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Authors Offer Peek at Four Hills of Ketchum and More
Monday, June 10, 2019



The woods and mountain peaks of Ketchum of the 1950s left an indelible impression on a young Dana Quinney. A mountain girl through and through, she followed her love for unplowed, unskied, untracked and unpeopled wilds to a distinguished career in field biology.

And now she’s telling her story in the memoir “Wildflower Girl,” which is grounded in white buttercups, beaver ponds and old mines in what Quinney calls “The Four Hills of Ketchum.”

Quinney, the daughter of Bernice and Clayton “Stew” Stewart, will recount her story in a free reading at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 at Ketchum’s Community Library.

The book recounts such familiar places as Knob Hill, Lake Creek and North Fork—the latter, in a chapter called “The Ghosts of North Fork.”

“It is a place that was real, but unavailable to anyone in today’s world, unless you allow this book to take you there,” said Margaret “Mib” Brown Kelly, a childhood friend of Quinney’s.

That reading will be followed on Wednesday, June 12, by another familiar local who was smitten with the magic of the wilds—John Rember.

Rember, who lives in the Sawtooth Valley near Stanley, will share his newest essay, “On Going to My Sixtieth High School Reunion, or What I Think About While Running Uphill,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 12.

The essay is a meditation on aging, adolescent selves, authoritarian rulers, environmental super-villains, the dinosaurs who were too big to get on Noah’s Ark and getting together with old classmates in the afterlife.

Typical John Rember!



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