Events for Lectures/Discussions

David Sedaris

Live at the Eccles presents David Sedaris Sunday, November 18, 2018 at the Eccles Theater on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City. ArtTix is the official source for tickets for Live at the Eccles events. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition. Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002).

Friendship Force of Utah Program Teaching in Rwanda & Uganda

General Meeting Tuesday, November 20, 2018 Time: Social (no potluck) 5:45 PM* Dinner at Social prepared by immigrants chefs from Women of the World. Donation of $5 requested. Business Meeting 6:30 PM*

Program: Leigh Jennings, Teaching in Rwanda & Uganda Leigh is daughter of our member Barbara Chapman, a former FF President who now resides in Tulsa. She is mother of 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren and has been a teacher for 27 years. She currently teaches at Uintah Elementary School. Leigh always had a desire to go to Africa and this summer she had that opportunity on a teaching fellowship with around 20 teachers. They worked with students and teachers in both Rwanda and Uganda.

John Keahey: Sicilian Splendors: Discovering the Secret Places That Speak to the Heart

Join us on Saturday, November 24th as Weller's welcomes back our friend John Keahey as he presents Sicilian Splendors: Discovering the Secret Places That Speak to the Heart! From Palermo to Castiglione di Sicilia to Alimena, Sicily holds great secrets from the past and unspoken promises. Tradition, in the form of festivals, the written word, photographs, and song, reverberates through village walls. Now, slowly shaking itself free of the Mafia, Sicily is opening itself up to visitors in ways it never has before. Sicilian Splendors explores the history, politics, food, Mafia, and people which John Keahey encounters throughout his travels during his return to Sicily. Through conversing with natives and immersing himself in culture, Keahey illustrates a brand new Sicily no one has ever talked about before. Villagers, eager to welcome tourism and impart awareness of their cultural background, greet Keahey for meals and drink and walk him through their winding streets. They share stories of well-known writers, such as Maria Messina, who have found inspiration in Sicily’s villages. Keahey’s never-ending curiosity as a traveler shines light on Sicily’s mythical mysteries and portrays the island not only through his eyes but also through Sicily’s heart. This picturesque travel memoir navigates Sicily today and seeks to understand Sicily’s past. In lyrical prose and vivid dialect, Keahey paints images of the island’s villages, people, and culture with careful strokes and a meticulously even hand. Keahey not only serves as a guide through the marvel of Sicily’s identity, but he also looks deeply into Sicily’s soul. JOHN KEAHEY, author of such books as Hidden Tuscany and A Sweet and Glorious Land: Revisiting the Ionian Sea, is a veteran newspaper and wire-service journalist who spent forty-five years in and around journalism. He retired in 2011 after twenty-two years, as a reporter and news editor for The Salt Lake Tribune. He has a history degree from the University of Utah and spends as much time as possible in Italy. The presentation will begin at 7, with a signing to follow.

Energy Sprawl Solutions: Balancing Global Development and Conservation

Over the next several decades, as human populations grow and developing countries become more affluent, the demand for energy will soar. Parts of the energy sector are preparing to meet this demand by increasing renewable energy production, which is necessary to combat climate change. But many renewable energy sources have a large energy sprawl—the amount of land needed to produce energy—which can threaten biodiversity and conservation. Is it possible to meet this rise in energy demand, while still conserving natural places and species? Read more:

The Opioid Crisis: Paths Forward to Mitigate Regulatory Failure

The 2018-2019 Utah Law Review presents “The Opioid Crisis: Paths Forward to Mitigate Regulatory Failure.” The symposium will critically examine the failure of the pharmaceutical market, the subsequent inadequate regulatory response, and possible solutions as the nation moves forward in addressing the crisis. Scholars from around the country will discuss the impact of regulation from the national and state level, the impact of addition on communities, and how public health research should inform future policy and regulation decisions. Read more:

Kathy Kirkpatrick: American Prisoner of War Camps in Southern California

Weller's welcomes back Kathy Kirkpatrick for a discussion and signing of her newest in the POW camps America series, American Prisoner of War Camps in Southern California. American Prisoner of War Camps in Southern California describes the impact of the large number of prisoners of war on the population of Southern California, as well as the impact of the people of Southern California on those imprisoned there. Providing detail on the care and employment of prisoners of war according to the Geneva Convention of 1929, the lives of POWs are illustrated, along with the details of camp locations in Southern California and the deaths and burials that occurred among them. Some prisoner names are included, as well as references to source materials at various repositories. Historical photographs serve to provide depth to the story.

