men and their adventures in Long Tieng, Thailand, and Hong Kong.

This is the second book from Bill Collier, who previously authored his first-hand account of flying in combat during the Vietnam War in “The Adventures of a Helicopter Pilot,” also available here through Keokee Books.

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Call Me Crazy: Adventures of a Psychic

ISBN/EAN13: 1532782373 / 9781532782374
Non-fiction paperback, 224 pages; 6″ x 9″

Marsha has been a psychic with integrity for 35 years. She has traveled all over the world lecturing and speaks three languages. She has appeared on ABC, NBC and CBS as well as several radio shows during her spiritual quest. Her accuracy rate is over 80% and she specializes in timelines of when events will occur in your readings.

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