‘She Rides Wild Horses’
When Jess Camilla O’Neal released her book, “She Rides Wild Horses,” on April 11, she didn’t know quite what to expect.
The response blew her away.
The book, which tells the story of her recovery from trauma through riding, music and, as O’Neal said, “Wyoming,” became a No. 1 best seller on the American, English, Australian and Canadian Kindle stores. After two and half years of writing the book as part of her own healing process, she realized she hadn’t thought about a key aspect of publishing a best seller.
“I didn’t necessarily think about so many people reading it,” O’Neal said. “I didn’t hold anything back. It’s all out there — I’m pretty much as naked as can be.”
O’Neal is now dealing with the aftermath of publication, responding to people who reach out to her to talk about how her story resonates with their own.
“The responses I’ve been getting from people are so powerful and also painful,” she said. “I didn’t necessarily think about the relationship that would happen after [publication].”
From 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Jackson Hole Playhouse, O’Neal will host a free celebration of the book’s launch. She will read from “She Rides Wild Horses,” play songs with some of her siblings — many of whom, like O’Neal, are involved in the arts world — and sign copies of her book.
The celebration is a preparation of sorts for the tour O’Neal is planning for the book. She is hoping to find old, eclectic theater spaces across the country and embark on a one-woman show to sing songs and perform stories related to the book. The script for that show is in process, but she is ready to kick back and celebrate Sunday.
“I’ve been a little more of work horse than a party horse, so I want to actually celebrate,” O’Neal said.
Go fetch, or find
Still looking for a literary fix?
On Monday evening Jackson Hole Book Trader will host Susan Purvis, the author of “Go Find: My Journey to Find the Lost — and Myself,” an outdoor adventure memoir about her work training search and rescue dogs.
Purvis is a lead instructor with Wilderness Medical Associates and the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, which, among other things, develops curriculum for and hosts avalanche trainings throughout the winter season.
Purvis will drop into Jackson Hole Book Trader from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday for a book reading and signing. The event is free to attend. For details see JHBookTrader.com.
Thinking of getting out into the backcountry for a start-of-summer backpacking trip?
Teton County Search and Rescue, which has responded to two snow sports incidents in Cody Bowl in the past few weeks, is hosting a class about summer snow travel to give you the know-how to make smart decisions and keep yourself safe in the backcountry. The class will touch on using ski poles and ice axes to travel in low-consequence environments and will consist of a two-hour classroom session and three-hour field session on Teton Pass.
The class, which costs $25, is limited to 10 people. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, kicking off at the Teton County Search and Rescue’s hangar.
To register and find information visit BackcountryZero.com.
Bike to work
Temperatures are rising, the Snake River is high and we’ve had three consecutive days of sun.
It must be spring. Or maybe early summer.
At the very least it’s Bike to Work Day this Thursday, when Jackson Hole Community Pathways and Friends of Pathways will team up to fuel morning riders with free pastries from Persephone Bakery and Picnic. Bikers who bring their own mugs will also be able to pick up free coffee. Morning fuel stations will be set up from 7 to 10 a.m. Thursday at both locations and also at the Stilson START bus stop and Jackson Hole General Store (after 8 a.m.).
For information visit Facebook.com; search “Bike to Work Day.”
Get shutter happy
Shutter hounds, unite.
Grizzly 399 and 679, known as Bruno, were out and about this weekend, and Capture Icons, a photography workshop company, is hosting a class this week to help photographers in the making get out, learn the craft and shoot some great wildlife photos.
Ryan Smith, Capture Icons’ owner, and Jerry Patterson, will share shutter secrets throughout Grand Teton National Park in locations well known and not.
The four-day workshop, which comes with a $1,295 price tag, will run from 3:30 p.m. June 6 to 9 a.m. June 10. For information visit Facebook.com; search “Icons of the Tetons.”
Watch paint dry
“He love me.”
That was what Todd Kosharek’s son scrawled on a note to his father one day while Kosharek was stressed out and painting. Kosharek’s latest exhibit, “Nectar,” featuring words from notes written by his son and wife, opened last week at Altamira Fine Art. As part of the opening the artist has been giving live painting demonstrations. His second, which is free, will run from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Altamira Gallery.
For information visit Facebook.com; search “Painting demonstration with Todd Kosharek.”
Pizza for pathways
Pizza for a Purpose is back, this time benefiting Friends of Pathways.
From 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday a portion of all pie sales at Hand Fire Pizza will benefit the nonprofit, which advocates for and maintains bike trails all around Jackson Hole.
For information visit Facebook.com; search “Pizza for a Purpose.”
Tie one on
WorldCast Anglers will host a women’s fly-fishing clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday (location TBD). The clinic is intended for those without much fly-fishing experience, so if you’ve been looking for an excuse to get into some waders and gear up for the summer fishing season, this class is for you.
WorldCast guide Brenda Swinney will teach the class, which costs $125, including instruction, lunch, drinks and a $25 WorldCast gift card. It is limited to 10 participants.
Afford your housing
Looking to buy property or just get into the affordable housing lottery?
The Young Professionals of the Tetons, the Housing Trust, First Interstate Bank and the Jackson Teton County Affordable Housing Department are all set to team up tonight on an event for people interested in learning about applying for affordable housing in Teton County. Speakers will cover two kinds of housing applications as well as methods for financing a new house.
The event, free, is set to run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight at The Wort Hotel. For information visit Facebook.com; search “affordable housing session.”
Steward Shadow Mountain
If you think you’ve ever left some trash behind on Shadow Mountain, now’s your chance to give back.
Friends of the Bridger-Teton are hosting a Shadow Mountain Stewardship Day Friday to clean up the local campground in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Volunteers will work from noon to 4 p.m., and a community barbecue will follow from 4:30 to 6. Volunteers will install 20 new signs, dismantle fire rings, pull weeds and pick up trash.
— Billy Arnold