Boise, Idaho – The Allen family's love of the written word—in every form—is underscored by the Foundation's widespread support of literary arts throughout the Pacific Northwest, from poetry to plays to bringing authors to audiences in more rural areas.
Dialogues and discussions and a diversity of perspectives on important current issues—that's what is brought to Boise by some of the greatest writers and thinkers of our time. Not long ago, book lovers in Idaho had to leave the area to meet their literary heroes. Today, the "Readings & Conversations" series attracts some of the biggest names in contemporary literature. Produced by The Cabin Literary Center, the program hosts nationally acclaimed writers four times a year, filling the historic Egyptian Theater to capacity.
Recent events featured Pulitzer Prize-winning writers Annie Proulx, Michael Chabon and Edward Albee. Upcoming authors include T.C. Boyle, Maile Meloy and Elizabeth Gilbert.
With a mission to inspire a love of reading, writing and discourse, The Cabin deeply enriches the cultural offerings of this Northwest community.
Professor of Journalism, College of Idaho / The Cabin founding chair
I was part of the Snake River Writers Group that lobbied the city of Boise in 1996 to preserve a wonderful old three-story log cabin that was threatened with demolition. We succeeded in that effort, and were allowed to take it over as the headquarters for The Log Cabin Literary Center—now just called "The Cabin."
Over the past 15 years, we've provided a wide range of literary offerings to our community—from writing workshops to writing in the schools to statewide summer writing camps. But our "Readings & Conversations" has far and away become our signature event.
Our authors are talented and diverse, established and emerging. They range from poets to novelists and memoirists. While the material presented is deep and thought-provoking, the rapport between writer and audience is often funny and always full of life.
Readings & Conversations is now an important part of the literary landscape, and we're very proud to bring it to the people of Idaho.