Best Book Fair (and the First!)

Next Saturday from 10 to 2 in Boise, at the Cole & Ustick library.

Organized by Idaho Sisters in Crime, it is your chance to meet your favorite local Mystery / Thriller / Suspense / Paranormal / Crime authors in person and talk with them about their books.

Authors include: Brook Peterson, Stuart Gustafson, Bill Riley, Callen Durand, Janis McCurry, Julie Howard, Laura Jenski, Gail Park, Christi Nogle, Julie Weston, Madonna Pendragon, Cheryl Flinn, Brad Mathews, and Sherry Briscoe.

This is their inaugural book fair. Drop by and browse and/or chat!

Sun Valley Writers’ Conference

If you weren’t able to attend this prestigious event in August (which is already accepting registrations for SVWC2024!), you can still benefit by watching these recorded interviews — either:

On Fridays 1 December through 29 December, well-known host Marcia Franklin will interview: Dr. Abraham Verghese, Hernan Diaz, David Grann, Andrea Elliott, and Mohsin Hamid.

A New Boise Book Faire!

The beginning of November saw a new event in the Treasure Valley: the Boise Public Library’s first annual Boise Book Faire.

As this page on the BPL’s website details, this was an opportunity for attendees to connect with talented local authors showcasing a broad variety of books in a range of genres. Authors were available for meeting and chatting with, and the Library had scheduled several 45-minute workshops.

Over twenty authors from throughout Idaho took part in this inaugural event:

Taylor Van Arsdale, LL (Laurie) Bower, E. N. Crane, Dena Parker Duke, Matt Edwards, Rebecca Evans, Taylor R. Gray, J. Guzman, Merri Halma, S. F. Harris, Margaret Koger, James T. Lambert, J. Brandon Lowry, Patricia Marcantonio, Brad Mathews, Bryan McBee, Christi Nogle, Brock Poulsen, Amy Maren Rice, Dawn R. Schuldenfrei, Nicole Sharp, Madi Vale, and Cindi V. Walton

Attendee and author-participant Margaret Koger passed along this, from organizer Josh Shapel: We had 23 authors attend the event, with just slightly over 200 attendees during the 4 hours it was open. The Library printed three holiday gift guides (for kids, teens, and adults), with book recommendations gathered from the staff. We considered it a successful first year and look forward to seeing it develop further in the future.

Writers and Readers: Calendar this new opportunity!

Photo by Kate Bezzubets on Unsplash

Writers in Residence

Idaho is graced with several Writers in Residence. (Note: If you know of others, feel free to let me know and I will add to this post as appropriate.)

  • The writer must apply and be evaluated.
  • The post is for a limited duration (from months to years).
  • The recipient receives a stipend.
  • The Writer in Residence is typically expected to present public events, speaking about their work and/or the craft of writing.

Idaho

Kerri Webster is the state of Idaho’s Writer in Residence for 2024-2025. She is the recipient of numerous prizes for her work and is the author of four books of poetry. She’s a former professor of poetry at Boise State University and has taught poetry at Boise’s The Cabin.

Other recent Idaho Writers in Residence include: CMarie Fuhrman, Malia Collins, Christian Winn, Diane Raptosh, Brady Udall, Anthony Doerr, and Kim Barnes. Read more about Idaho’s Writer in Residence program.

Hemingway House

The Community Library manages the Hemingway House Writer in Residence program which appears to have a shorter duration and is definitely by invitation only. Read more about it on these pages:

Boise

The City of Boise has just inaugurated a Writer-in-Residence program, as we mentioned in this post last July. This initiative is a collaborative program between the Boise City Department of Arts & History, Boise Public Library, and The Cabin.

The post is funded by the City of Boise and the initial six-month residency was awarded to Heidi Kraay and Natalie Disney, alumni and teachers at Boise State University (links to article detailing their background).

Natalie Disney is currently serving (Oct. 2023 through March 2024) and Heidi Kraay will serve Apr. 2024 through September 2024.

Header image from the Punctuation Personified collection (circa 1824)

Test Your Lit-Wits

The Cabin is hosting a Literary Trivia Night on Wednesday, 13 September. The cost is only $10 (discount for teams) and it promises to be fun.

Join with other Lit-Wits (sorry; I can’t let it go) in the Treasure Valley for this fun event.

Location: Lost Grove Brewing, 1026 S. La Pointe St. in downtown Boise.

More on their website.

PETRICHOR is here – a new Idaho writers’ publication

Margaret Koger has written to let us know that the group Boise Spoken Word will shortly be coming out with a new chapbook featuring the work of several Idaho writers. You’ll find several of Koger’s poems, including: “The Muses Sing,” “The Rosebud,” “Who Called Himself Black Sheep,” and “The Shoemaker’s Ashes”.

Read more about Boise Spoken Word and their mission, and download their previous publication Home Grown: An Anthology of Local Voices from their website.

Mark your calendar for a celebration of the new chapbook at Clairvoyant Brewing (2800 W. Idaho St. location, in Boise) on Monday 28 August from 7 to 9 p.m. (MT).

Food & Family

The 2023 TREASURE VALLEY READS selection is Madhushree Ghosh’s Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family.

A book which received much attention when it was released last year, it was published by University of Iowa Press (further reviews on that page):

Khabaar is a food memoir and personal narrative that braids the global journeys of South Asian food through immigration, migration, and indenture. Focusing on chefs, home cooks, and food stall owners, the book questions what it means to belong and what does belonging in a new place look like in the foods carried over from the old country? 

Join in with Treasure Valley Reads for 2023. Contact your local library for more information on any local events.

Khabaar is available at Rediscovered Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

Photos courtesy of the author’s website.

QUICK: Do This Survey

If you’re an independent (self-publishing) author who spends more than half their worktime on writing and publishing, ALLI (the Alliance of Independent Authors) is requesting your input.

Like right now. (Survey closes, I believe, in a matter of days.)

Here’s the survey link: SelfPublishingAdvice.org/survey23

If you want a bit more background, here’s more discussion on ALLI’s Self-Publishing News website.