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!

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

Meet the Authors!

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.

Fifteen Forever

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.

Star-ring: You!

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!

Scheduling update

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.

  • 18 April
  • 16 May
  • 20 June

This could be a great event for Treasure Valley writers. Learn more about it, including how to sign up, in our earlier posting.

Hailey, Idaho Murder Mystery

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 (supporting your local bookshop), Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

Treasure Valley Writer?

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
  • memoir
  • children’s lit
  • nonfiction
  • 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:
To sift out spam, please use this subject line — Writers Read Firstname Lastname — for example, Writers Read Jane Smith

And Dad’s a Vampire?!

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 … 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!

Doerr @ Morrison Center

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.