January 21, 2010

Good Winter Reading

Dialogue presents one of its popular programs, "Good Winter Reading," with two accomplished Idaho authors, Kim Barnes and Mitch Wieland. Both will not only discuss their works with host Marcia Franklin, but also recommend books for viewers to read.

Barnes, a writer and professor at the University of Idaho, is the author of two memoirs, including In the Wilderness, which was nominated for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize. She has also published two novels, the most recent of which is entitled A Country Called Home. It is the winner of the 2009 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction and was named a Best Book of 2008 by The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star and the Oregonian. Barnes is also the recipient of the PEN/Jerard Award for an emerging woman writer of non-fiction. Her next novel, American Mecca, will explore the lives of Americans living in Saudi Arabia in the 1960s.

Mitch Wieland is an author and professor at Boise State University. A story from his most recent book, God's Dogs, was one of 18 selected for the anthology Best of the West 2009, which also included works from authors Annie Proulx, Joyce Carol Oates, and Louise Erdrich. In December, the website NewWest.net picked God's Dogs as one of the "Best Books in the West" for 2009. Wieland's first novel, Willy Slater’s Lane, received starred reviews in Publisher's Weekly and Booklist, and was optioned for a film. He is the founding editor of the award-winning literary journal, The Idaho Review, and the recipient of a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship.