Josi Kilpack (aka Jessica Pack) - Kamas

Josi Kilpack (aka Jessica Pack)

Josi Kilpack (aka Jessica Pack)

Sep 27, 2018, 6:00 pm


Josi Kilpack (aka Jessica Pack)

Book Title

As Wide as the Sky



Northeast Region


Summit County Library -- Kamas Valley Branch
110 N Main St
Kamas , UT 84036-9595
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Josi Kilpack visits the Kamas valley Branch of the Summit County Library to discuss her new book, As Wide as the Sky, which was written under the pen name Jessica Pack. Kilpack's presentation will begin at 6:00 PM and will be followed by a book signing at 7:00 PM.

Five a.m.: Amanda Mallorie wakes to the knowledge that her son Robbie is gone. And a new chapter of her own life must begin. She has spent four years as her son’s only support, desperately trying to understand the actions that landed him on death row and to change his fate. Now Amanda faces an even more difficult task—finding a way, and a reason, to move forward with her own life.

Before the tragedy that unfolded in a South Dakota mall, Robbie was just like other people’s sons or daughters. Sometimes troubled, but sweet and full of goodness too. That’s the little boy Amanda remembers as she packs up his childhood treasures and progress reports, and discovers a class ring she’s never seen before. Who does it belong to and why did Robbie have it in his possession? So begins a journey that will remind her not only of who Robbie used to be, but of a time when she wasn’t afraid—to talk to strangers, to help those in need, to reach out. Robbie’s choices can never be unmade, but there may still be time for forgiveness and trust to grow again. For a future as wide as the sky.

Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and has written twenty-five novels, one cookbook, and been part of multiple collaborations since then. She is a four-time Whitney Award winner and Best of State winner in Fiction. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband and children.

When Kensington Press picked up her first national women's fiction novel, As Wide as the Sky, Josi was in need of a pen name to differentiate between her other genres. For years, Josi has been called Jessica Pack by people who hear her name but don't know her. It made her new pen name easy to choose. As Wide as the Sky will be released in paperback sometime in 2018.

This event is made possible with suppport from the Kamas Vally Branch, Summit County RAP Tax, and Utah Humanities.