June 21, 2012

Good Summer Reading 2012

Stack of books

Marcia Franklin talks with two writers about their works and gets their recommendations for good summer reading.

Franklin's guests are authors Kim Barnes and Tim Cahill. Barnes, a professor of English at the University of Idaho, is the author of five books, including her latest, In the Kingdom of Men, a coming-of-age story about a young American woman who moves to Saudi Arabia in the 1960s. Barnes' first book, a memoir titled In the Wilderness, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1997.

Cahill, a founding editor of OUTSIDE Magazine, is the author of 10 books, most about adventure travel, including: A Wolverine is Eating my Leg, Jaguars Ripped my Flesh, and Pecked to Death by Ducks.

The two were in Boise to speak at the Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous, presented by the Idaho Writers Guild and the BSU Story Initiative.

The two discuss the themes of their works and their styles of writing, and recommend some of their favorite books. In a special web extra, Cahill discusses the future of travel writing and weighs in on the controversy surrounding fellow Montanan Greg Mortenson, the author of Three Cups of Tea.