If you’re looking for a literary pursuit this weekend, award-winning writer Claire Vaye Watkins will give a reading from her story collection “Battleborn” at 7:30 p.m. June 22 on the lawn at The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Watkins is an evocative emerging voice from the American West.
She broke through in 2010 with “Battleborn” (Riverhead Books), it’s filled with stories that capture her youth growing up in hardscrabble towns of the Mojave and Nevada deserts. This breakthrough book brought her international attention, winning the New York Story Prize in 2012 and the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2013. The Dylan Thomas Prize is given every other year to recognize a young writer to watch. Watkins also was selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35," a designation geared to introduce the next generation of writers.
The Boise reading is made free by a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts.
Watkins also will teach a sold-out workshop earlier in the day about honing the opening to a story.