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[BKARTS] Literary Card Game Released



BOISE STATE'S IDAHO CENTER FOR THE BOOK RELEASES AUTHOR CARD GAME

What Idaho author once served as a Parma city councilman--before he
wrote Tarzan? What Nobel Prize-winner had a cat named Boise? What
filmmaker was also noted for her critically acclaimed novel?

    The answers to these (Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ernest Hemingway and
    Nell Shipman) and other questions are found in a new version of
    the classic card game Authors, updated and customized for the
    Gem State. Idaho Authors was created by the Idaho Center for the
    Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress housed at Boise
    State University. Cards sell for $9.95 a set and are available
    at the Boise State Bookstore, www.boisestatebooks.com (click on
    "general books").  For further images, see the ICB site,
    www.lili.org/icb .

    Featuring 11 writers who were born or maintained residences in
    Idaho, the card game is played much like the original Authors.
    Interesting facts about authors are listed on sets of four
    cards, and players attempt to match up the most sets, or
    "books."

    By reading the cards, players will discover that:

        Boisean Glenn Balch (1902-1989) was a prolific writer of
        adventure stories targeted primarily at teen-age boys. His
        book Indian Paint was made into a feature film starring Jay
        Silverheels (who played Tonto in The Lone Ranger) and Johnny
        Crawford (from the TV series Rifleman).

        Carol Ryrie Brink (1895-1981) based the heroine of her
        Newbery Medal-winning novel Caddie Woodlawn on her
        grandmother's pioneer experiences. Brink was an Idaho native
        from Moscow.

        Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) worked on a ranch in Raft
        River Valley, operated a stationery store in Pocatello, was
        a gold dredge operator in the Stanley basin and was a city
        councilman in Parma before writing Tarzan of the Apes.

        Vardis Fisher (1895-1968), born in Annis in eastern Idaho,
        penned the novel that inspired the Robert Redford film
        Jeremiah Johnson. Fisher later lived in Hagerman and was a
        former teacher at the College of Idaho (now Albertson
        College) in Caldwell.

        Mary Hallock Foote (1847-1938) was as well known for her
        illustrations as for her writing, which focused on Coeur
        d'Alene. She is best known today as the central character in
        Wallace Stegner's prize-winning novel, Angle of Repose.

        Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) wrote much of his novel For
        Whom the Bell Tolls in Sun Valley and had a cat named Boise.
        He and his wife Mary were living in Ketchum when he died.

        The wallpaper pattern from poet Ezra Pound's (1895-1972)
        home in Hailey is used to back each card in the deck. Pound
        was one of the 20th century's most controversial poets.

        Grace Jordan (1892-1985) felt parents should provide
        opportunities for hardships for their children, so she did.
        She wrote about many of her family's adventures in Hell's
        Canyon, near their home in Grangeville. She was married to
        Idaho Gov. Len Jordan.

        Nell Shipman (1892-1970) made several films from her
        wilderness film studio on the shores of North Idaho's Priest
        Lake in the 1920s. She later published Abandoned Trails, a
        thinly fictionalized novel of her Idaho experiences.

        Edward Elmer Smith (1890-1965) helped create the science
        fiction genre of writing. His interest in extra-terrestrial
        activity began at the University of Idaho, where he received
        a chemical engineering degree in 1914. Steven Spielberg is
        said to have been inspired by Smith's writing when scripting
        the film Star Wars.

        James Floyd Stevens (1892-1971), raised and educated in
        Weiser, not only penned Paul Bunyan, he's also noted for the
        literary manifesto Status Rerum, co-authored with H.L.
        Davis.

        Boise State designer Kathy Robinson created the colored
        renderings of the artists used on the cards.

Contact
Tom Trusky
English
208 426-1999

Media Contact
Kathleen Craven
Boise State News Services
208 426-3275

This news release is available online at http://news.boisestate.edu

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