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A&E News for the Week of December 1-7

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Bra Project Winners

The first ever Bra Project to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research was held Friday, November 12 at the Woman of Steel Gallery. The event called for artists to construct a bra to be auctioned off to the highest bidder with all proceeds benefiting to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The artists' creations were modeled at the sold-out event while ticket holders placed bids on the creations and voted for their favorite. Entries utilized every type of material imaginable including, but not limited to, barbed wire and live gold fish.

Artist and silversmith Kay Seurat's mixed media Mamm-O-Slam 5000 won first place in the People's Choice Award. The second place award went to Sherri Chatham for her barbed wire creation, Victoria's Dark Secret. Savitri Guard, a fashion designer and recent transplant from Los Angeles took third place for her elegant satin and beads, Over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder. Irene Deely, owner of Woman of Steel Gallery, plans to host Bra Project 2005 next fall.

Library Book Club Service

Do you need to borrow several copies of a book for your book club? Boise Public Library has got you covered. Thanks to their new service, Books for Book Clubs, a book club representative can reserve several copies of a single title at one time, months in advance. Those copies can then be checked out for an extended period of six weeks, and all books can be returned by a single member at the most convenient participating library (Ada, Boise, Caldwell, Eagle, Garden City, Meridian and Nampa). For a complete list of titles and more details, visit www.boisepubliclibrary.org under Books for Book Clubs.

Idaho Humanities Council Call for Grant Proposals

It's time again to apply for major, mini and teacher incentive grants for humanities projects and programs. The Idaho Humanities Council supports projects in literature, history, philosophy, ethics, languages, archaeology, art history and other humanities disciplines involving Idaho citizens. Interested applicants should first review the grants information on the IHC Web site (www.idahohumanities.org) or in the grant guidelines booklet. The next step is to contact IHC staff (rick@idahohumanities.org) to discuss project ideas before submitting a rough draft for review. Final grant proposals are due January 15, 2005. Contact IHC at 345-5347 for more information.

IDAHO REVIEW RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION

The Idaho Review, an annual literary journal published by Boise State University's program in creative writing, has once more had its fiction and poems selected for reprint in upcoming national prize anthologies. A short story by award-winning writer Rick Bass, titled "Pagans," will be reprinted in the 2004 edition of New Stories from the South, and "Horseflies," a poem by Idaho poet Robert Wrigley, has been reprinted in The Pushcart Prize 2005: Best of the Small Presses. Ron Carlson's story, also titled "Pagans," and Joy Williams' story, "The Girls," were also listed in the Pushcart Prize's "Special Mention" section. Finally, Edith Pearlman's story "How to Fall" made the "Top 100" list in The Best American Short Stories 2004, edited by Lorrie Moore. All these works were first published in Volume V (2003) or Volume VI (2004) of The Idaho Review. "These are the highest honors in literary publishing," said Mitch Wieland, founding editor of the journal and a creative writing professor at Boise State. "The editors at these big prize anthologies screen thousands of stories and poems published each year and reprint only the top ones. Needless to say, we're absolutely thrilled."

The 2004 edition of The Idaho Review is available for $10.95 at Boise Book & Game Company, Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, The Boise State Bookstore, or by calling 1-800-992-8398, Ext. 1362. Back issues are available through the Boise State Bookstore. :

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