Book Blast: Upcoming Book Festival Events! (Oct 26)

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Join Us for These Upcoming Book Festival Events!
Artwork: Shirley Jackson

October is National Book Month!
Join Us for the Final Week of Our 19th Annual Utah Humanities Book Festival!

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

October 24, 7:00 PM. Brigham City Public Library. Join BCPL for an evening with Jessica Day George, author of the best-selling Dragon Slippers and Princesses of Westfalin series. In Fridays with the Wizards, Princess Celie and her companions have made it home safely from the Glorious Arkower. But when the dangerous wizard Arkwright escapes the dungeon and goes missing within the Castle, no one can rest until he is found.


Cedar City

October 25, 11:30 AM. Student Center Theatre, Southern Utah University. SUU presents memoirist and poet Ira Sukrungruang. In The Melting Season, Sukrungruang writes with compassion and humor about the sting of cultural exclusion and isolation. His underdog characters make you root for them every step of the way. To sweeten the deal, the book simmers with food so delicious it will make you hungry for more.


Oct 27, 7:00 PM. Back of Beyond Books. Scott Graham visits Back of Beyond Books to discuss his third National Park Mystery, Yellowstone Standoff. When Yellowstone National Park's grizzly bears and gray wolves suddenly and inexplicably go rogue, archaeologist Chuck Bender teams with his old friend, Yellowstone Chief Ranger Lex Hancock, to defend the suspect members of a group scientific expedition. Soon, Chuck finds himself defending the lives of his family as an unforeseen danger threatens deep in the storied national park's remote wilderness. A signing will follow.


October 27, 7:00 PM. Logan Public Library. The Helicon West series presents Karen Brennan and Lex Williford. Brennan is the author of the new collection of innovative fiction, Monsters, as well as seven other books. Williford is the Winner of the 10th Annual Rose Metal Press Short Chapbook Contest with Superman on the Roof, an elegiac coming-of-age tale imbued with tragedy, guilt, grief, and forgiveness.

October 28, 12:30 PM. Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University. Chris Crowe, young adult author and professor of English Education at Brigham Young University, will lead a discussion about the Civil Rights Movement, a topic he explores in his young adult fiction and nonfiction.

October 28, 1:30 PM. Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University. Author Chris Crowe will lead a discussion about writing and publishing young adult literature. Participants will be given opportunities to ask questions about the creative process as well as the nuts and bolts of publishing YA fiction and nonfiction.


October 24, 1:00 PM. Room CB510, Utah Valley University. The faculty at UVU have had a very busy year. Scott Abbott (Immortal for Quite Some Time), Julie Nichols (Pigs When They Straddle the Air), and Alex Caldiero (Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance) all have new books out this year, and they're ready to share them with you.

October 25, 3:00. PM CB510, Utah Valley University. Karen Brennan visits UVU to discuss her new book, Monsters. Literal as well as metaphorical monsters inhabit this book of 38 innovative fictions. The reader encounters not only zombies and ghosts, but a lyrical dream braided into a brutal and sorrowful real world. Monsters' vision embodies the heartbreakingly private and depressingly public--and the funny flipside of it all.


October 25, 7:00 PM. Storytelling Wing, Orem Library. Orem Reads: Edgar Allan Poe in Film and Literature. Brigham Young University professors and the authors of Adapting Poe, Dennis Perry and Carl Sederholm, will discuss the many faces of Poe in popular culture over the last hundred years, as well as the American author's impact on the mystery genre.

October 26, 11:00 AM. Room CB510, Utah Valley University. Nate Liederbach, author of Beasts You'll Never See, visits UVU. In Beasts You'll Never See, Liederbach's characters rage and tear at each other, yet, even in their pain, they reach through the bars of their cages to offer what care and comfort they can. Liederbach is the author of the collections Doing a Bit of Bleeding and Negative Spaces.


October 27, 7:00 PM. Storytelling Wing, Orem Library. Orem Reads Finale: Library Clue. A terrible crime has been committed in the library! Track down clues throughout the library, make notes, and engage in the intrigue of the classic board game Clue in three dimensions. But beware, there may be a killer lurking in the stacks...

