Ketchum native and author Dana Stewart Quinney will return to the Wood River Valley this week for a public reading of her new autobiography, “Wildflower Girl: A Lifelong Journey Beyond the Trail,” at the Hailey Public Library at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3.

The book tells a series of true stories reflecting on the day-to-day life of the Wood River Valley in the 1940s-’60s. It serves as an insightful time capsule capturing what life was like, and includes anecdotes like the opening of the original Gold Mine, the filming of a scene from “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and more.

“If you ask most people if they know the current phase of the moon, what plants once grew wild where their home now stands, what forces shaped the landscape outside their windows, what creatures scurry through the nearby grass, do they know?” asked Quinney. “This book is a small celebration of the richness and magic that such knowledge can bring to anyone who reaches.”

This event is free and open to the public. Visit for more information.

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