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Join Us for These Upcoming Book Festival Events!
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Our 19th Annual Utah Humanities Book Festival is in Full Swing!

Here's what you can look forward to in the upcoming week:


October 7, 7:00 PM, Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch. The Cliff Notes Writing Conference presents author Dianne Nelson Oberhansly at the Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch. Oberhansly's book of short stories, A Brief History of Male Nudes in America, won the Flannery O'Connor Award and her co-written novel, Downwinders: An Atomic Tale, was chosen as a Utah Book of the Year.


October 8, 7:00 PM, Boulder Mountain Lodge. The Cliff Notes Writing Conference presents poet Eleanor Wilner at the Boulder Mountain Lodge. Wilner is the author of six books of poetry, nonfiction, and translation. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Juniper Prize.

Brigham City

October 4, 7:00 PM, Brigham City Public Library. BCPL is pleased to present a panel of Utah Authors on Tuesday, October 4th. Featured authors will include Johnny Worthen, Jodee Steffensen, Joy Spraycar, Judy Baker, Doree Anderson, and Patricia G. Stevenson. Bring your questions about the writing life and bring a friend!

Cedar City

October 6-8, Hunter Conference Center, Southern Utah University. SUU's conference Poetry, Ecology, and Place in a Technological World will explore the intersections of contemporary poetry, ecology and technology through readings and workshops by poets whose work pertains to sustainability and the western region, including Mark Irwin, Nancy Takacs, Juan Morales, and Michael McLane. Co-sponsored by the Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values. For more information, visit:
https://www.suu.edu/hss/english/ index.html.


October 6, 6:00 PM, Kiva Koffeehouse. The Cliff Notes Writing Conference presents poet David Lee. Lee will be sharing his new book about women, which will be hot off the press in September, 2016. Hear it here before any place else.


October 6, 7:00 PM, Grand County Library. Writer and cultural geographer Carolyn Finney will discuss her work on race and environment. Why are African Americans so underrepresented when it comes to interest in nature, outdoor recreation, and environmentalism? In Black Faces, White Spaces, Finney looks beyond the discourse of the environmental justice movement to examine how the natural environment has been understood, commodified, and represented by both white and black Americans.



October 6, 7:00 PM, Weber County Library, Pleasant Valley Branch. Author and artist Ben Behunin will discuss and share his work. Ben's books, as well as his pottery and other works, will be available at the event. In 2009, after nearly twelve years of being a closet-writer, Ben published the first of his Niederbipp Trilogy, Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp.

October 8, 12:00 PM, Ogden High School. As part of Brandon Sanderson's visit to Ogden, Weber County Book Links is pleased to present "The Way of Writers: Building Worlds with Brandon Sanderson," a series of workshops and events on Saturday, October 8th. For more information and a list of workshop facilitators as well as art and writing competition information, visit:

October 8, 4:00 PM, Ogden High School. Weber County Book Links presents renowned fantasy and sci-fi author Brandon Sanderson for a discussion of his recent work and the writing life. The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings. He won the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice award for Best Epic Fantasy twice. He hit The New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best-Seller List six times and his books have been published in over twenty languages.


October 3, 7:00 PM, Storytelling Wing, Orem Library. Orem Reads presents Be a Detective Night. Have you ever dreamed of being a detective? Now is your chance! Explore the many aspects of detection and mystery novels with the whole family through interactive displays and activities featuring code cracking, fingerprinting, disguises, minute mysteries, and I Spy with the characters from the library stained glass windows.

October 4, 7:00 PM, Storytelling Wing, Orem Library. Orem Reads presents Mette Ivie Harrison. Harrison's mystery fiction focuses on Utah, its people, and its culture. Often based on actual events, The Bishop's Wife was loosely inspired by the Susan Powell disappearance. Harrison's mysteries have been reviewed by the New York Times, and have been featured on NPR Weekend Edition.


October 7, 3:00 PM, Room CB510, Utah Valley University. Writer, performer, and cultural geographer Carolyn Finney will discuss her book Black Faces, White Spaces. Bridging the fields of environmental history, cultural studies, critical race studies, and geography, Finney argues that the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial violence have shaped cultural understandings of the "great outdoors" and determined who should and can have access to natural spaces.