October 25, 6:30 PM. Pioneer Book. Provo Poetry announces their second POEMBALL Machine launch at Pioneer Book in Provo. For a quarter, patrons can receive a capsule with a short poem. Contributing POEMBALL poets will be reading their poetry followed by a poetry open mic. The POEMBALL Machine includes poems from many Utah poets, including Rob Carney, Star Coulbrooke, Meg Day, and Kimberly Johnson.


October 28, 12:00 PM. Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. BYU presents poet Michael Lavers who completed a PhD at Brigham Young University. His poems have recently appeared in Best New Poets 2015, Arts & Letters, 32 Poems, The Hudson Review, and elsewhere. He teaches poetry at Brigham Young University.

Salt Lake City

October 24, 6:30 PM. Salt Lake City Public Library, Glendale Branch. Author Shobha Gurung will discuss her new work on Nepalli and Bhutanese immigrant communities in the United States. Gurung is associate professor of sociology at Southern Utah University, where she specializes in Gender and Labor, Development and Cultural Studies, and Globalization and Political Economy.

October 26, 6:00 PM. Art Access. The Art Access Book Group is exploring the human experience of migration and immigration. Humans have migrated throughout history, and we believe that sharing those experiences on a personal level gives us the opportunity to connect with each other. On Wednesday, October 26th, we will discuss Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah.

October 26, 7:00 PM. Salt Lake City Public Library, Marmalade Branch. Torrey House Press presents author and journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal. Hannibal will discuss her new book, Citizen Scientist, a wide-ranging adventure in becoming a citizen scientist by an award-winning writer and environmental thought leader. As Hannibal collects data on threatened species, she discovers the power of a heroic cast of volunteers-and the makings of what may be our best hope in slowing an unprecedented mass extinction.


October 26, 7:00 PM. 4th Floor Conference Room, The City Library. City Art presents fiction writers Lex Williford and Nate Liederbach. Williford is the Winner of the 10th Annual Rose Metal Press Short Chapbook Contest for Superman on the Roof, an elegiac coming-of-age tale imbued with tragedy, guilt, grief, and forgiveness. In Beasts You'll Never See, Liederbach's characters rage and tear at each other, yet reach through the bars of their cages to offer what care and comfort they can.

October 26, 7:30 PM. Gore Business Auditorium, Westminster College. Utah Humanities is pleased to present an evening with founders of Utah Humanities' own Venture Course and authors of Hope, Heart, and the Humanities: How a Free College Course is Changing Lives, a new book about the course. Panelists include Jean Cheney, L. Jackson Newell, Jeff Metcalf, Hikmet Loe, and Bridget Newell.


October 27, 7:00 PM. Auditorium, The Salt Lake Masonic Temple. Weller Book Works presents an evening with bestselling novelist Jonathan Lethem, who will be touring for his new book, A Gambler's Anatomy. Tickets are $7 each or are free with the purchase of a copy of A Gambler's Anatomyat Weller Book Works. Visit www. for more details. Lethem is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including The Fortress of Solitude, and Motherless Brooklyn.


October 27, 7:00 PM. Auditorium, Utah Museum of Fine Arts.
 The Utah Museum of Fine Arts present author, photographer, and geographer Trevor Paglen. Paglen is an artist whose work spans image-making, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing, engineering, and numerous other disciplines. He is the author of five books and numerous articles on subjects including experimental geography, state secrecy, military symbology, photography, and visuality.

October 28, 7:00 PM. The King's English Bookshop. Join us at the King's English for a celebration of Karen Brennan's new book, Monsters. Brennan is the author of seven books of varying genres including poetry collections Here on Earth and The Real Enough World; little dark; AWP Award-winning short fiction Wild Desire; The Garden in Which I Walk; and a memoir, Being with Rachel.

October 29, 4:00 PM. Auditorium, The City Library. As part of the Shakespeare First Folio's visit to the The City Library, Ian Doescher will visit the library to discuss the creation of his Shakespeare's Star Wars series. Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter--and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations--William Shakespeare's Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you're looking for.


St. George

October 29, 10:00 AM. Dixie State University. TWEEN AUTHOR BOOT CAMP is a writing conference for kids 9 to 12 years old modeled on the wildly successful Teen Author Boot Camp that takes place in Utah County each year. Keynote authors include Chad Morris and Shelley Brown. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. Book signing 2-2:30 p.m. Cost: $25 before Oct. 11; $30 after. Lunch, backpack, notebook, writing contest included. For more information, visit:

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

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