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Books and Cooks

What sounds more comforting than peeling away layers of a steaming, sticky cinnamon roll while reading your favorite book? Might we suggest sharing said roll with the book's author at Rediscovered Bookshop's Baker's Dozen event? Thirteen local authors will be on hand Saturday, Nov. 22, from 3 to 7 p.m. to give readings, share their favorite recipes and talk one-on-one with their fans. Idaho's Writer in Residence, Anthony Doerr is one of the event's featured authors, and he will be joined by Robin Lee Hatcher, Judy Cox, Joanne Pence, Claire Dean, Angie Abderhalden, Diana Ellis, Rick Just, Yancy Mailes, Gary Keith, Ken McConnell, Susan Stacy, Julie Fanselow and Carol Heimbuch. Genres covered include: literature, history, travel writing, sci-fi/fantasy, mystery, cooking, teen fiction and kids' picture books.

In addition to their readings, the authors have also assembled a packet containing of some of their favorite recipes. Claire Dean's edible native plant recipe ties into her novel Girlwood, which is about saving the woods from development. Angie Abderhalden, author of the mystery novel Questionable Ethics, has selected a recipe for "Made Right Sloppy-Joes" that also ties into her book. Though each author will only read for 15 minutes, they will spend the rest of their time lounging at various tables around Rediscovered Bookshop to sign copies of their books and chat with fans.

Saturday, Nov. 22, 3 -7:00 p.m. Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Rd., rdbooks.org.

Reckless Abandon

The Alley Repertory Theater is back with their second play of the season, the dark comedy Reckless. Following last month's timely political hit, A Burial at Thebes, Reckless should get audiences in a twisted Holiday mood. The play follows festive housewife Rachel (Buffie Main) as she escapes from her husband Tom (Steve Martin), who's taken a hit out on her life. As the play progresses and Rachel encounters characters like Lloyd and his deaf, mute and paraplegic wife Pooty, her naivete begins to fade and she learns to take control of her own future.

Preview Thursday, Nov. 20, $9-$18, 8 p.m. Runs Nov. 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be reserved at 208-388-4278 or purchased at door. For information, visit alleyrepertorytheater.clamcity.com.

Cover Auction Re-Cap

Decked out art aficionados packed the Idaho State Historical Museum for Boise Weekly's Cover Auction last Wednesday, Nov. 12. Anna Sali serenaded the crowd with her soulful strumming and O'Michael's Pub and Grill provided a tasty assortment of finger foods and fine booze. The cocktail hour quickly gave way to a sea of extended bidder cards and "going once, going twice" hand-wringing. Our quick-witted Arts and Entertainment editor, Amy Atkins, emceed the event along with the lovely Portland-based auctioneer Johnna Wells.

The bidding was sprinkled with brief recaps from last year's Boise Weekly Art Grant program winners, explaining their projects and how they spent their grant money. Though attendance thinned as the night wore on (likely due to Michael Pollan's sold-out lecture at the Egyptian) a healthy number of folks stuck it out to watch as the last cover was pulled from the wall. All told, the event raised an incredible $12,820. To take a dip in this grant pool, be sure to apply for the second annual BW Art Grant program.

The Bird's the Word

Congrats to local ad agency Oliver Russell, whose redesign of the Hitchcock Building was featured on Communication Arts magazine's Web site on Friday, Nov. 14. The renowned design and advertising magazine selects one project a day from across the globe to feature in their "Exhibit" section. The bright orange, red and yellow mural that adorns the building housing the Record Exchange and Neurolux was a nod to Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. The project was completed in 2007 by designer Toby Robin and painter Fred Choate.

For more information on Communication Arts, visit commarts.com/exhibit.