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Utah Humanities Book Festival celebrates national and local literature

The Utah Humanities Book Festival continues this week with events for fans of children’s books, young-adult novels and critics alike. The biggest literary festival in the state is a month-long celebration of all things literary with a calendar of free events. Authors in attendance include James Dashner (The Maze Runner), Lidia Yuknavitch (The Backs of Small Children), and Daniel Miyares (Bambino and Mr. Twain). Local talent and writers with Utah ties will also be spotlighted throughout the festival, with University of Utah-supported and author-run Fiction Collective Two hosting authors Doug Rice and Marc Anthony Richardson for a reading on October 3.

Taking place at libraries, universities, museums and book stores, the festival provides readers with the opportunity to meet their favorite authors. Over 80 writers will hold readings, discussions and signings throughout October, which happens to be National Book Month. Have lunch with your favorite author, laugh over a beer while listening to local storytelling or join in on the discussion of contemporary works with social justice themes. Other special events include First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare tour, slam poetry from Salt City Slam! and a Collector’s Book Salon.

Utah Humanities is a local organization, enriching the lives of Utahns with free public humanities programming. Their Center for Local Initiatives offers grants to a number of humanities projects for museums, community groups, schools and other organizations across Utah. Involving the community by discussing current issues, history, philosophy, and literature, Utah Humanities supports Venture and Clemente courses. Bringing together accredited humanities courses from major institutions with students from low-income families, the program inspired a book that will be presented at this year’s festival.

For more information on the Utah Humanities Book Festival and a list of events, click here.

-Brieanna Olds

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