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Northwest Authors Gather at The Coasts of Idaho

Saturday, April 6


One of the most common complaints about Boise is that it's in the middle of nowhere. No kidding. It's an eight-hour drive to Portland, Ore., and Seattle, and a five-hour drive to Salt Lake City.

But being in the middle has its perks, too, as the literati at The Log Cabin Literary Center know all too well.

Saturday, April 6, The Cabin presents The Coasts of Idaho in The Log Cabin Reading Room. The event, which brings together authors from Oregon, Washington and Utah for readings and discussion of their works, may convince naysayers that being central is a far cry from being in the middle of nowhere.

Participating writers include Oregon author Gina Ochsner, Washington's Jack Nisbet, and Paisley Rekdal of Utah. Ochsner has written two short story collections and a novel, including The Russian Dreambook of Color and Light, and is a two-time winner of the Oregon Book Award and Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.

Nisbet—who moonlights (or daylights?) as a teacher, historian and naturalist—has written six books, including Idaho Library Book of the Year-winner Sources of the River, and American Library Association-selected The Mapmaker's Eye. Rekdal has written four collections of poetry, an avant-garde memoir and a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee.

The Coasts of Idaho, which runs from 7-8 p.m., is a chance to be in the middle of it all.