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Country Bookshelf, Elk River Books, Bangtail Press Events

Allen Jones, who owns Bangtail Press, had the great idea of publishing three books -- one with Bozeman area writers, one with Livingston, one with Missoula. This week were the celebrations. I am proud to be in the Bozeman book, along with writers I so admire, e.g. David Quammen. The event in Livingston last night was attended by such a crowd that people were packed in a large space standing. (The new Elk River Books is now 2 big floors, nice wood, very charming.) It was catered by a favorite place of mine with pulled pork sandwiches and slaw Almost everyone read, including Tim Cahill, John Clayton, & Scott McMillion; Walter Kirn made up a story while waiting for his turn. I was struck by how funny so many pieces were. This was the kind of night I really enjoy. Read More 
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Fact & Fiction bookstore in Missoula

I love this bookstore and always go there when in town. On Saturday, April 19th, I will discuss my latest book, Your Soul at a Crossroads, With Steps You Can Take Not to Lose It. This book is for the serious issues of our lives. That does not mean just the sad ones; it also means when you feel the urge to grow and expand and you don't know your next step. I love helping people in this way. If you can't come, you might like to get the book. As an ebook, it's the price of a latte. Read More 
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At Barjons Bookstore Billings, Saturday

If you're in or near Billings, come to Barjons Bookstore at 1:30 for my program and signing. Be sure to browse their wonderful books. I'm eager and it looks like the weather will be cooperating.
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Pyschology, Philosophy, Let's See More

Here's an editorial I wrote that was published this week in Publishers Weekly, the industry's magazine

Pubweekly
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Publishing workshop March 30

Getting ready to send out description of my newest and most the up-to-the-minute pub workshop March 30th.
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San Francisco

My present to myself, days in SF devoted to art, books, movies, music, and food! Have tickets already to David Hockney show and Apple Store workshops. Also, will spend time with dear friend & artist, Sas Colby.
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James Strecker review

James Strecker Reviews the Arts

YOUR SOUL AT A CROSSROADS (With Steps You Can Take Not to Lose It) by VALERIE HARMS
Posted on November 26, 2013 by strecker
While Valerie Harms’ latest book, Your Soul at a Crossroads, is a concise 100 pages in length, its 17 sections draw on the author’s lifetime of intense exploration into inner and outer worlds. The result is a spiritually seductive and life-affirming guide for those with some inkling that their existence has profound but, as yet, unrealized goods to deliver. Happily, one tends to trust Harms as an advisor because, in the book’s deeply personal autobiographical passages, she verifies that she well knows from experience both life’s sorrows and its epiphanies, its loves and its losses. One is impressed and reassured by the range of her experience, since Harms has taken, over the years, many paths to reach some understanding of herself and her world. She has also documented a number of these spiritual journeys in other of her books.
Consider these previous works: The Inner Lover which explores how to use passion for another as a means to self-empowerment and not to the usual entanglement; Dreaming of Animals which addresses our present and potential relationships with a variety of animals on a physical and psychic level; National Audubon Society Almanac of the Environment: The Ecology of Everyday Life whose “sections include ecology relating to our bodies, homes, communities, land and ocean, global politics”; Celebration with Anais Nin which is based on “an intimate weekend conference with Anais” ; and even Tryin’ To Get to You, The Story of Elvis Presley -and, yes, she knew Elvis and, yes, that’s the two of them on the book’s cover.
Most essential is Harms’ training and extensive experience as an Intensive Journal Consultant. Harms has here selectively recycled a few appropriate aspects of the Intensive Journal, a method created by depth psychologist Ira Progoff, one of the author’s mentors. Always, however, references to other books and methods are integrated into what one senses to be a unique approach. One also senses that resources which have been of benefit to the author of Your Soul at a Crossroads might be of use to the reader as well. Thus, one is thankful for the evocative, if necessarily brief, introductions to, say, Ira Progoff, or Carl Jung, or sexual groundbreaker Annie Sprinkle and her Eco-bliss.
We each have a life and Harms is willing to share hers, make an example of it, make it useful for others. She is also willing to explain the methods she has used to expand her realm of consciousness in order to exist more fully as a human being. In Your Soul at a Crossroads, Harms sets up an accepting context for the reader’s exploration into the meanings of existence and makes such exploration seem inviting, invigorating, fulfilling, and absolutely essential. It’s a book that invites one to live the riches of the unknown and, at the same time, it provides the techniques to be more fully alive as one does so. It’s a gem of a book.
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Silence and the Soul on Huffington Post

Am excited to have new blog on Huffington Post about my book...
Article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/valerie-harms/silence-the-soul_b_4192659.html
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2 best books this month

Two of the best books I've read this month are:
Jewelry Box by Aurelie Sheehan (I have to admit she's my daughter but the book shows much artistry.
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, a big fast-moving book about a 19th c. woman botanist. Excellent characters, theme, places. It's totally absorbing.
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The picture before reading

Bozeman's Country Bookshelf is so beautiful. I was lucky to have many friends and former workshop participants attend. I also got to wear my new purple pants and had my hair fixed up by Trevor at Theory salon. Then I went to Macy's and had Gretchen do a light makeup. Then I was struck by inspiration and asked my neighbor, Alexis Pike, who teaches photography at MSU, to take a photo of me with my short hair. She obliged and brought over a light reflector and in 10 minutes turned out the best pix of me yet. Thanks, Alexis.  Read More 
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