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The Basque Dragon, an Art Auction and Fiction 101

A children's book with a Basque theme, BW's Cover Art Auction, and our annual short fiction contest


An award-winning author will visit Boise towing a children's book with a unique Idaho connection. Brooklyn, New York-based author Adam Gidwitz won the prestigious Newberry Medal in 2017 for The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog. In July, Dutton Books For Young Readers published the second volume of his The Unicorn Rescue Society series, The Basque Dragon. In writing the new book, he consulted with Nikki Gorrell from the College of Western Idaho and students at St. Joseph's School in Boise. Gidwitz will visit Rediscovered Books on Saturday, Oct. 13, for a conversation about his work.

"He's meticulously researched, but [Gidwitz's] writing is really down-to-earth," said Rediscovered Books Co-owner Laura DeLaney. "It connects with the way children interact with each other. ... I love the way he blends the Basque language in throughout the story."

Just a few days after Gidwitz's visit, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, Boise Weekly will throw its 17th-annual Cover Art Auction at the Visual Arts Collective. The event will fill the Garden City exhibition space with 52 weeks' worth of artworks featured on the cover of Boise Weekly, and proceeds from the event will go toward the artists, the Boise Weekly Cover Art Auction Art Program and our journalism efforts. Tickets to the event are $15, which will be credited to winning art bids. The VAC is a venue for people ages 21 and over, so if you plan to come to the party, please remember to bring identification.

It's only October, but Boise Weekly is already looking forward to January, when we'll publish the winners of our 17th-annual Fiction 101 Contest, in which we print 101-word short stories written by our readers. The contest opens the same day as our Cover Art Auction—Wednesday, Oct. 17—and submissions will be due no later than noon on Monday, Nov. 19. There will be a $10 entry fee for each submission. Over the better part of 20 years, we've received thousands of stories through the contest covering an incredible range of topics. Ghost stories, science fiction, nature vignettes, tales of heartbreak or triumph—we've seen it all. A few words of wisdom as writers craft their shorts: Be creative and be yourself. We'll run submissions by our panel of eminently literary judges, and publish the winners in our first issue of 2019 on Wednesday, Jan. 2.