Book Blast: Upcoming Book Festival Events! October

October is National Book Month!
It's the Perfect Time to Enjoy our 19th Annual Utah Humanities Book Festival!

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

American Fork

October 13, 6:00 PM. American Fork Library. Join Brandon Sanderson in a discussion of his popular Mistborn series at the American Fork Library. Come dressed as your favorite character to enter the cosplay contest. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A as well as a book signing.


Brigham City

October 11, 7:00 PM. Brigham City Public Library. Best-selling young adult author Ally Condie will visit the Brigham City Public Library to discuss her work, including her new young adult novel,Summerlost. Condie is also the author of the MATCHED Trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller.


Cedar City

October 12, 7:00 PM. Sterling Church Auditorium, Southern Utah University. David Gessner visits SUU to discuss his new book All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West. Gessner is the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies author for the 2016 Utah Humanities Book Festival and is the award-winning author of Return of the Osprey, My Green Manifesto, The Tarball Chronicles, and other books.

October 15, 6:00 PM. Artisans Gallery. Join novelist Liz Kay for a reading and discussion of her new book, Monsters: A Love Story. Stacey Lane feels like a monster. Tommy DeMarco might be one. Since her husband died eight months ago, Stacey's been a certified mess. Tommy has no respect for boundaries and has fallen in love with Stacey's novel-in-verse. They'll make a movie, make each other crazy, and make love--but only in secret.



October 12, 7:00 PM. Juan Diego Catholic High School. The King's English Bookshop welcomes Rick Riordan to Utah to celebrate The Hammer of Thor. Thor's hammer is missing, again. But the hammer isn't just lost; it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve it quickly, Ragnarok will begin. This is a ticketed event. With the purchase of The Hammer of Thor you will receive two general admission tickets to Rick's presentation.



October 13, 7:00 PM. Logan Public Library. The Helicon West series presents novelist Liz Kay, author of Monsters: A Love Story, and poet Lisa Bickmore, author of Flicker. Come celebrate Helicon West's 10th year as the premier literary series in Logan.


October 15, 10:30 AM. The Treehouse Museum. Join celebrated children's author and illustrator Daniel Miyares for an illustration workshop. The workshop is geared for children 7-12 and is limited to 15 children and 15 adults. This event is free, but registration is required.
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October 15, 2:00 PM. The Treehouse Museum. Children's author and illustrator Daniel Miyares will discuss his work and sign books at the Treehouse Museum. Miyares has illustrated the booksBambino and Mr. Twain and Waking Up Is Hard To DoPardon Me!was his first adventure as author/ illustrator, followed by Float andBring Me a Rock!

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October 10, 7:00 PM. Storytelling Wing, Orem Library. As part of their month-long showcase of mysteries, Orem Reads presents Library Escape Game Night. In the style of popular escape room puzzles, several library spaces will be transformed into diabolical traps. Can you and your family piece the clues together fast enough to escape the library?

October 11, 7:00 PM. Storytelling Wing, Orem Library. Orem Reads presents Spooky Utah Tales with Storyteller Cherie Davis. Feel the shivers as you listen to local artist and storyteller Cherie Davis share eerie tales from Utah's rich heritage of ghost lore, including her new book, Spooks and Saints, featuring intriguing ghost legends of Salt Lake City.


October 15, 7:00 PM. Media Auditorium, Orem Library. Orem Reads After Hours Teen Night: Writing Workshop. All teens 12−18 are invited to the library for a special after-hours writing workshop with Christian Heidicker, author of the acclaimed novel Cure for the Common Universe. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the workshop starts at 7:00 pm.


October 13, 11:00 AM. Zion Auditorium, Brigham Young University. David Gessner visits BYU to discuss his new book All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West. Gessner is the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies author for the 2016 Utah Humanities Book Festival. His other books includeReturn of the Osprey, My Green Manifesto, and The Tarball Chronicles

October 14, 12:00 PM. Harold B. Lee. Library, Brigham Young University. BYU welcomes award-winning children's and young adult author Martine Leavitt. Leavitt has won many awards and honors in the United States and Canada for her young-adult novels. She has published seven novels for young adults, including Tom FinderHeck Superhero; and Keturah and Lord Death, finalist for the National Book Award 2006.


Salt Lake City

Oct 10, 6:30 PM. Weller Book Works. Lynn Kenneth Packer visits Weller Book Works to discuss his new book, Lying for the Lord: The Paul H. Dunn Stories. Paul H. Dunn's meteoric rise in the leadership ranks of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) was propelled by stories he told about his World War II combat experiences and professional baseball career. The stories Dunn told, however, were not born out of his actual experiences, but out of his vivid imagination. They were complete fabrications that were repeated over and over, from the pulpit, in books, and on audiocassettes. A book signing will follow.

October 11, 7:00 PM. Weller Book Works. Scott Renshaw discusses Happy Place: Living the Disney Parks Life at Weller Book Works. In Happy Place, Renshaw explores the phenomenon of Disney theme park super-fans, and the unique connections they build with places known to most people only as occasional vacation destinations.


October 12, 7:00 PM. 4th Floor Conference Room, The City Library. Nancy Takacs, winner of this year's 15 Bytes Book Award for poetry for her book, Blue Patina, will be joined by this year's finalists, Rob Carney and C. Wade Bentley for a reading and celebration of poetry. The 15 Bytes Book Awards, currently in its 4th year, is a program of Artists of Utah and its monthly online magazine and blog, 15 Bytes.

October 14, 7:00 PM. Church & State. Join us for an evening of lovingly competitive storytelling at The Bee: True Stories from the Hive! Bring your friends. Have a drink. Laugh. Cry. Bee entertained. The theme of the night this time is "Church & State." Doors open at 6:00 PM, stories begin at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $13 are on sale

October 15, 2:00 PM. Weller Book Works. Enjoy a discussion of children's literature with author Katie Mullaly, Emily Sorensen, and Laurie C. Tye. Each author will share some work from their newest book and discuss how and why they write for children as well as address the value of children's literature in an increasingly digital world.

October 15, 7:00 PM. Ken Sanders Rare Books. Scott Abbott discusses his new memoir, Immortal for Quite Some Time. Abbott's new book is an exploration of the life of his brother John, a man who died of AIDS in 1991 at the age of forty. Writing about his brother, he finds he is writing about himself and about the warm-hearted, educated, and homophobic LDS family that forged the core of his identity.

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

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