A San Francisco transplant wowed visitors to the fiction contest Naked You, Naked Me, Oct. 25 at Hyde Park Books, with his story about a 12-year-old boy overcoming adolescent shame.
Bill Dentzer came to Boise from California a few months ago in search of "better people and better surf," but found a literary scene that has been appreciative of his talents. Standing before an audience of about 20, he wove a tale about a pubescent boy shamed by his parents as they showed off photos from an old family vacation.
"I'm 12 going on negative eleventy-billion," the boy recounts.
The story won Dentzer a $50 gift certificate to The Modern Hotel and Bar.
Stories submitted to Naked You, Naked Me were 500 or fewer words long, touching on either the themes or title of Christian Winn's short story collection, Naked Me
. Though 20 entries were received, five stories won prizes ranging from a $25 gift card to Hyde Park Books to Dentzer's tab at The Modern.
During the event, which started at 7 p.m., attendees mingled between the readings of four winning short stories while being served wine, beer and pizza. Many had come from Winn's workshops and classes, but others gathered out of curiosity and appreciation for his work.
Other authors who read short works included Jordan Orborne and Greg Heinzman, as well as Yash Seyedbagheri, who read his short story, "Naked on the Edge" from his cellphone. Described by Winn as "someone who loves, more than anything, The Big Lebowski
," he's one of Winn's writing group students.
"It's like a cross between Hemingway and Jerry Springer
," Seyedbagheri said of the workshop.