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Best Local Idaho Writer 

Anthony Doerr really knows his stuff.

Laurie Pearman

Anthony Doerr really knows his stuff.

Anthony Doerr

Although Doerr was born and raised in Ohio, he's lived in Boise long enough now to be considered a true native and local gem. Best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling novel All the Light We Cannot See, Doerr has also published a second novel (About Grace), a memoir (Four Seasons in Rome) and two collections of short stories (Memory Wall and The Shell Collector). He also has four O. Henry Prizes to his name, and a CV crammed with so many fellowships and awards that it may soon be too heavy to print on standard paper. If you haven't yet read him, you may not be a true Boisean at heart. anthonydoerr.com

2nd Place: Minerva Jayne—While BW readers know her for her snappy, sass-filled yet often poignantly correct column "Minerva's Breakdown" in every weekly issue, Jayne has a lot more going on. Self-proclaimed "Boise's Blonde Bombshell," Jayne, who grew up in Emmett, can often be spotted at the Balcony, or on stage as a host and emcee for local events supporting the LGBTQIA community and benefiting charitable causes. minervajayne.com

3rd Place: Tim Woodward—A well-loved Idaho Statesman columnist since the early '70s, Woodward technically retired from the newspaper life in 2011, but still keeps his writing sharp with blogging and bi-monthly columns. He also published Destination Idaho, a collection of his works including stories, profiles and columns, to mark his retirement, capturing the essence of Idaho in its pages. woodwardblog.com


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