Utah Humanities Book Festival


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Photo: Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon in conversation about human values at the Utah Humanities Book Festival and the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah. Image courtesy of  the Tanner Humanities Center.


Join Us for the 2018 Utah Humanities Book Festival!

Our 2018 Utah Humanities Book Festival marks 21 years of improving Utah communities through reading, literature, and conversations with authors and each other.

As our annual statewide celebration of literature, we work with partners in scores of Utah communities. Organizations across the state will again host hundreds of book festival events featuring both national and local authors. As always, participants will engage with authors through panel discussions, book signings, and conversations that are designed to connect both reader and writer.

Visit our Book Festival Calendar to see upcoming events. More authors and related events are being added daily, so check back often. You can also Download our Printed Program .

For more information on the entire book festival, contact Michael McLane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 801.359.9670 x104.

We are committed to ensuring that all people, regardless of disability, have equal and full access to our programs and events. If you require any accommodations, please submit a request to Michael McLane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 801.359.9670 x104.

Utah Humanities Book Festival: A Lasting Legacy

The Annual Utah Humanities Book Festival is Utah’s oldest and only statewide book festival and has become Utah’s signature literary event. Each year, the festival is a chance for book lovers of all types to enjoy some great, free-of-charge literary events at locations throughout Utah.

Over the past 21 years we've inspired Utah communities by offering the state's largest annual book festival. Our inaugural festival, known then as The Great Salt Lake Book Festival, started in 1998 and was a one-day event featuring 30 authors at Westminster College. Twenty years later, our annual Utah Humanities Book Festival now spans two full months each September and October. We've grown to 122 events in 16 communities, and consistently feature over 100 authors. We've expanded our reach by partnering with libraries, community centers, cultural organizations, and more to serve upwards of 12,000 Utahns every fall.

Each year, we hear very personal stories about how an author or book has generated conversation, insight, and understanding. We hear about communities coming together and collectively immersing in books of all types - everything from historical fiction to comedy to poetry. We listen to individuals talk about how their personal or professional lives were affected in life-changing ways by talking with an author who inspired them. We hear about how we've helped to improve Utah communities through books, reading, and the resulting conversations . . . in short, through the humanities.


Many thanks to the Book Festival’s sponsors: the George S and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, the R. Harold Burton Foundation, Chevron, the Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks Fund, the Utah Office of Tourism, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, The King’s English Bookshop, Weller Book Works, Catalyst, SLUG Magazine, The Enterprise, and City Weeklysponsorlogos

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