On All Hallows Day (1 November), the Boise Senior Center will host a “Lunch & Learn” with authors:
- Bonnie Schroeder (Turn Back the Clocks)
- Julie Howard (The Three Widows of Wylder)
- Laura Jenski (The South Dakota Beech Diet, A Motorhome Murder Mystery)
These entertaining writers will talk about their experiences as authors and what they’re writing now.
Time: 12:15 (just after noon). Here’s the Boise Senior Center page with location guide and map.
As part of the Star, Idaho Writers Read program (which we recently posted about), Candy Priano will be reading from her completed memoir relating her story about why for two decades she has continued to challenge a police chase law that values apprehending nonviolent suspects above the lives of innocent bystanders — like Priano’s daughter, Kristie, who lost her life at age fifteen.
Following her daughter’s death, she became the Founder and Victims Services Advocate for PursuitSAFETY, a National 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization. PursuitSAFETY’s mission is to prevent innocent bystanders and police officers from being needlessly killed or injured as a result of police chase crashes to capture nonviolent offenders.
Writers Read is a program which hosts local writers reading from their works. Authors and audience members are both invited to reach out to Tina Johnson to learn more; her email address is in this first posting from December.
It’s been a few months, so we thought we’d check back in with organizer Tina Johnson to see how the WRITERS READ program in Star, Idaho is going.
Recall we first wrote about this opportunity for writers in December.
Tina reports that she thinks writers have found the evening to be a good experience — and I am not surprised!
The program will continue on the third Tuesday of each month through June, at which point it will take a brief break for the summer, and resume in the fall.
This could be a great event for Treasure Valley writers. Learn more about it, including how to sign up, in our earlier posting.
Idaho author Julie Weston has a book presentation at 5:30 p.m. MT on Thursday, 2 February, at the Hailey Public Library. The book: MOON BONES, a Nellie Burns and Moonshine Mystery, the 5th in the series.
A book signing will follow.
The death of a Chinese man leads photographer Nellie Burns and Sheriff Asteguitoiri to Vienna, a ghost town in the Stanley Basin in 1920’s Idaho. Sammy Ah Kee, who taught Nellie to drive, found the man’s body and is accused of killing him. With the help of Nellie’s dog Moonshine, they discover a conspiracy dedicated to enslaving Chinese immigrants.
Find the book at Bookshop.org (supporting your local bookshop), Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.
We want YOU.
A New Program in the Treasure Valley Solicits Writers
If you’re a writer, you might find it difficult to get your work into potential readers’ hands (and ears). Writers Read, a program in Star, addresses the problem by giving writers a chance to read their work in public.
Mark your calendar
Location: Ada Community Library, Star Branch
Free, starting at 5:30 p.m. MT
- 17 January
- 21 February
- 21 March
Your participation will encourage the organizers to continue!
More about it
Every month we’ll meet, featuring up to four authors per event. Participants can read anything they’re working on:
- fiction, poetry
- children’s lit
- graphic novels
Writers Read organizer Tina Johnson is looking for writers to read at upcoming events in January, February, and March. “We’re inviting writers with all levels of experience across the Treasure Valley and beyond. “We’re excited to hear from teen as well as adult writers,” she said.
Be the audience
The program also seeks audience members. “It’s a great event for listeners as well,” Johnson said. The program lasts about an hour and includes time to chat with authors around the refreshment table.
If you have any questions, contact Tina Johnson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To sift out spam, please use this subject line — Writers Read Firstname Lastname — for example, Writers Read Jane Smith
Tickets are currently available for Amor Towles‘ appearance 7 February at the Morrison Center (in Boise) as organized by The Cabin.
Towles is the acclaimed author of the bestselling novels Rules of Civility, A Gentleman in Moscow, and The Lincoln Highway.
Tickets are going fast.
Great lesson: sign up for your local public library’s newsletter! This is how I learned about a Book Release Party for LUMBERJACKULA, a hilarious middle-grade story about a boy with a lumberjack mom, a vampire dad — a boy who just wants to be a dancer.
The event is Tuesday 19 July 2022 from 3 – 5 p.m. MT in the William F. Hayes Memorial Auditorium in Boise’s Main Library downtown with help from Rediscovered Books. Read more about it on the Library!’s website.
Author Mat Heagerty and his family moved to Boise in the fall of 2021. You can read this interview on IdahoPress.com … or visit Mat’s website.
As you can see from the header graphic, this isn’t Mat’s first book — just his most recent, and we look forward to many more!
The Cabin has arranged its first in-person “Readings & Conversations” in nearly two years, and the author is none other than Anthony Doerr.
The tickets gain you access to either an in-person seat at the Morrison Center in Boise, or you can choose to live-stream it. Mark your calendar for Thursday, 13 January 2022. More details on The Cabin’s website, including a ticket sales link.