October 8, 2:00 PM, Storytelling Wing, Orem Library. Orem Reads and the Utah State Poetry Society Present: Utah State Poetry Society Annual Book Concert. For both poets and poetry-lovers, UTSPS offers contests, workshops, critique groups, a yearly Poetry Festival, and a fall Book Concert. Join them in honoring Dee "Duane" Rygh, the winner of this year's state poetry contest.


October 4, 6:00 PM, Pioneer Book. Memories can inspire-and expressing those memories in poetry can help us to remember, save, celebrate, and even heal. A free, multi-session community poetry writing workshop entitled "Inspired" helps participants create a new poem as a response to a memory using writing prompts and exercises. Offered by Rock Canyon Poets in collaboration with Pioneer Book. For more information, contact rockcanyonpoets.com.

October 6, 5:30 PM, Pioneer Book. David Pace discusses his novel Dream House on Golan Drive. Set in Provo and New York City during the seventies and eighties, the novel encapsulates the normal expectations of a Mormon experience and turns them on their head. The narrator "Zed," one of the apocryphal Three Nephites and the Wandering Jew of post-biblical legend, offer light-hearted banter and running commentary, animating the story and leavening the heartache with humor and tenderness.


October 7, 12:00 PM, Harold B. Lee Library. BYU hosts poet Craig Santos Perez. Perez is a native Chamoru from the Pacific Island of Guåhan/Guam. He is the co-founder of Ala Press, co-star of the poetry album Undercurrent, and author of two collections of poetry: from unincorporated territory [hacha] and from unincorporated territory [saina].


October 4, 6:30 PM, Weber County Library, Southwest Branch Ogden. Symphony Ballet Association and Weber County Book Links present "Music & Mayhem: A Night with Maestro of Mystery Gerald Elias." A reception with music begins at 6:30 pm with Elias' presentation at 7:00. His latest Daniel Jacobus mystery holds a mirror to the glittery façade of the concert world, delving into the multi-million-dollar sleight-of-hand of violin dealing.


Salt Lake City

October 3, 7:00 PM, The King's English Bookshop. The King's English hosts historian Candice Millard. Millard will discuss her new book Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill. Millard is a former writer and editor for National Geographic magazine. Her first book, The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, was a New York Times bestseller.

October 3, 7:00 PM, Weller Book Works. Western Humanities Review and Fiction Collective 2 present authors Doug Rice (Here Lies Memory) and Marc Anthony Richardson (The Year of the Rat), who will discuss and share work from their new books at Weller Book Works.

October 3, 7:00 PM, Ken Sanders Rare Books. Ken Sanders Rare Books and Utah Humanities present poet and performer Good Ghost Bill in a full performance. Good Ghost Bill wowed audiences at this year's Utah Arts Festival and is returning to Salt Lake City for this repeat performance before his appearance at Literary Death Match the following night, at the 19th Annual Utah Humanities Book Festival! This event is free and open to the public.


October 4, 6:30 PM, Weller Book Works. Jeri Parker, winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for fiction, will be joined by this year's finalists, Melanie Rae Thon (for Silence and Song) and Paul Ketzle (for The Late Matthew Brown) for a reading and celebration of fiction at Weller Book Works.

October 4, 9:00 PM, The State Room. It's back! Literary Death Match and Adrian Zuniga return to Salt Lake City on Tuesday, October 4th! LDM marries the literary and performative aspects of Def Poetry Jam, rapier-witted quips of American Idol's judging, and the ridiculousness and hilarity of Double Dare. Featured participants include Good Ghost Bill (Bill Moran), Giuliana Serena, Paisley Rekdal, and RJ Walker with more to be announced soon. Tickets are $10.00 and are available through the State Room.

October 5, 7:00 PM, 4th Floor Conference Room, The City Library. The City Art Reading Series hosts poet Simeon Berry. Berry won the 2013 National Poetry Series for his first collection of poetry, Ampersand Revisited, and the 2014 National Poetry Series for his second book of poetry, Monograph. He has been an Associate Editor for Ploughshares and won a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he manages building contracts for the federal government.
October 6, 7:00 PM, Auditorium, The City Library. The Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah presents author Stephen Prothero at The City Library to discuss his new book Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections). In this timely talk, Prothero places today's heated culture wars within the context of a centuries-long struggle of right versus left to reveal how, ultimately, liberals always win.


October 6, 7:00 PM, Westminster College. The Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Series at Westminster College Presents poets Simeon Berry & Danielle Cadena Deulen in the Gore School of Business Auditorium.

Remember to visit our Book Festival Calendar for a Full Listing of Events!

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