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The Idaho Writer's Guild's Random Readings

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Many of us have a book of some sort simmering in a crockpot in the back of our brains. Be it the next great American fiction masterpiece, a tawdry wind-swept romance or a historical overview of sedimentary rocks in Ada County, there's latent literary greatness lurking all around. The Idaho Writer's Guild, an arm of The Cabin that offers "networking, employment and educational opportunities" for the Idaho writing community, has started a new program to help local writers turn that crockpot medley into a published pot roast.

Random Readings is a quarterly series that kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 1-3 p.m. at The Cabin's Jean Wilson Reading Room. The series will offer writers and readers the opportunity to congregate and explore the finicky world of publishing through the eyes of published Idaho authors. The first installment will feature Magic Valley authors Bonnie Dodge, Dixie Thomas Reale and Patricia Santos Marcantonio speaking about their collection of short stories, poems and essays titled Voices from the Snake River Plain. Boisean Valerie Robertson, president of the Coeur du Bois Chapter of Romance Writers of America, will also read from her novel, Blade's Edge. And local sci-fi author Ken McConnell will speak about his novels Starstrikers and Null Pointer.

Saturday, January 30, 1-3 p.m., FREE, Jean Wilson Reading Room, garden level of The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-331-8000, idahowriters guild.com.

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