Local Author Showcase recap

July 11, 2012

by Jenny Lyons

We are so thrilled to be able to continue hosting this quarterly event, the Local Author Showcase. Utah has talent, a lot of it, and in particular, and Utah has authors. Last night we were joined by Aaron Bryant, A Synchronous Memoir of Addiction and Recovery; Megan Dietz, Scarlet River; Michael Ochinero, Mind Over Medicine: A Common Man’s Guide To Managing Bipolar Holistically; David Pierce, The Bewitched History Book.

I pondered holding this event outside on our patio, in fact, planned to have it on the patio, but alas, the patio is not air-conditioned, so I opted for inside the store instead. Well, the room was packed to overflowing and a few attendees were treated to a bit of direct sunlight through our west-facing windows also.

Each of authors spoke a bit about themselves and read a portion of their books. The diversity of the books is what makes this such an exciting evening in my opinion, and eye-opening look at an author you might not have discovered if not for this event. Family and friends of one author invariably end up purchasing the book of another. And the dialogue and camaraderie that arises between the authors is also gratifying. After answering a few questions, one being “What are you working on next?” (no surprise that each of these authors is currently at work on new projects. Stay tuned for details…), the authors signed their respective books for gathered fans.

We have a limited number of signed copies of these books available in the store or online. If ordering online, specify you’d like an autographed copy. Our next Local Author Showcase is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, 7 p.m.


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Local Authors Take The Stage

October 11, 2011

Last night we ushered in four new local authors as part of our quarterly Local Author Showcase, the fourth one we’ve held in 2011. These quarterly events give us the opportunity to turn the spotlight on Utah writers with first books or new books and to recognize their talent and hard work. The authors each took a turn introducing themselves and their work, and then read a passage or two from their books.

Contemporary, literary and fantasy fiction author Michelle Davidson Argyle read from her suspense novel, Monarch. Michelle graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Creative Writing in 2002 and has served as the editor-in-chief of Utah Valley University’s literary magazine and has won awards for her short stories. There was even a “monarch” in attendance! Check out the slideshow below. You can find out more at her WEBSITE.

Next up was Jessica McQuinn, who read from and discussed her second published book, Indivisible, a realistic, and romantic look at the hardships and troubles Charlie and Gideon, a Navy SEAL, face when he is deployed. McQuinn is a great writer, and the scenes are heart-warming and heart-breaking at the same time. And you should visit her WEBSITE!

We also welcomed poet Melissa Menatti, whose work, Welcome to My Soul, is thoughtful and creative, its very construction, as loose-leaf pages bound in a soft suede wrap, inform the readers experience. Menatti is an author, photographer and voice artist. You can find out more at her WEBSITE.

Dorothy J. Varney struck gold when she uncovered a bit of her family history that had all the makings for a intriguing story. Told in three volumes, California Gold: Benjamin, Ben, and Franklin, Varney traces one family through three generations starting with the fast-moving pace of the Gold Rush. Historical fiction rich with detail, Varney’s books are available at The King’s English.

In fact, all of these local author’s books now have a place on our shelves. Come in and discover a local author today.

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Local Author Showcase Debuts!

January 15, 2010

What a nice evening we shared with six recently published local authors. Their books ran the gamut from mystery to memoir, fantasy, both teen and adult, to fiction and not to be outdone, a manual for revolutionaries. After a lively Q&A session, the authors signed their books and visited with the crowd who had come to hear and meet them. This will be the first of a quarterly series celebrating local writers and what they contribute to our community. Mark Tuesday, April 13 on your calendar for our next showcase.

From left: Bonn Turkington, Steven Bates, Lisa Mangum, Charles Amonett, Susanna Barlow, Ryan Shattuck