In the drab break room of a Boise Hobby Lobby store, father and son collide, brothers work to preserve family ties, lost souls pursue their dreams and one man waits for the rapture. That’s the setup in Samuel D. Hunter’s Obie Award-winning play, “A Bright New Boise,” which is having its Idaho premiere tonight in Moscow. The play, co-produced by Moscow Art Theatre (Too) and the University of Idaho’s Theater Arts department, centers on Will (Alex Wendel), a disgraced evangelical fleeing from his collapsed North Idaho congregation who goes looking for his estranged son Alex (Hunter Price). Alex and his adopted brother, Leroy (Jonathan Rau), work at the Hobby Lobby, with loudmouthed manager Pauline (Maggie Miller) and the daydreaming Anna (Park Williams). Will takes a job at the store not only to get closer to his son, but to await salvation/Carolyn Lamberson, SR. More here. (Courtesy photo: Emily Sky Carlson)
Question: Have you followed the works of award-winning Moscow native Samuel Hunter?
The first beer a young Jess Walter ever ordered was in a North Idaho bar, though he admits he might not exactly have been of drinking age yet. The first book the now best-selling Spokane-based author and journalist ever wrote was about the 1992 Ruby Ridge incident in North Idaho. So, he felt plenty at home Thursday night as the guest speaker at the 2014 Northern Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner. A record 460 people attended the lecture and dinner at The Coeur d'Alene Resort, and Walter delivered with a speech that drew plenty of laughs and a standing ovation. But he had plenty of serious things to say, too. "I'm here to ask you to stand up for the stuff we call literature, which is under endless assault by TV and Internet, by Fifty Shades of Vampires, by a culture that values entertainment above all," he told the audience/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo: Author Jess Walter is shown after writing "Beautiful Ruins")
DFO: One of the privileges I've had in my 30 years with the SR is working with top-notch individuals/writers like Jess Walter and his equally talented wife, Anne Windishar (on the editorial board). If you haven't read any of the books by Jess ... what are you waiting for?
Question: Which Jess Walter book is your favorite? Why?
Sgt. Bret Walton, with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, uses a fire extinguisher on a grass fire as Coeur d’Alene Fire Department firefighter Jesse Freije stands by Thursday shortly after emergency crews responded to reports of smoke on Tubbs Hill. Story here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)
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- Thursday Poll: Hucks Nation isn't ready to Go Green when it comes to plastic grocery/shopping bags. 78 of 149 respondents (52.35%) said they don't want the state to ban the plastic bags. 66 of 149 respondents (44.3%) said they do. 5 (3.36%) were undecided.
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