Turtlemoon Publishing presents author Jackie Henrion, who will sign copies of her book Rerooted, on Sunday, Aug. 25 from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Hotel Hope, 126 W. Main St., in Hope, Idaho. Henrion will give a short talk about the book at 1 p.m.
Rerooted is a locally inspired story that fluidly jumps between Marie Root, the historic turn of the century independent woman behind the Hope Hotel, and the author’s current poetic meanderings. She masterfully weaves in expansive thoughts that range from the women slave trade history to the #metoo movement.
When songwriter Jackie Henrion and her husband talked about where in the world they wanted to live she said, “Why would you ever leave this corner of the nation? It’s like the Garden of Eden.” When they began construction of their home on the Hope peninsula in 2003, they stayed at the historic Hotel Hope. In the hotel’s saloon, Henrion became fascinated by a decorative stained glass image of a woman. The image would prove to be a pivot point her life. She began by writing the song “Marie,” which appeared on her 2008 CD titled, “Mamaloose Music” (iTunes). The song was based on early research of the hotel and owner, and she performed it frequently at the Hope Cafe, Sandpoint’s Bistro Cafe at the Bridge, and at the Bitter End Cafe in New York City. Henrion later discovered that Marie Root, the subject of the stained glass image, had also moved from her home in the east and re-settled in Hope about one hundred years earlier. Henrion decided to continue developing the story as the basis for an MFA in creative writing at Naropa University’s “Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.”
“I saw that there were a number of good regional MFA programs, but with Naropa’s lineage from the Beat Poets in my hometown of NYC, a spiritual component of Buddhism, as well as a branch for transpersonal psychology, I sensed that would be the kind environment that would work for me. Since the hotel was, at one point, run as a brothel, I was curious to see if the school would help me develop a language and form to deal with moral and cultural issues in a way that was relevant to ever increasing disclosures of #MeToo situations. I could never have predicted how this story would transform my own thinking and help me create a unique presentation of it.”
After reading the book, the current owner of the hotel, John Ross, agreed to open the saloon despite the fact that the hotel is now a private residence offered for sale. Not ordinarily open to the public, this event will be a unique opportunity to see the stained glass image which served as the author’s inspiration.
Further information can be found at the Author’s Guild site jackiehenrion.com.
Books will be available for sale at the event or can be purchased as print or kindle on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/173316720X/ref=nodl_
Turtlemoon Publishing is an independent publishing company dedicated to rites of passage and legacy stories for grandmothers, mothers and daughters.