In Sweet Hearts, Melanie Rae Thon has written the most complex and challenging book … Complex because she has densely stitched together five generations of the lives of the families she created, but also woven them into more than a century of eventful and unsettling Western history. And challenging not only because this is a history of relentless exploitation, marked by misadventure, injustice, and cruelty, but also because she refuses to shield herself or her readers from the true horror of the continuing conflict between the Native Americans who were driven from their lands again and again, and the interlopers from the east who always found, and continue to find, reasons why they still want to take for themselves even the desolate places they forced those defeated communities to take on.
The 4th Annual 15 Bytes Book Awards is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 Fiction Award. Finalists were determined by 15 Bytes’ staff and guest judges based on three criteria: Quality of Writing/Artistry Provides Insight into Utah landscape and/or culture and/or author has […]
The Salt Lake City Arts Council and Artists of Utah are collaborating on a new reading series that features writers Utah writers discussing their craft. Curated by David G. Pace, Literary Editor of Artists of Utah’s online magazine 15 Bytes, the Finch Lane Gallery Reading Series will bring […]
“Our only hope of finding grace was to tell our stories to each other,” writes Melanie Rae Thon in an essay titled “You Can’t Avoid Trouble: First, Body.” Both the line and the essay’s title are apt descriptions of Thon, who has been crafting graceful and haunting stories […]
Everyone’s buzzing about tonight’s 7pm SLC Library reading sponsored by CITY ART, as Melanie Rae Thon is expected to present new work from Vanishings, her book-length fusion of lyrical essay, poetry, and fiction. Thon’s writing has garnered multiple accolades including inclusion in three Pushcart Prize Anthologies, the O. […]
In This Light, University of Utah English Professor and award-winning author Melanie Rae Thon’s most recent story collection, brings together works from a quarter century of her writing, thus becoming in effect a cross section of her artistic development. It begins with two of her early stories, which […]