In 1976, Alan Minskoff embarked on a tour of Idaho to explore the future of the state’s small towns and record what was special about them in the voices of residents and unique characters and in his own intuitive perceptions about rooting one’s identity to place. Forty-plus years later, he returns to those towns to record in flashbacks and new impressions his love for the towns, the old buildings, the people, the food, and especially the best sources for pie. As a poet, journalist and teacher, he offers in The Idaho Traveler a colorful historical and culinary tour, revisiting the miles of contemplative two-lane blacktop that tie one town to the next. From Paris to Oakley to Idaho City to Wallace, this book is a traveling companion to our own impressions.

Alan Minskoff has spent his life in pursuit of journalism, historic preservation, the arts, urban issues, wine and wine making. He has taught Journalism at the College of Idaho since 2001, and in early 2019, he and his wife created the Alan and Royanne Minskoff Scholarship for Journalism students. He was the founding chair of The Cabin in Boise in 1996, and as a longtime board member of the Idaho Heritage Trust he co-chaired the Capital Campaign  to create the Idaho Shakespeare Festival amphitheater on the Boise River. His latest book is The Idaho Traveler. Other publications include: Idaho Wine Country, 2010 (Caxton), Point Blank, 2006 (Limberlost), Blue Ink Runs Out on a Partly Cloudy Day: Poems, 1994 (Limberlost), and A Future for the Small Town in Idaho, Anti-Anthology, 1976 (University of Idaho Press). His work has appeared in Edible Idaho, The Intermoutain Observer, Travel and Leisure, Boise Magazine and other publications.


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