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Oct 7 Tue

Utah Humanities Book Festival: Jeff Metcalf, Requiem for the Living +info

  • Date:Tuesday, October 7, 2014
    Time:7:00 PM
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City Public Library
  • Address:
    210 E 400 S
    Salt Lake City, UT 84111

After nine years of keeping his prostate cancer at bay, the drugs were no longer working. The doctors told him his time was nearly up. And so Jeff Metcalf dove deep into writing, tasking himself to write one essay each week for a year. Requiem for the Living contains the best of the resulting fifty-two award-winning essays by an author who continues to defy his medical prognosis. The essays form a memoir of sorts, recounting good times and critical moments from Metcalf’s life. Funny, moving, profoundly personal, they draw from his rich experience. He does not describe a life defined by cancer but writes to discover what his life has been, who he has become, and what he has learned along the way. Brian Doyle, author of Two Voices, says, “I liked this book first for what it is, a cleanly written and fascinating story of a life spent paying close attention to the miracles. But I also like it very much for what it isn’t, and could so easily have been—a work of self-pity, a litany of ills and blaming.” Requiem for the Living is, finally, a triumphant testimony to the human spirit.

Oct 8 Wed

Lit Knit! +info

  • Date:Wednesday, October 8, 2014
    Time:6:00 PM
  • Location:
    Weller Book Works
  • Address:
    607 Trolley Square
    Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Join John the Knit Wit for crafts and conversation! Knit Lit is held the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month.

Oct 11 Sat

Utah Humanities Book Festival: Barry Deutsch, Hereville +info

  • Date:Saturday, October 11, 2014
    Time:2:00 PM
  • Location:
    Sat Lake City public library
  • Address:
    210 E 400 S
    Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Hereville: A delightful mix of fantasy, adventure, cultural traditions, and preteen commotion, Hereville will captivate middle-school readers with its exciting visuals and entertaining new heroine.

Oct 11 Sat

Julie Boyden reads and signs Beowulf - A Pagan Hero. POSTPONED!!! +info

  • Date:Saturday, October 11, 2014
    Time:2:00 PM
  • Location:
    Weller Book Works
  • Address:
    607 Trolley Square
    Salt Lake City, UT 84102

THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED UNTIL THURSDAY, OCT. 30, 6 PM!

Oct 16 Thu

Literary Death Match! +info

  • Date:Thursday, October 16, 2014
    Time:8:00 PM
  • Location:
    Urban Lounge
  • Address:
    241 S 500 E
    Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Four local contestants: Jeff Metcalf, DeAnn Emmet, Rachel Levy, and Rob Carney

Three local judges: Matthew Ivan Bennett, Angela Lovell, Molly Gaudry

Some literary madness and a lot of booze! This is a death match like you've never seen before!

Oct 17 Fri
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Utah Humanities Book Festival : Nicholas Carr, The Glass Cage: Automation & Us +info

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  • Date:Friday, October 17, 2014
    Time:6:00 PM
  • Location:
    Sat Lake City public library
  • Address:
    210 E 400 S
    Salt Lake City, UT 84111

What kind of world are we building for ourselves? That’s the question bestselling author Nicholas Carr tackles in this urgent, absorbing book on the human consequences of automation. At once a celebration of technology and a warning about its misuse, The Glass Cage will change the way you think about the tools you use every day.

Digging behind the headlines about factory robots and self-driving cars, wearable computers and digitized medicine, Carr explores the hidden costs of granting software dominion over our work and our leisure. Even as they bring ease to our lives, computer programs are stealing something essential from us.

Oct 20 Mon
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Utah Humanities Book Festival: Ari Kelman, A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek +info

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  • Date:Monday, October 20, 2014
    Time:7:30 PM
  • Location:
    Sat Lake City public library
  • Address:
    210 E 400 S
    Salt Lake City, UT 84111

“A Misplaced Massacre places indigenous peoples at the center of an expansive vision of the American West. More nuanced and less assured, western history remains alive and well in Kelman’s sobering account of the unresolved legacies of Sand Creek.”—Ned Blackhawk, author of Violence over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West.

