Boise literary hub The Cabin debuts a new annual anthology by Idaho writers Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Rooms: Writers in the Attic includes short stories from new and seasoned authors focused on a single theme. Cort Conley, director of literary services at the Idaho Commission on the Arts, reviewed and selected 32 tales from roughly 75 submissions.
"The theme was a single room that had meaning to the author," said Conley. "It could wind up as a cerebral description or an actual description."
Stories fall into six categories: refuge, shelter, territory, space, realm and reliquary.
The Cabin's Jocelyn Robertson said the quality of the work spurred the organization to offer both e-book and paperback editions. Though Writers in the Attic is available now at The Cabin, it will be officially released at a public reading at the Linen Building Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Also on Dec. 5, the Art/Dialogue series curated by Ben Browne continues with artist Jill Fitterer at Surel's Place, 212 E. 33rd St. in Garden City. The series takes place from 6:30-8 p.m. in Mitchell's former home, the site of an artist-in-residence program. Though the events are free, donations to the program are accepted.
Speaking of art that sparks dialogue, the City of Boise is looking for a visual artist to bring more color to the Linen District. Idaho artists are encouraged to submit proposals for the chance to add original work to a stretch of black fencing on Grove Street between 14th and 15th streets between the Linen Building and Big City Coffee. Fun fact: The fence is recycled from the Modern Hotel's former life as a Travelodge.
A panel will select one artist, who will be commissioned to create four pieces that will remain on display for one year. Materials involved must be strong enough to withstand the elements. Those interested are asked to submit an application, resume, letter of interest and examples of past work online or by mail no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. The selected artist will be paid $3,000. More info can be found at boiseartsandhistory.org.
And over at Boise State University, bachelor of fine arts candidates take over three galleries to present White Whale and Cipher, Friday, Nov. 9 from 6-8 p.m. Works by more than a dozen students will festoon the walls of the Student Union Building gallery, Gallery One in the Liberal Arts Building, and Gallery Two in the adjacent Hemingway Western Studies Center. Both shows continue through Thursday, Dec. 13.