Books

Monday, April 20, 2015

Boise Author Anthony Doerr Lands Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 1:48 PM

Anthony Doerr's novel, All the Light We Cannot See, has won critical and popular acclaim. The New York Times called it one of the 10 best books of 2014, and it spent the better part of a year on the New York Times Bestseller List. It was also a finalist for the National Book Award.

Now, it has landed its author the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Pulitzer prizes have been awarded to works of fiction since 1947, and its winners have included Cormac McCarthy, John Updike and Saul Bellow. They come with a $10,000 award. This year's jury, consisting of Chicago Tribune literary editor Elizabeth Taylor, author and NPR book commentator Alan Cheuse and Southern Methodist University Professor of English David Haynes, selected All the Light We Cannot See over Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford, The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami and Lovely, Dark, Deep by Joyce Carol Oates. 

Doerr was a "BW Citizen" in 2011, when he was in the running for the Sunday Times Prize for his short story "The Deep." Shortly after the interview, he was declared the winner, being chosen from about 2,000 entries for the $48,000 prize. 
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Adorable Timesuck: Kid President's 'Guide to Being Awesome' Trailer

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 1:30 PM


A few years ago, Brad Montague and his wife founded GO! Camp to champion kids who want to make the world a better place. GO! Camp works to "inspire and empower young people into meaningful service and stewardship in their communities."

Montague began making videos with his 10-year-old brother-in-law Robby Novak playing Kid President, a smart, funny, sharp-dressed lad who shares GO! Camp's positive message and gives young people a voice. The videos are engaging but are made all the more compelling because Novak suffers from Osteogenesis Imperfecta, "a brittle bone disease, which has resulted in him having over 70 breaks since birth. What's inspiring about Robby isn't his condition, but the fact that his condition doesn't define who he is. In spite of all he's been through he not only keeps going—he dances," Montague writes on his website, kidpresident.com.

The videos, available on the Soul Pancake YouTube channel, show Kid President—who often gets famous people to give him a hand—setting a good example in his ongoing "quest for awesomeness." Now, young people can start their own quest with the help of a new book, Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome by Montague and Novak, the trailer for which shows that Kid President is well on his way to his awesomeness goal.


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 4:46 PM


Reading is fun. It enriches the mind and livens the soul. Sometimes we read and wonder about the person who wrote the words we consume. And sometimes, you get to have beer with those people. 

Head over to Payette Brewing Co. and have a cold one while you mingle with fellow literature lovers and Christian Winn, author of Naked Me, a short story collection published by Dock Street Press. If you leave thirsty or without a book in hand, it's your fault. 

7 p.m. FREE. Payette Brewing Co., 111 W. 33rd St., Garden City, 208-344-0011, payettebrewing.com. 
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Need Something To Do Thursday?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 2:15 PM


"What do you like to read?" Ah yes, the classic question and conversation starter. We've all been there—some good-looking person asks and you can tell by the look on their face when you hesitate to come up with something that they're disappointed. So maybe you should start reading. But, you don't have a lot of spare time. Start with short stories—really short stories. Even tiny stories. 

Jason Sinclair Long, author of Tiny Giants: 101 Stories Under 101 Words, will read from said book and sign copies as well. If an autographed copy of the latest work of literature you've finished doesn't impress your newfound party acquaintance, nothing will. 

6 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Need Something To Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 1:58 PM


You've read Boise Weekly columnist Bill Cope's work in print and you've walked into his blog cave online. Now you can get up close and personal with the man, the myth and/or the legend.

You'll have the chance to meet him as well as pick up a signed copy of his latest novel, Artists Save The Galaxy!, at Boise Brewing Co. this afternoon. Boise Fry Co. will serve up grub and you should be able to find a cold one to your liking. 

4:30 p.m. FREE. Boise Brewing, 521 W. Broad St., Boise, 208-342-7655, boisebrewing.com.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Need Something To Do Tuesday?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Teaching you how to bring the funny. - A.K. TURNER
  • A.K. Turner
  • Teaching you how to bring the funny.

You enjoy writing, but your edges are a little... dull. You need a little extra spice to take things up a notch and widen your appeal.

A.K. Turner wants to turn your bland, humorless stories into charming reads that will delight the masses, or at least the people that read them. She'll teach you how to do just that during her Humor in Writing workshop at the Ada Community Library. Bring your notepad, pen(cil) and a student's humility for the greatest chance at success.

6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Rd., Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib.org.
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 11:27 AM


Knowledge is power. 

Acquire knowledge, and therefore power, at the Summer Reading Book Sale currently taking place at both the Boise Public Library front porch and warehouse across from the library. Most books will cost less than a dollar, so bring some cash or your checkbook, as those are the only accepted forms of payment. If you read only one book this summer, read the one you buy at the book sale.

Sale continues until 6 p.m. Books range from 25-50 cents. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4076, boisepubliclibrary.org. 
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Friday, May 30, 2014

Need Something To Do Saturday?

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM


Do you like libraries? What about carnivals? Have you ever imagined the two merging to create pure joy?

Imagine no more. The Meridian Public Library kicks off the Summer Reading Program in style with face painting, bounce houses, snow cones and of course, books. The best part is you can scream at the top of your lungs and you won't get shushed. 

10 a.m. FREE. Meridian Public Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, 208-888-4451, mld.org. 
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM


Admit it, you like to hit up an all-you-can-eat buffet once in awhile. You shamefully look over your shoulder as you enter the premises and stuff yourself with subpar meat, rolls and go nuts on the soft serve machine. Discount overeating is certainly not a new concept. But what about all-you-can-read?

Feed your brain by going to the Boise Public Library Spring Book Sale, where $9 gets you all you can fit into a bag, and paperbacks will be available for 50 cents, as well as dollar hardcovers. You know what they say: Give a man a buffet ticket, he eats for a day; give a man a book, he learns something and goes to the buffet later.

9 a.m. FREE. Boise Public Library Warehouse, 762 River St., Boise, 208-384-4076, boisepubliclibrary.org. 
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Need Something To Do Saturday?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 6:30 PM


You're not rich, in the cash sense, but your proverbial bank overflows with knowledge. Your mind is as sharp as The Bride's Hattori Hanzo blade in Kill Bill. Why? Because you read. Absorbing classic tales and history through voracious consumption of literature, you're molding your brain into a supercomputer capable of winning some money on Jeopardy, at the very least. And you do have some money, as revealed by the quarters left in your jeans pocket from that lonely Pojo's trip last weekend.

Turn that change into knowledge at the Friends of the Meridian Library Book Sale. Score hardbacks for a buck and paperbacks for 50 cents. This is a one-day-only event—bring your wheelbarrow. Proceeds benefit Meridian Public Library.

10 a.m. FREE. Meridian Public Library Silverstone Branch, 3531 E. Overland Road., Meridian, 208-884-2616, mld.org/silverstone.
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