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Literary Arts
David Pace, Postum and the Three Nephites

David Pace, Postum and the Three Nephites

When he’s not busy raising money for Repertory Dance Theatre or editing 15 Bytes’ literary content, David Pace pounds away at his laptop, tablets and phone, writing his own fiction and essays. After two decades of writing and re-writing a novel manuscript, Pace is anticipating the publication of his first novel, Dream House on Golan...

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Teresa Jordan's The Year of Living Virtuously (Weekends Off): A Meditation on the Search for Meaning in an Ordinary Life

Teresa Jordan’s The Year of Living Virtuously (Weekends Off): A Meditation on the Search for Meaning in an Ordinary Life

by Lisa Bickmore When, at the beginning of the New Year, the great separation occurs—I’m talking about the separation between the resolution makers and the resolution deniers—you’ll have to count me among the makers. I like the idea of a reassessment, a chance to reflect and set a different course. I was discussing this with...

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Lit New: Bite-size poetry, Sugar House Review and 15 Bytes Book Awards

Lit New: Bite-size poetry, Sugar House Review and 15 Bytes Book Awards

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums has begun 2015 with a new installment of their Bite-Size Poetry feature, where they invite  notable Utah poets to read one of their short poems. They’re stylishly produced by TWIG Media Lab and will be produced once a month. The January feature is Rob Carney reading “What Any...

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Believable Light: Emma Lou Warner Thayne, 1924-2014

Believable Light: Emma Lou Warner Thayne, 1924-2014

Emma Lou Thayne, beloved Mormon poet, English teacher and essayist, died earlier this month of congestive heart failure at age 90. Casualene Meyer, who recently interviewed Thayne, files this memorial for 15 Bytes. * “Out of my life of being loved and encouraged, lavished with kindness and understanding, I could try, in telling my stories,...

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Literary Gift Guide: Books to Fish, Pray and Cut Your Fingers By

Literary Gift Guide: Books to Fish, Pray and Cut Your Fingers By

In its second year of regularly covering literary fiction, nonfiction and poetry, 15 Bytes cast its net broadly. The magazine and blog reviewed works by Utah and Mountain West authors, as well as books that had a particular relevance to Utah and Western audiences. It also experimented with its first “inverted interview” in which, during...

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Furrowed Lines Eye-Measured and Trued: Braden Hepner’s “Pale Harvest”

Furrowed Lines Eye-Measured and Trued: Braden Hepner’s “Pale Harvest”

by Larry Menlove Braden Hepner’s first novel, Pale Harvest (Torrey House Press), is a Sisyphean tale of a young man yearning for more than warm udders, manure, and the patience to make a straight-line furrow with an old tractor held together with bailing wire. The novel is set on a dairy farm in northern Utah,...

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Life in El Oltro Lado: Reyna Grande's The Distance Between Us, A Memoir

Life in El Oltro Lado: Reyna Grande’s The Distance Between Us, A Memoir

Author Reyna Grande will appear as part of the six-week-long Utah Humanities Book Festival Oct. 25, 2014 at 4 pm at the Salt Lake City Public Library, Auditorium, 210 East 400 South, downtown. Copies of the book will be available for sale and to be signed by the author. by Krystal K. Baker When Reyna’s...

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A Life, Any Life, One life: Jeff Metcalf’s Requiem for the Living: A Memoir

A Life, Any Life, One life: Jeff Metcalf’s Requiem for the Living: A Memoir

reviewed by Lynn K. Kilpatrick Jeff Metcalf will read and discuss his new book Requiem for the Living: A Memoir as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival, October 7, 2014 at 7 pm at the Salt Lake City Public Library, 4th Floor Conference Room, 210 East 400 South. When I teach creative nonfiction, I...

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Prairie Wind Through Taut-Strung Bailing Wire: David Lee’s Last Call

Prairie Wind Through Taut-Strung Bailing Wire: David Lee’s Last Call

reviewed by Larry Menlove David Lee will be reading and discussing his work, including the book reviewed below, at four different sites in Utah during October as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival: 10/8 at the SLC Public Library (4th floor) in partnership with City Arts (with poet Gailmarie Pahmeier); 10/9 Snow College Convocation...

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UNCOMMON POEMS: Kimberly Johnson's "Uncommon Prayer"

UNCOMMON POEMS: Kimberly Johnson’s “Uncommon Prayer”

Reviewed by Michael Sowder Poet Kimberly Johnson will appear with Meg Day in a reading and discussion of their new books at the Utah Humanities Book Festival, Oct. 1, 2014 at 7 pm. The event is in partnership with City Arts at Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 E. 400 S., 4th floor Conference Room....

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An Effect That Exceeds Its Causes: Brian Komei Dempster’s Topaz, winner of the 2014 15 Bytes Book Award in poetry

An Effect That Exceeds Its Causes: Brian Komei Dempster’s Topaz, winner of the 2014 15 Bytes Book Award in poetry

reviewed by Aaron Cance I was just over half way through reading Brian Komei Dempster’s debut collection of poetry, Topaz, when I recalled a recently read philosophical contention by the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek in which he posits that an event (in this case the internment of over a hundred thousand Japanese-Americans in the American...

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Linda Sillitoe's The Thieves of Summer

Linda Sillitoe’s The Thieves of Summer

Sillitoe was one of Utah’s most respected journalists before dying in 2010 of an aortic dissection, following a long battle with chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS). She was 61 years old. A staff writer for the Deseret News and news feature editor for Utah Holiday magazine, she was nominated three times for a...

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