Books: Literary Life

Idaho. It was 2:30 on a Sunday morning in quiet Nampa, Idaho. Straight down Third Street South, past the Pacific Fruit Express yards, a car raced at 70 m.p.h. It slowed to turn left on Eleventh Avenue, sailed past the historic Dewey Palace Hotel before State traffic officers caught it, arrested Vardis Fisher, 44, impassioned Idaho novelist. Writing an impassioned account for the Idaho Statesman, Author Fisher said he was taken to jail, told to put his heels together, hold his head back, and close his eyes, to determine if he was drunk, was then locked in a verminous cell while...

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