Ruth Reichl, Junot Diaz Headline The Cabin's 2013-2014 Readings and Conversations Series 

And local authors celebrate the release of Boise @ One Five Zero

The Cabin will bring the wondrous Junot Diaz to Boise.

Nina Subin

The Cabin will bring the wondrous Junot Diaz to Boise.

For more than 10 years, The Cabin has been a source of literary enrichment for Treasure Valley residents. Last season, The Cabin's Readings and Conversations series featured acclaimed writer and New York Times editor Andrew Ross Sorkin, author of the best-selling book, Too Big to Fail, and Firoozeh Dumas, author of Funny in Farsi.

The 2013-2014 Readings and Conversations series will kick off Wednesday, Oct. 16, with Ruth Reichl, former editor-in-chief of the now defunct Gourmet Magazine and former New York Times food critic. Next up is Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Susan Orlean, best-selling author of The Orchid Thief, will follow Diaz March 11, 2014, and New York Times best-selling author Cheryl Strayed will wrap up the series April 22, 2014. Tickets range from $60-$190, depending on seating, and can be purchased by phone at 208-331-8000 or in person at The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd.

If you're more interested in the visual arts, and are looking for advice on how to create public art in Boise, you don't have much time left. Mark Johnstone will be stepping down as the Idaho Commission on the Arts' public art consultant Sunday, June 30, leaving little time to ask questions about the development and funding of public art projects. Johnstone has worked in public art for 25 years, curated more than 80 art exhibits and currently resides in Hailey. You can call Johnstone at 208-720-5578 or send him an email at

While some doors are closing, others are opening, like Artisans4Hope's new workspace at 723 N. 15th St. Building on basic handcrafting skills, Artisans4Hope teaches refugees advanced sewing techniques, as well as business basics. The new shop features larger workspaces and expanded class hours. More information can be found at

Idaho natives and refugees alike can celebrate the city of Boise's sesquicentennial by attending the release and signing of Boise @ One Five Zero: Essays and Poems from the City of Trees. The publication features 112 pages filled with the work of local authors, including Mayor Dave Bieter; acclaimed Idaho writers Anthony Doerr, Bill English and Alan Heathcock; and Diane Raptosh, who is both Boise poet laureate and Idaho writer in residence. Boise @ One Five Zero will be released at Leku Ona, 117 S. Sixth St., Wednesday, June 19, from 5-7 p.m., with various authors on site to sign copies. There will also be light appetizers and a no-host bar.

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