Idaho writer gets prestigious award and books Boise appearance


Idaho writer Kim Barnes has won a literary award from PEN USA for her latest novel, A Country Called Home.

Barnes, who lives in Moscow, is best known for her 1997 Pulitzer Prize nominated memoir In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country about growing up in Idaho.

Boise Weekly just learned that Barnes has booked a trip to Boise to participate in Rediscovered Bookshop's annual Bakers Dozen event, which happens this year Saturday, Nov. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. In addition to Barnes, Boise-based writers Brady Udall (who wrote the Miracle Life of Edgar Mint that we at BW are such big fans of) Mitch Wieland (who is also the editor of the esteemed Idaho Review) are among the event's featured writers.