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

Utah’s Got Authors

July 24, 2009

Look who we spied in our children’s room the other day, just hanging out talking about books. We live in a pretty great state.


From left to right: Matthew Kirby (Scholastic Untitled), Sarah Williams (Putnam, Palace Beautiful), Emily Wing Smith (Flux, The Way He Lived), Sara Zarr (Little, Brown, Once Was Lost), Lindsay Leavitt (Hyperion, Princess for Hire), Bree Despain (Egmont, The Dark Divine)

A Worthy Cause

July 8, 2008

How cool are our local authors? This cool! (Thanks, Shannon!)

Writing for Charity

This summer have unfettered access to professional children’s authors, all in the name of charity! Saturday, July 19 several local authors will host a Writing for Charity event in Salt Lake City, with all profits going to The Wheelchair Project. Come hear writers talk about their process, how to write for a young audience, storytelling tips, and the ins and outs of the publishing business. In addition, have your picture book text or first page of your novel (the most important page!) workshopped by professionals.

When: Saturday, July 19, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Salt Lake Main Library, 200 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, Utah
Cost: $45 (should be tax deductible!)
Event breakdown: 9:00 am — Registration
9:15 – 10:15 am — Panel discussion in the auditorium
10:30 – 11:15 — Break out discussions in topic groups
11:30 – 1:00 — Small group workshops

Authors and publishing professionals include Brandon Mull, Shannon Hale, Mette Ivie Harrison, Ann Cannon, Kristyn Crow, Becky Hickox, Kimberley Heuston, Anne Bowen, Aprilynne Pike, Laura and Tracy Hickman, Ann Dee Ellis, Mike Knudson, Sydney Husseman, Chris Schoebinger (editor), Amy Jameson (agent), and Wendy Toliver.

Space is limited, first come first serve. To reserve your spot, mail in the $45 registration fee.
Mailing address: 1176 E 2620 N, Provo, UT 84604-4132
Make checks to: “LDS Philanthropies” (the organization that runs The Wheelchair Project) and write “Wheelchair” in the memo line.
Also include: Your name, age, phone number, and area of interest–picture book writing, fantasy novel, or realistic fiction novel.

On the day of the event, bring 15 copies of the first page of your novel or picture book text (maximum word count: 300 words) for some hands on workshopping. If you don’t have a first page to workshop, don’t let that stop you!

100% of the proceeds go to The Wheelchair Project, a wonderful charity that donates new wheelchairs to people in third world countries, many of whom have never had one. A wheelchair can completely change the life of a disabled person, offering mobility, increased independence, and a chance to go to school or find employment. Because this charity is administered by volunteers with LDS Philanthropy, there is no overhead and every penny donated goes directly to purchasing wheelchairs. This is not a religious charity–the wheelchairs go to the needy regardless of their faith. Thank you for supporting this extraordinary cause!

‘Salt Lake City Reads’ Authors Announced!

December 6, 2007

We’re thrilled to say that we liked them first. This year’s Salt Lake City Reads Together picks are all local authors, and all authors that we’ve had (or will soon be having, or had events about) at the store! With no more ado, let’s congratulate:

Judge Valdez and Shannon Hale will both be at our Holiday Party tonight, so stop by for some food, some drinks, some signed books, and some holiday cheer!