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Anthony Doerr Reading at the Linen Building


It's a well known fact that short-story rockstar Tony Doerr loves Boise. In a 2009 article in Smithsonian Magazine the 2007-2010 Idaho Writer in Residence writes something like a love letter to Boise, stating "I don't think it's overstatement to suggest that our town represents everything that remains great about America: potential, youth, natural beauty, quality of life."

Doerr continues to spread the love for Idaho's urban gem, despite becoming all famous and everything. Before he embarks to give readings in cities across the nation, such as Portland, Ore., and New York, Doerr will give a reading from his newest book, Memory Wall, at the Linen Building on Thursday, July 8, a week before it hits shelves.

Memory Wall features four short stories and two novellas. The title novella "Memory Wall," which is set in South Africa in the year 2024, won the 2010 National Magazine Award for Fiction. Like The Shell Collector and About Grace, Doerr continues to set his stories in a variety of distinctive locations, such as the Wood River Valley, South Africa, Wyoming and Lithuania.

Local jazz musician Curtis Stigers will be on hand to entertain the crowd with his smooth stylings. Doerr will sign books after the reading and proceeds benefit The Cabin.

Thursday, July 8, 7 p.m., $10, The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-331-8000,