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Posts published in “Day: December 5, 2014”

Something for Idahoans to celebrate

peterson MARTIN

When President Obama and his daughters paid a recent visit to a Washington, DC book store, two of his purchases were books by Idaho authors - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer and The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson. This was no fluke. Writers with Idaho roots are gaining more and more national prominence.

Earlier this week Idaho author and University of Idaho faculty member Kim Barnes was honored at the annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts with an Excellence in the Arts Award. She has also been a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her husband, the much honored poet Robert Wrigley, also a UI faculty member, is a past recipient of the Governor’s Award. They are the first couple to be honored individually with the Governor’s Award.

On the same day that Barnes received her Governor’s Award, the New York Times arts section had a front page review of Boundary County resident Denis Johnson’s latest novel, The Laughing Monsters. Johnson has also been a Pulitzer finalist – two times. His book Train Dreams takes place in Idaho’s panhandle and won the Aga Khan Prize from the Paris Review. Train Dreams was reviewed in the New York Times by another Idaho writer, Anthony Doer.

Doer, who lives in Boise, has received wide acclaim. His latest novel, All the Light We Cannot See, occupies the number 8 spot on the Times best seller list. It has been on the list for 28 weeks. Longer than any other book currently on the list. The book was a finalist this year for the National Book Award.

Another finalist this year for the National Book Award, was Marilynne Robinson for her novel Lila. Robinson was born and raised in Sandpoint. In 2005 she won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her book Gilead. She is currently on the faculty of the Iowa Writers Workshop, perhaps the most celebrated creative writing program in the country.

Mystery author Ridley Pearson is a part time resident of Hailey, Idaho. Pearson has written 48 novels. Many of them NY Times best sellers. His series of books featuring the fictional Sherriff Walt Fleming takes place in Sun Valley. A measure of the esteem in which he is held by other writers is his membership in the musical group Rock Bottom Remainders. Other members of the group include Amy Tan, Steven King, Dave Berry, Robert Fulghum, Barbara Kingsolver and Roy Blount Jr.

Idaho has been home to other prominent writers. Lawrence Gipson grew up in Caldwell and graduated from the University of Idaho in 1903.In 1904 he was a member of the third class of Rhodes Scholars. He became a noted historian and in 1962 won the Pulitzer Prize for History.
Mountain Home native Richard McKenna’s best known work was The Sand Pebbles. It won the 1963 Harper Prize and was made into a movie starring Steve McQueen. McQueen was nominated for the Academy Award for his performance. (more…)

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Snow park underway at Eagle (Boise Statesman)
Legislators named to leadership, committees (IF Post Register, Nampa Press Tribune)
Reviewing unions in Idaho (IF Post Register)
Glanbia looking at $82m expansion (TF Times News)

UO will be part of sexual violence suvey (Eugene Register Guard)
Local officials split on water agreement (KF Herald & News)
USO master gardeners no help on pot (Medford Tribune)
Possible downtown Medford renewal district (Medford Tribune)
Oregon Caves expansion moving ahead (Medford Tribune)
Hermiston trade, meeting center ground broken (Pendleton E Oregonian)
State may spent $600k for pot administration (Pendleton E Oregonian)
OSU football coach heads to Nebraska (Portland Oregonian, Salem Statesman Journal)

Boeing tanker nearly ready to fly (Everett Herald)
Clark County rural pot store ban wins in court (Longview News)
More gun check ideas planned (Olympian, Vancouver Columbian)
Port Angeles downtown group director laid off (Port Angeles News)
Sequim wins in court on labor dispute (Port Angeles News)
Starbucks trying new style store at Capitol Hill (Seattle Times)
Diverse Bellevue has leaders that are less so (Seattle Times)
Fire district levy fails in east Pierce (Tacoma News Tribune)
Hotel development locked in for waterfront (Vancouver Columbian)
Clark auditor draws complaints from fellow Rs (Vancouver Columbian)
Pacific NW University unveils campus plan (Yakima Herald Republic)