Kathy Kirkpatrick has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, and has authored Basic Genealogy, The Descendants of Timothy Meeker, Italian Prisoners of War in the Continental US on 31 March 1945, Prisoners of War in Utah During World War II, Sicily, American Prisoner of War Camps in Idaho and Utah, American Prisoner of War Camps in Arizona and Nevada, and Prisoner of War Camps Across America. She has delivered lectures on "WWII POWs in America," "WWII Enemy Aliens in America," and "Proving the Jewish Heritage of a Catholic Sicilian Family," and provided research for Italian Emigrants, Italian Emigrants by Tina Bochicchio Woetzel, Sinatra, The Life by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan, and II Giuramento by Dino Maurizio Parri. The reading will begin at 7:00 with a signing to follow.

Book Launch for Salt Lake City Cemetary

Weller's is proud to host the book launch for Salt Lake City Cemetery (part of the Images of America Series)! All three authors will be here. Join us Monday, December 3, at 5:30 PM, as Sexton Mark E. Smith, Corey Rushton, and Annastasia Hirt present Salt Lake City Cemetery.

The Salt Lake City Cemetery was established in September 1847 when George Wallace, who arrived with the first company of Mormon pioneers two months prior, buried his young daughter on a picturesque hillside above the Salt Lake Valley. It has since grown to become the largest municipal cemetery in the United States, containing approximately 130,000 gravesites. To walk through the Salt Lake City Cemetery’s 120 acres is to trace a path through Utah history and experience a mosaic of the diverse and fascinating individuals who have shaped it: politicians, pioneers, artists, inventors, outlaws, educators, activists, and currently 12 presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This book highlights these influential figures and many more. It also serves as a guide for navigating the cemetery grounds in person, with grave locations accompanying most captions. The presentation will begin at 5:30, with a signing to follow.

Book Launch: The 50 Year Secret

On Monday, December 10, at 6:30 PM, Weller's is proud to host author Julie MacNeil and the book launch of The 50 Year Secret. The Journey of Julie MacNeil: Julie MacNeil was adopted at birth and for many years she had been curious about her family medical history. A few years ago (thanks to a chance DNA test) she learned she has a rare genetic liver-lung disease called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. This means her liver doesn’t produce a protein enzyme that her body needed to protect her lungs, and can lead to emphysema or COPD in someone like her, who has never smoked. If left untreated, it can lead to needing a bilateral lung transplant. Due to the highly genetic nature of this rare condition and the frightening side effects if undiagnosed, the doctors encouraged her to find my biological parents. The 50 Year Secret is the story of her incredible journey to find her biological parents. A reading will begin at 6:30, with a signing to follow.

Eileen Hallet Stone: Auerbach's: The Store that Performs What It Promises

Join us Wednesday, December 12, at 6:30 PM, as we welcome Eileen Hallet Stone to the store for a presentation and signing of Auerbach's: The Store that Performs What It Promises.

After an arduous journey to Utah’s Mormon frontier, three Jewish immigrant brothers built a flagship institution that lasted more than a century in downtown Salt Lake City. The F. Auerbach & Bros. story is one of personal challenges, Prussian folktales, perilous sea voyages, Wild West tenacity and those elegant and sophisticated fashions found on the second floor. Built along railroad tracks and dressing boomtown “Ladies of Aristocracy” in finery, Auerbach’s tent stores evolved into one of the finest retailers in state history, providing something for everyone under one roof.

Award-winning author and former Salt Lake Tribune columnist Eileen Hallet Stone brings to life the magical moments of the shopping dynasty that lasted until 1979. Award-winning author and former Salt Lake Tribune columnist Eileen Hallet Stone’s projects include Historic Tales of Utah, Hidden History of Utah, A Homeland in the West: Utah Jews Remember and Missing Stories: An Oral History of Ethnic and Minority Groups in Utah, co-authored with Leslie Kelen. Her commentary is featured in the 2015 documentary film Carvalho’s Journey. The presentation will begin at 6:30, with a signing to follow.

Beautiful Boy David Sheff & Nic Sheff

Beautiful Boy: David Sheff and Nic Sheff This father-son pair is changing the way America thinks about addiction. Their bestselling memoirs are the basis for the October 2018 film, Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carrell, and Timothée Chalamet. David is an award-winning journalist who, along with Nic, chronicle the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery—and how their family has coped with addiction over many years.