Mary Clearman Blew, acclaimed Idaho writer, to read at University of Idaho Jan. 19

Thursday, January 12 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – Award-winning writer and University of Idaho professor Mary Clearman Blew will read from her latest memoir, This Is Not the Ivy League on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Law School Courtroom at the Menard Law Building, 711 Rayburn St., in Moscow.

A book signing will follow the reading.

“While Mary has been widely recognized as one of our nation’s finest western writers, her books have a national audience,” said Doug Heckman, University of Idaho MFA creative writing program director. “Her new memoir was reviewed favorably in publications as wide-ranging as the New York Times and Ms. Magazine.”

The reading is free and open to the public.

Blew is the author of the essay collection All but the Waltz and the memoir Balsamroot. She is the editor of When Montana and I Were Young: A Memoir of a Frontier Childhood. Her novel, Jackalope Dreams won the Western Heritage Award. Her latest memoir, This Is Not the Ivy League, was published in 2011.

Blew has twice won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, once in fiction and once in nonfiction. She also is the winner of a Handcart Biography Award and the Western Literature Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. She’s taught in the University of Idaho English department since 1994.

Future English department readings for 2012 include Benjamin Percy on Feb. 16 and Willis Barnstone on March 21.

For more information on this and other MFA Creative Writing events and programs, please visit or contact Heckman at
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