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Literary Arts
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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2014 15 Bytes Book Awards

2014 15 Bytes Book Awards

We are pleased to announce the 2014 15 Bytes Book Awards. The 15 Bytes Book Awards, currently in its second year, celebrates exceptional books of poetry, fiction and visual art published in the previous calendar year based on each book’s quality/craftsmanship of writing, level of engagement and how it uniquely represents the state of Utah...

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Lily Havey reads Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp

Lily Havey reads Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp

Local art fans likely will be familiar with local artist Lily Havey’s watercolors depicting the lives of Japanese Americans in internment camps during World War II. Over the past seven years she’s had a number of exhibits displaying these works, including  one currently at the Salt Lake Main Library Urban Room — Social Justice: Personal Views...

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A Complicated Web: Nate Liederbach's Negative Spaces

A Complicated Web: Nate Liederbach’s Negative Spaces

Nate Liederbach’s Negative Spaces is a short collection of three stories — just 82 pages — packed with magical writing and imagery that sticks with you long after you’ve closed the covers. Set in the American West and Midwest — Idaho, Colorado, Kansas — this is a challenging but quite entertaining volume that demands close...

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Father, Son, and the End of the Road: Kirk Millson’s 9,000 Miles of Fatherhood, A True Story

Father, Son, and the End of the Road: Kirk Millson’s 9,000 Miles of Fatherhood, A True Story

reviewed by Larry Menlove For a father, raising a son is fraught with missteps and reversals, aggravation and joy. I can say this with confidence having raised a couple of sons of my own and still working on a third. The hardest part is finding ways to relate. I’ve tried all the old standbys on...

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Nancy Takacs

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Nancy Takacs

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. Today, 15 Bytes features poet Nancy Takacs whose latest collection Juniper, a letterpress volume printed in a limited edition of 400 copies, was published in 2010 by Limberlost Press.  Today she provides four poems, the last one yet-to-be-published. Sunday...

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