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Book Reviews
Painted Sky: Book on artists of the Rocky Mountain West gives 14 Utahns lots of ink

Painted Sky: Book on artists of the Rocky Mountain West gives 14 Utahns lots of ink

Factoid: White men can’t dance. (Well there was Baryshnikov, Nureyev, David Bowie. . .) But this has nothing to do with our book review—just an attention-grabber. Factoid: Most artists can’t write about their own work . . . Fact: It’s much easier to write long than short. So why would an author ask “106 Artists...

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Passing Through: Richard Menzies' existential journey across America’s outback

Passing Through: Richard Menzies’ existential journey across America’s outback

by Christine Baczek America’s West is full of lonely roads and desolate countryside where a paper map and spare tire are more important than a cell phone. These roads set the stage for Passing Through, in which author and photojournalist Richard Menzies recounts the “existential wonderland of a rabbit hole” he encountered in the rural...

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Painters of Grand Teton National Park by Donna L. and James L. Poulton

Painters of Grand Teton National Park by Donna L. and James L. Poulton

Commissioned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 2016 formation of the National Park Service, the book is a joy to peruse. At a whopping 288 pages, this coffee-table-size tome brings the Grand Teton Range and Jackson Hole area to life in two dimensions. From “Trappers and Traders” to more contemporary works (by Poor Yorick’s...

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We Are All Matthew Brown: Paul Ketzle's The Late Matthew Brown

We Are All Matthew Brown: Paul Ketzle’s The Late Matthew Brown

In the 15th Century morality play Everyman, the common conceit is that mankind will come upon a day of reckoning whereupon each man’s life will be scored by each of his good deeds. Everyman, reminded of death at all turns, seeks assurance from his fellows that he has done good. Ultimately he loses all his...

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Moth Wings and Starlight: Danielle Dubrasky's "Ruin and Light"

Moth Wings and Starlight: Danielle Dubrasky’s “Ruin and Light”

Reviewed by Jennifer Tonge   Danielle Beazer Dubrasky’s new chapbook collection, Ruin and Light (The Anabiosis Press), begins in sleep and dreaming, and the shape-shifting lines of its lovely first poem, previously published in 15 Bytes’ Sunday Blog Read, contain in microcosm the themes, motifs, and movements of everything that follows—and prompt questions that will follow...

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A Death in the Family: Carys Bray's A Song for Issy Bradley

A Death in the Family: Carys Bray’s A Song for Issy Bradley

There’s a moment in A Song for Issy Bradley, Carys Bray’s luminous first novel (and 15 Bytes Book Award finalist this year), when a teenage Mormon girl named Zippy is asked at a party she’s not supposed to be at, “[I]f you weren’t already a member, would you join the Church?” This is not only...

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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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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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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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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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Reflections on Contemporary Art: Two Book Reviews

Reflections on Contemporary Art: Two Book Reviews

The Supermodel and the Brillo Box: Back Stories and Peculiar Economics From the World of Contemporary Art  by Don Thompson. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2014. ISBN 978-1-137-27908-8, 288 pages. Ten Rather Eccentric Essays on Art: Reflections on Damien Hirst, postmodernism, the art market, food in art and more . . . by John Seed. Prepared...

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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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Lance Olsen's Theories of Forgetting

Lance Olsen’s Theories of Forgetting

For fans of experimental or metamodern fiction, Lance Olsen is a well-known name. He has published over twenty volumes of fiction, essays, and “anti-textbook” work, with another forthcoming. There are few writers working today who are more prolific, inventive and as simultaneously micro- and macrocosmic in scope as Olsen. In his twelfth novel, Theories of...

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Maximilian Werner's Evolved: Chronicles of a Pleistocene Mind

Maximilian Werner’s Evolved: Chronicles of a Pleistocene Mind

In an interview with 15 Bytes on the occasion of the its publication, Max Werner explained that his fourth book, Evolved: Chronicles of a Pleistocene Mind, was actually written before the three that preceded it into print: Black River Dreams, a collection of literary essays about fishing, Crooked Creek, a novel about settler experiences in...

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