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Idaho Center for the Book

The mission of the Idaho Center for the Book is to encourage and promote an interest in reading, writing, making, disseminating and collecting books, as well as studying, preserving, and sharing the literary and bibliophilic heritage of Idaho. ICB seeks to support and coordinate with the efforts of local, state, and national organizations who share similar interests and goals.

Boise State English Professor Tom Trusky established ICB as an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in December 1993, and programming began in 1994. Trusky served as director until 2009 and his successor, Art Professor Stephanie Bacon, led the Center until 2020, at which time ICB relocated to Special Collections and Archives in Albertsons Library.

Tom Trusky, 1989

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The ICB logo is a tribute to the Lapwai Mission Press, the first press (1893) in the Pacific Northwest. “Lapwai” is the Nez Perce word for “place of the butterflies.”