Last year, Sherman Alexie (author of What I've Stolen, What I've Earned, Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, among many, many others) called on fellow writers to support their favorite independent book stores. They heeded the call and now Indies First is turning into an annual event (in the most celebratory sense of the word)!
This year, BookPeople will be joined by four of our favorite local authors-turned-volunteer-booksellers. Come say hello and find out what is on each of their recommended reading lists! We'll have extended store hours (8:30am - 8:30pm), and you can find N.D., Brandon, Alexandra, and Daniel in the store at the following times:
N.D. Wilson: 10:00 - 12:00
N. D. Wilson is the author of the best-selling “100 Cupboards” trilogy, now in more than twenty languages. He has adventured for the National Geographic Channel, adapted C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce for the screen, and once typed a short story on a napkin for Esquire magazine. His young adult novels have been featured on NBC’s Today Show and NPR’s All Things Considered. His newest young adult series from Random House (“Ashtown Burials”) has already received wide acclaim. He was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho, and currently writes in the top of a tall skinny house where he lives with the blue-eyed girl he stole from the ocean (and their five young explorers, two tortoises, and one snake).
Brandon Schrand: 11:00 - 1:00
Brandon R. Schrand is the author of The Enders Hotel, a 2008 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, and Works Cited: An Alphabetical Odyssey of Mayhem & Misbehavior (2013). His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, The Georgia Review, Tin House, Ecotone, The Missouri Review and other magazines and anthologies. He has won Shenandoah's Thomas Carter Prize for the Essay, the Pushcart Prize, and has had Notable Essays in The Best American Essays 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2013. His nonfiction has also earned a Yaddo residency. He lives in Moscow with his wife, two children, dog, and six chickens. He teaches nonfiction in the creative writing program at the University of Idaho.
Alexandra Teague: 12:30- 4:00
Alexandra Teague is the author of Mortal Geography (Persea 2010), winner of the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and 2010 California Book Award Gold Medal in Poetry, and The Wise and Foolish Builders (forthcoming from Persea in April 2015). Her poetry has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Threepenny Review, The Southern Review,and elsewhere. She is Assistant Professor of Poetry at University of Idaho and an editor for Broadsided Press.
Daniel Orozco: 4:00-6:30
Daniel Orozco is the author of Orientation and Other Stories (Faber and Faber). His work has appeared in the Best American Essays, Best American Short Stories,Best American Mystery Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Whiting Writers Award. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Idaho.
Author Kate Lebo will be at BookPeople of Moscow on Thursday, December 11th to show her new book, Pie School, and offer a pie crust demonstration to get baking enthusiasts set for holiday pie construction! Lebo's book, Pie School, promises a "thorough schooling in the delightful art
of all things pie." Her book includes the usual suspects, as well as
deliciously unique pies in chapters on rhubarb, blueberry, cherry,
peach, plum, blackberry, apple, preserved fruits, and chiffon.
Pie school provides no-nonsense techniques for creating that perfect flakey pie crust, tricks for choosing the best fruit for swoon-worthy fillings, and much more. Bring people together with Black Cherry Chiffon Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust, Marionberry Pie with Hazlenut Crumble, Cheddar-Crusted Apple Pie, or Whiskey Maple Pecan Pie.
Besides baking dreamy pies of all varieties, Lebo is an award-winning poet, and colorful diction creeps
into her descriptions. Blueberries are “like the note taker in the group project, recording louder fruits’ flights of
fancy and bringing them down to earth long enough to make something actually happen”. Each bite of Peach Bourbon Pie is “like a long talk on a summer porch, crackling with sugar, spinning with
alcohol.” Photos by Rina Jordan are as luscious as Lebo’s writing.