Winner of the 2014 Avery Craven Award, Bancroft Prize, and Tom Watson Brown Book Award

Oct 20 Mon

The October free play reading has been cancelled! +info

  • Date:Monday, October 20, 2014
    Time:8:00 PM
  • Location:
    Weller Book Works
  • Address:
    607 Trolley Square
    Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Sorry to say, the Free Play Reading for October has been cancelled. We will return in November, with a free play reading of Monday Night Football, by Russ Lees.

Oct 22 Wed

Lit Knit! +info

  • Date:Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Time:6:00 PM
  • Location:
    Weller Book Works
  • Address:
    607 Trolley Square
    Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Join John the Knit With for crafts and conversation! Knit Lit is held the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month.

Oct 22 Wed

Kayann Short reads and signs A Bushel's Worth +info

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  • Date:Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Time:6:00 PM
  • Location:
    Sorenson Unity Center
  • Address:
    1383 S 900 W
    Salt Lake City, UT 84104

A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography by Kayann Short is a memoir of reunion with her grandmothers’ farming past through community supported agriculture and a call to action for preserving local farmland today. Published by Torrey House Press, A Bushel’s Worth is a Rocky Mountain Land Library selection.

Oct 25 Sat

Utah Humanities Book Festival: Armando Solorzano, We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe +info

  • Date:Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Time:2:00 PM
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City public library
  • Address:
    210 E 400 S
    Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Armando Solórzano is director of Chicano Studies at the University of Utah, where he holds joint faculty appointments in Ethnic Studies and Family and Consumer Studies. He is also the author of Fiebre Dorada o Fiebre Amarilla?: La Fundación Rockefeller en México. His book, Recuerdo, Celebración, y Esperanza (We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe) presents the history of Mexican Americans in Utah, a history which is neither well represented in the mainstream literature nor well recognized in the mainstream understanding of Utah’s past. Convoluted interactions among Native Americans, Spaniards, French, Mexicans, Anglos, and others shaped the story of Utah. Awareness of the long presence of Hispanics in Utah is essential to understanding the history of the state. This volume is an attempt to piece together that history through photos and oral histories.

Oct 27 Mon

Salt City Slam! +info

  • Date:Monday, October 27, 2014
    Time:8:00 PM
  • Location:
    Weller Book Works
  • Address:
    607 Trolley Square
    Salt Lake City, UT 84102

The Salt City Slam is held the last Monday of every month. Channel your inner poet! Each month there is a guest poet. October's poet is TBA. Only $5 cover!

Oct 30 Thu

Julie Boyden reads and signs Beowulf - A Pagan Hero. NEW TIME AND DATE! +info

  • Date:Thursday, October 30, 2014
    Time:6:00 PM
  • Location:
    Weller Book Works
  • Address:
    607 Trolley Square
    Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Beowulf: A Pagan Hero takes the poem back to its pre-Christian roots, revealing a warrior-society that valued duty, honor, bravery, and swift vengeance. Removing the Christian insertions shows us what is expected of heroes, of men who do not shrink before the hard decisions of life or death, and a society that valued fame above all other rewards. Remaining true to the Anglo Saxon language without hewing too closely to the rhythm of the ancient poetry shows us the power and beauty of that language that has been called 'more masonry than poetry', a burly language full of swift and beautiful metaphors and descriptions of ordinary life made ethereal.

In preparing her translation, Ms. Boyden studied some 50 versions of Beowulf for accuracy of meaning, tone and temperament. In "A Note on Pronunciation" she explains how Old English–Anglo Saxon names are read; and the "Principal Characters" are introduced so that we can trace their relationships of trust and obligation, and the power of their personalities. The "Introduction" provides a quick look at Anglo Saxon society, the people's values, beliefs, customs and activities, placing Beowulf in a cultural context to round out the reading experience.

Oct 31 Fri

Collector's Book Salon! +info

  • Date:Friday, October 31, 2014
    Time:6:30 PM
  • Location:
    Weller Book Works
  • Address:
    607 Trolley Square
    Salt Lake City, UT 84102

It's the Collector's Book Salon! Join us the last Friday of every month for light refreshment and bookish conversation! Every month, we have a reception at 6:30, followed by a guest speaker at 7:30. October's guests are staff members Tony, Lane, Chase, and Jose, talking about book that scare them. A perfect Halloween diversion. Join us!