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Kids Lit Festival

Rediscovered Bookshop is hosting its inaugural Children's Literature Festival this weekend. Readers of all ages are invited to spend the weekend meeting young adult and children's book writers and illustrators during the two-day festival featuring readings, book signings and workshops. Alma Alexander, Toby Bishop, Judy Cox, Kristiana Gregory, Julie Paschkis, Gloria Skurzynski and N.D. Wilson are the weekend's featured guests. Friday is the Roving Author Dinner, during which each author sits at a table for 15 minutes before rotating out to the next table. Saturday is the adult and youth writers workshops. Youths ages 10 to 16 and adults will learn from the pros in an all-day session at Red Rock Christian Church. Also on Saturday is a series of events at Rediscovered, including an appearance by storyteller Ben Kemper, as well as Kate DiCamillo's bunny character Edward Tulane. There will also be a talking book recording session, and from 4 to 7 p.m., all six festival authors will read from and sign copies of their books.

Children's Literature Festival, April 4-5. Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Rd. For more information or to register, visit RDBooks.org or call 208-376-4229.

Build a Bird

Stuffed bears are for the kids. The real challenge, for Boise Contemporary Theater at least, is building a "life-sized replica of a taxidermied bald eagle." And it cannot look cheesy. And did we mention it has to speak? Sherman, as he will be called, is one of the stars of Maria Dahvana Headley's Last of the Breed, which makes its world premiere next week. Headley and BCT's artistic director Matt Clark are in the process of building Sherman and would like a helping hand from someone who knows better than they. Know a taxidermist? Have some experience in feather work? E-mail Clark at mc@bctheater.org.

Wanted: $$ 4 Art

Boise Art Museum is hoping for a little bit of your money. What's new, right? Well, the reason BAM's asking for your money, for starters.

The museum wants to add a Roger Shimomura painting, which is currently on sale at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, to its permanent collection. American Infamy #2 is a four-panel acrylic on canvas work depicting Shimomura's time in Camp Minidoka from the perspective of the guard tower. Painted in 2006 and shown as one of Shimomura's 30-piece "Minidoka on My Mind" exhibition, American Infamy #2 is a bleak bird's-eye view of internment in the desert outside Twin Falls during World War II.

The piece has caught the attention of BAM officials, who have decided the piece is so relevant to Idaho history, the museum can't live without it. Generally, the museum adds to its permanent collection through donations, but in this case, BAM is fundraising to purchase the piece. So far, a little more than half of the $40,000 price tag has been raised, but the museum still needs about $16,000 to take the piece off hold at Kucera's gallery and hang it on their own walls. View American Infamy #2 at GregKucera.com/shimomura_paintings.htm, and if you're moved to contribute financially to the effort, contact Betsy Appelgren at BAM at 208-345-8330 Ext. 12.

Web Art

At first glance, Ultimate Property Management's Local Arts Program resembles a pretty simple ploy to drive traffic to its Web site, but maybe that conclusion is a little hasty. Perhaps creating an online spotlight on local artists is an idea as brilliant in its simplicity as Ultimate Property Management's business plan appears to be. You decide. Log onto UPM-Idaho.com and click on the Local Arts Program link and read a little synopsis of the project—an online gallery with a rotating selection of local artists' work—and then click on the "Idaho artists" links to see work from the currently featured artists. The hope is that UPM can dazzle out-of-state investors with Idaho's artistic inclinations, and eventually, UPM plans to expand the project beyond the limits of cyberspace.

—Rachael Daigle