I helped make a documentary called Wallace, and it just made its world premiere at the Sun Valley Film Festival. Now, we’re bringing the short film back to its hometown on the last Friday & Saturday of April.
Where: The Sixth Street Melodrama & Theater in Wallace, Idaho Dates and Times: April 26th and 27th, with showings at 6:30 and 7:30 pm Price: Free
We encourage donations to the Melodrama, so please bring some cash with you. Tickets are now only available at the door, on a first-come-first-served basis only.
If you reserved tickets already and haven’t picked them up yet, your tickets will be available at the Melodrama. I will be there, too, so just ask for me if you run into any problems!
In case you missed it, my research was featured in a recent Nostalgia video! Thought I would share it again below…
If you want to learn more, come to my book talk with photos at BookPeople in Moscow, 7:00 pm, Thursday, March 8.
Nostalgia Presents: “Chuck King’s Guide to Spokane History”
Episode 4: “Selling Sex in the Silver Valley”
On Episode 4 of the King’s Guide, Chuck King introduces you to Dr. Heather Branstetter, author of the fascinating book, “Selling Sex in the Silver Valley: A Business Doing Pleasure.” What does it mean when a community agrees that “you don’t have to obey the laws, but you do have to follow the rules?”
Heather’s book gives readers an idea of who the women of Wallace, Idaho were and what they contributed to their community’s identity and fortune during a century of mining, hard drinking, illegal gambling, and yes, prostitution. Read her article on her book, published in Nostalgia Magazine, online here.
Come see me at the Sixth Street Melodrama this Saturday from 2:00-4:00 pm! I’ll be reading with three other authors after the Founder’s Day parade. We will all be selling and signing books as well. For more information about this Saturday’s big event, click here: https://www.wallacefoundersday.com/events.
In the Spokane Public Radio studio holding a copy of the book
After the show, I met up with a guy who told me an interesting story about Dolores… I’m still getting some new stories and so pleased that you all are writing in to share your own experiences. I’ll post them here in the next few weeks. In the meantime, keep sending them in. You can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have something you’d like to share.
I’m working on a follow-up book that will add to the history of the houses but focus mainly on the story of the FBI Raid in 1991 and the history of federal intervention in the Silver Valley. I’ll write more about this soon, but welcome your stories about this subject area as well…
I keep selling out my copies almost as soon as the publisher can ship them out to me, but I just got another bunch of books in yesterday, so if you still haven’t snagged your own copy yet, you can order a signed copy for $22.00 by clicking the “Buy Now” button below, where you can pay using your PayPal account or a credit card. They ship via Media Mail, which means they arrive very quickly if you’re near me, but can take up to a week to travel the country…
Melissa Luck’s four minute story about the book and the town broadcast on the channel four evening news last Friday.
Before the interview, I was a little worried that the show would inevitably go the direction of either romanticizing or sensationalizing sex work in Wallace. But talking with the journalist/producer turned out to be easier than I anticipated. She somehow made me feel comfortable, like we were just having a conversation, despite the big camera lens and lights in my face.
Talking with Melissa Luck at the Oasis Bordello Museum (photo taken from her blog)
I thought the resulting show was professional, multi-faceted, and intimate in tone. But you can judge for yourself by watching it here.
Also, Melissa posted a review of my book on her Blogger site, where she is documenting her resolution to read a book per week this year. Check it out! P.S., her other book reviews are worth your time to read as well — her perspective is funny and feminist, too (imagine that).
More books finally arrive later today! Just in time for my reading and signing event at the Wallace District Mining Museum Thursday, June 8 at 6 pm, if you want to join us.