Events for Poetry and Spoken Word

Author in the House featuring Jessica Day George

Join us at the Sweet Library for an evening of storytelling and conversation with New York Times bestselling author Jessica Day George. Jessica is the author of over a dozen fantasy books for teens and middle grade readers, Including Dragon Slippers, and the newly published The Queen’s Secret. She has a degree in Humanities/Comparative Literature and a minor in Scandinavian Studies from BYU. She speaks German and Norwegian and can read Old Norse. She enjoys knitting, everything Disney, putting peanut M&M’s in her movie theater popcorn, very small dogs, and traveling. An avid reader, she has a monthly newsletter called Jessica Recommends . . . and if you’re wondering, she likes her chocolate dark. The reading is free and open to the public.

Author Event: Scott Graham and C. Joseph Greaves

Authors Scott Graham and C. Joseph Greaves approach conservation through the lens of expanding hearts and minds where our experience is most personal—in a book. Join us at Back of Beyond Books for an author conversation and reading of Graham's new National Park Mystery, Arches Enemy, and Greaves' new novel Church of the Graveyard Saints. In Arches Enemy, a famed sandstone arch in Utah’s Arches National Park collapses and takes a woman atop it to her death, ensnaring archaeologist Chuck Bender and his family in lethal questions of environmental monkeywrenching and political intrigue. As more deaths follow, Chuck and his wife Janelle race to uncover the killer even as they become murder targets themselves. You can never go home again. Whether as caution or lament, the adage meant nothing to Church of the Graveyard Saints protagonist Addie Decker because when she left the rural Southwest for college in Los Angeles, she vowed never to return. But when her grandmother’s death calls Addie back, she confronts a landscape both familiar and foreign as a sudden boom in gas development threatens her family’s ranching heritage—even as it promises vital prosperity to her old hometown. With her lover in tow, her high school sweetheart in waiting, and a sagebrush militia lurking in the wings, Addie must navigate a minefield of greed and obstinacy, love and violence. Scott Graham, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, is the author of Canyon Sacrifice, Mountain Rampage, Yellowstone Standoff, and Yosemite Fall, books one through four in the National Park Mystery Series. Graham is an avid outdoorsman who lives with his wife, an emergency physician, in Durango, Colorado. C. Joseph Greaves has been a finalist for most of the major awards in crime fiction including the Shamus, Macavity, Lefty, and Audie, as well as the New Mexico-Arizona, Oklahoma, and Colorado Book Awards. He is the author of five previous novels including Hard Twisted and Tom & Lucky, a Wall Street Journal “Best Books of 2015” selection and finalist for the 2016 Harper Lee Prize. He lives in southwestern Colorado.

This event is free and open to the public and is presented by Back of Beyond Books and Torrey House Press. It is supported in part by the Ballantine Family Fund, Utah Humanities, and Utah Division of Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and National Endowment for the Arts.

STEAMpunk Academy Presents the Adult Spelling Bee

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Author Event: Rebecca Lawton

Author Rebecca Lawton has been deeply connected to water her whole life, as a river guide, fluvial geologist, and writer. Join her at Back of Beyond Books for a reading and signing of her latest book of essays, The Oasis This Time: Living and Dying with Water in the West. Water, the most critical fluid on the planet, is seen as savior, benefactor, and Holy Grail in many arid North American communities. Fluvial geologist and former Colorado River guide Rebecca Lawton follows species both human and wild to their watery roots—in warming deserts, near rising Pacific tides, on endangered, tapped-out rivers, and in growing urban ecosystems. The Oasis This Time: Living and Dying with Water in the West is both deep read and call to evolve toward a sustainable and even spiritual connection to water. Rebecca Lawton grew up exploring rivers and deserts throughout the American West. Her work on water and climate has been honored with a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, the Ellen Meloy Award for Desert Writers, the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, a WILLA Award, Pushcart Prize nominations, and residencies at Hedgebrook, PLAYA, and the Island Institute. She lives in the Oregon Outback, where she directs PLAYA’s residency program for writers, artists, and scientists. Free and open to the public. This event is presented by Back of Beyond Books and Torrey House Press and is supported in part by Utah Humanities and Utah Division of Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and National Endowment for the Arts.

Sites and Sightlines Chapbook Launch

Join Torrey House Press as we launch our latest chapbook, Sites & Sightlines. Hear from essay contributors Karin Anderson, Zak Breckenridge, Katherine Bui, Taylor Cunningham, Ben Kilbourne, Easton Smith, Michelle Wentling, and others who unearth hidden environmental histories rooted in place. Sites & Sightlines invites new ways to explore our home communities and ecosystems, starting where we are: Salt Lake City. As we immerse ourselves in overlooked sites and unmapped spaces, we may begin to see and hear neglected stories in our midst. This chapbook grew out of Gretchen Henderson’s graduate writing seminar on Tectonic Essays. Through thoughtful noticing and research on chosen sites across the University of Utah campus, students excavated untold and unseen stories. In collaboration with this course, Torrey House Press has collected essays written by community members, bridging the words of students with those of the broader community. By connecting individual sites, we are hoping to set up collective sightlines: new paths to explore together.