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Boise State's MFA Reading Series welcomes author Charles Baxter • High Tech Art Unveiled at City Hall • The Cabin Hosts author Peter Chilson • J Crist Gallery's Newest Exhibit

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Boise State's MFA Reading Series welcomes author Charles Baxter

As part of Boise State's MFA Reading Series, award-winning author Charles Baxter reads on Nov. 7.

A teacher in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota and author of four short-story collections, four novels, collections of poetry and essays, Baxter's fifth book, The Soul Thief is due out in early 2008.

Baxter spent much of his time in the Midwest, and his stories are often centered on the fictional town of Five Oaks, Mich. He's a National Book Award finalist, recipient of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and, this year, was awarded the Merit Medal for Short Story from the Academy.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., FREE, Multipurpose Classroom Building, Room 101, Boise State, University Dr. (near the new parking structure). For more information, call 208-426-5540.

High Tech Art Unveiled at City Hall

Boise City Arts Commission unveils Boise's Digital Art Collection with a reception hosting the artists as well as students, members of local cultural organizations and community members with a general interest in art and technology. According to a statement released by the BCAC, the collection was put together to "remind viewers of the creativity and ingenuity or community artists and the technology staff that serves the City everyday."

The exhibit features work showcasing the importance of digital media in the day-to-day operations of the city, and includes innovative art created with digital cameras, specialized software and computers.

From more than 140 submissions, work from eight local artists was chosen for the collection, including Gregory Beardall, Laurie Blakeslee, Byron W. Folwell, Marianne Konvalinka, Sandy Marostica, Tarey P., Cody Spanbauer and Kurt Zwolfer.

The reception is Monday, Nov. 5, 11-11:30 a.m. at City Hall in front of the Information Technology Department.

The Cabin Hosts author Peter Chilson

The Cabin hosts Washington State University writing and literature teacher and former High Country News editor Peter Chilson as he reads from his new book, Disturbance-Loving Species on Nov. 1.

Disturbance-Loving Species, Chilson's fiction debut, is a look at modern African culture as seen through the eyes of Americans. The title comes from "Chilson's use of a phrase borrowed from biology to point out how our 'disturbance-loving species' thrives in the most chaotic, seemingly uninhabitable situations," according to a Cabin press release.

Thursday, November 1, 7:30 p.m., $5. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-331-8000.

J Crist Gallery's Newest Exhibit

J Crist's newest exhibit, "Photoing on Car," brings the photography of artists Mary Bennett, Eve-Marie Bergren, Laurie Blakeslee, Ross Coates, Deborah Hardee, Jacinda Russell, Susan Seubert and Andrea Sparrow together. The works will be on exhibit through Nov. 21.

J Crist Gallery, 223 S. 17th St., 208-336-2671. Gallery hours are Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., noon to 4 p.m.