Utah Humanities Book Festival Kick Off

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Join The City Library and the Utah Humanities Council for the 17th annual Utah Humanities Book Festival, featuring authors, booksellers, a poetry slam, and more. The Festival has become Utah’s signature literary event, and offers book lovers of all types to enjoy some great, free-of-charge events at locations throughout Utah.

In Salt Lake City, the keynote day for the Festival will take place at the Main Library on Sep 27, with author events taking place in the Main Library Auditorium and in various conference rooms. This event is intended to be a kick off for the month of events to follow (the festival runs statewide for six weeks, from Sep 18–Oct 31). At the kick off, The City Library will host talks with authors Laini Taylor, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, BK Loren, and Diane Ackerman.


Laini Taylor
Main Library Aditorium
Laini Taylor is the New York Times best-selling author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight, Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the Dreamdark books Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch Three Times. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter, Clementine.

Kathryn Erskine
Main Library Auditorium
Kathryn Erskine is the author of six books, including Mockingbird, which won the National Book Award. Her other books include Quaking, Seeing Red, and The Badger Knight, due out in late 2014. She spent many years as a lawyer before realizing that she’d rather write things that people might actually enjoy reading. She grew up mostly overseas and attended eight different schools, her favorite being the Hogwarts-type castle in Scotland. The faculty, of course, did not consist of wizards, although . . . how did the headmistress know that it was “the wee redhead” who led the campaign to free the mice from the biology lab? Erskine draws on her childhood—and her second childhood through her children—for her stories. She still loves to travel but nowadays most trips tend to be local, such as to basketball and tennis courts, occasional emergency room visits, and the natural food store for very healthy organic chocolate with “life saving” flavonoids.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Main Library Auditorium
Benjamin Alire Sáenz is an author of poetry and prose for adults and teens. He is the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the American Book Award for his books for adults. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe was a Printz Honor Book, the Stonewall Award winner, the Pura Belpre Award winner, the Lambda Literary Award winner, and a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award. His first novel for teens, Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, was an ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His second book for teens, He Forgot to Say Goodbye, won the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, the Southwest Book Award, and was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. He teaches creative writing at the University of Texas, El Paso.

BK Loren
Main Library Auditorium
BK Loren is the author of the multi-award winning novel Theft and the essay collection, Animal, Mineral, Racical, which won the Colorado book award for 2014. The landscape of Utah has been an inspiration for many of her stories and essays. Theft was chosen as the Salt Lake Tribune’s book club pick for March 2014. She is an avid supporter of independent bookstores, and looks forward to visiting Weller Book Works and the The King’s English Bookshop while in Utah. She lives in Colorado with two dogs, two cats, and her partner of 25 years. The acquisitions editor of her first book told her she “writes like she was raised by wolves.” She tries to live up to that daily.

Diane Ackerman
Main Library Auditorium
Diane Ackerman’s forthcoming nonfiction book, The Human Age: the world shaped by us, celebrates the natural world and human ingenuity, while exploring how the human race has become the single dominant force of change on the whole planet, and the many earth-shaking changes that now affect every part of our lives and those of our fellow creatures.
Ackerman’s other works of nonfiction include: the memoir One Hundred Names for Love; The Zookeeper’s Wife; An Alchemy of Mind;Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden; A Natural History of Love; On Extended Wings, her memoir of flying; and A Natural History of the Senses. She is also the author of numerous collections of poetry and books for children.
Ackerman received a D. Lit. from Kenyon College, Guggenheim Fellowship, Orion Book Award, John Burroughs Nature Award, Lavan Poetry Prize, P.E.N John David Thoreau Award, as well as being honored as a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library. She also has the rare distinction of having a molecule named after her —dianeackerone— a pheromone in crocodilians. She has taught at a number of universities, including Columbia and Cornell. Her essays about nature and human nature have been appearing for decades in The New York Times, Smithsonian, Parade, New Yorker, National Geographic and many other journals. She hosted a five-hour PBS television series inspired by A Natural History of the Senses.
Our finest literary interpreter of science and nature, Diane Ackerman is justly celebrated for her unique insight into the natural world and our place (for better and worse) in it.

The City Library will also play host to several additional author events throughout October. For more information about the Festival and for a complete schedule of events, visit the Utah Humanities Council website.
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