Weller Book Works Event Calendar - Salt Lake City

Weller Book Works Event Calendar

Sep 15–Oct 31, 2018, 7:00 pm


Weller Book Works Event Calendar

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Salt Lake City

Wasatch Front Region


Weller Book Works
607 Trolley Sq
Salt Lake City , UT 84102-2827
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Our friends at Weller Book Works have been crucial to the Book Festival's success over the years. They have a very busy September and October and they'd like to invite all book lovers to check out their exciting lineup of events. Check their website for more info on each event: https://www.wellerbookworks.com/

Recurring Events:

Sept. 12 and 26, Oct. 10 and 24 @ 6:00 PM
Lit Knit

Join Catherine the Knit Chick and her Craft Circle for casual bookish conversation! Lit Knit is held the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month.

Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct 2, 9, 19, 23, 30 @ 10:00 AM
Breakfast Club With Catherine Weller

Have a cup of coffee and danish with Catherine Weller, who has all your early morning book news and gossip. Hosted and co-sponsored by Coffee Connection

September 28 and October 26 @ 6:30 PM
Collectors Book Salon

Readers read alone. Have you missed your bibliophilic buddies? Want to make a new smart friend? Meet book collectors and unique thinkers at Weller Book Works Collectors’ Book Salon.  Book lovers gather to share their passion for beautiful and interesting books. A different speaker every month.  Glasses are filled and socializing begins at 6:30. Collector’s Chats begin at 7:15.

Author Events:

Friday, September 14th, 7:00 PM
U.S. District Judge Frederic Block | Race to Judgement!

RACE TO JUDGMENT is a “reality-fiction” debut novel loosely based on a number of high-profile cases handled by its author, a federal trial court judge, over his 23 years on the federal bench in Brooklyn—such as the Crown Heights riots and the Peter Gotti trial. It tracks the rise of the fictional African-American civil rights protagonist Ken Williams (in real life, the recently deceased Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson) from his days as an Assistant United States Attorney through his meteoric rise to unseat the long-term, corrupt Brooklyn DA because of a spate of phony convictions against black defendants, including another one of the judge’s real cases (JoJo Jones in the book) for the murder of a Hasidic rabbi. Williams’ dramatic courtroom antics (with the aid of his colorful private eye) results in JoJo’s exoneration after 16 years behind bars. In addition, Williams defends a young black guidance counselor accused of killing the rabbi’s son many years ago, and champions the cause of a young Hasidic woman raped by her father. As a hobby, Williams plays jazz piano and writes country songs—written by the author—which are reproduced in the book.

Wednesday, September 19, 6:30 PM
Lynell Marie Garfield | The Secret Life of Streams

The Secret Life of Streams is an uplifting children's story of life in Small Creek as the daily adventures of stream insects and fish, as told by Loralei the Mayfly. Loralei asks young readers to meet her playmates in the bottom of Small Creek, with all of their strange lifestyles. By sharing her underwater adventures with readers, Loralei hopes to hatch out of the water welcomed by new above-water friends. The story transforms into a pictoral field guide that brings the cartooned characters together with real-life renderings of the insects, to engage and encourage young explorers. This story is the perfect tool for parents, teachers, or anyone interested in fostering connection to our resources, for a lifetime of thinking downstream and stewardship. This book was selected for Nevada's Sesquicentennial, to share Nevada's literature with students. After a critical review, The Secret Life of Streams was chosen to represent Nevada at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. on August 30 2014!

Saturday, September 22nd, 7:00 PM
Kathy Kirkpatrick | American Prisoner of War Camps in Arizona and Nevada

AMERICAN PRISONER OF WAR CAMPS IN ARIZONA AND NEVADA describes the impact of the large number of prisoners of war on the populations of Arizona and Nevada, as well as the impact of the people of Arizona and Nevada on those imprisoned there. Providing detail on the care and employment of prisoners of war according to the Geneva Convention of 1929, the lives of POWs in these states are illustrated, along with the details of camp locations in Arizona and Nevada and the deaths and burials that occurred among them. Some prisoner names are included, as well as references to source materials at various repositories. Historical photographs serve to provide depth to the story.

Tuesday, September 25th, 6:30 PM

On Tuesday, September 25, author Jason Heller will be here, in conversation with store owner and fellow 70's musicophile Tony Weller, discussing his book STRANGE STARS: DAVID BOWIE, POP MUSIC, AND THE DECADE SCI-FI EXPLODED!
As the 1960s drew to a close, and mankind trained its telescopes on other worlds, old conventions gave way to a new kind of hedonistic freedom that celebrated sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. Derided as nerdy or dismissed as fluff, science fiction rarely gets credit for its catalyzing effect on this revolution.
In Strange Stars, Jason Heller recasts sci-fi and pop music as parallel cultural forces that depended on one another to expand the horizons of books, music, and out-of-this-world imagery.

In doing so, he presents a whole generation of revered musicians as the sci-fi-obsessed conjurers they really were: from Sun Ra lecturing on the black man in the cosmos, to Pink Floyd jamming live over the broadcast of the Apollo 11 moon landing; from a wave of Star Wars disco chart toppers and synthesiser-wielding post-punks, to Jimi Hendrix distilling the “purplish haze” he discovered in a pulp novel into psychedelic song. Of course, the whole scene was led by David Bowie, who hid in the balcony of a movie theater to watch 2001: A Space Odyssey, and came out a changed man…

Thursday, September 27th, 7:00 PM
Deeton Charles | Memoirs of a Fallen Angel

Angela is one of 10 daughters of two fallen Angels who came to Earth to keep a war from erupting in Heaven over a forbidden affair. Her tribe comes in contact accidentally with Adam and Eve's tribe of eight sons. Hidden secrets come to light regarding the Angel clan and Angela fights to save her family from an evil that seeks to control Earth and all its inhabitants. Angela is asked by God to complete a mission that is crucial to the salvation of Humanity and bring back the balance that was lost when the Angel war erupted on Earth. She must find Cain, for he alone has the power to restore free will and agency on the suffering planet. But Cain has fallen in with the legion of the damned and is aiding them in their war against the Rainbow tribe of human Angels. Angela must overcome vampires, demons, fallen angels, and evil humans to restore the balance among the seven tribes of humanity, as well as the five original human clans, who now have blended with the Angel tribe and carry unique abilities.

Saturday, September 29, 2:00 PM
Brenda Stanley | The Treasure of Cedar Creek

In 1896, the isolated and vast state of Idaho is a haven for the polygamous splinter group called The Kingdom of Glory, which is hiding more than their outlawed practice of plural marriage. At the compound called Cedar Creek, the prophet is hoping to increase his congregation, even if that means marrying off girls to men decades older. When Peri, who escaped the compound years earlier, returns to help rescue Grace, a girl betrothed to the prophet himself, she ends up also saving her own sister Emma. As the three women make a frantic and deadly escape from the compound, they take with them both the newborn heir to the church, and their dead mother's cryptic journal to the prophet's hidden treasure. Along their journey, the women realize to truly be free they must face what holds them captive, even if those answers are more horrifying than they ever imagined.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 6:30 PM
James McLaughlin | Bearskin

Rice Moore is just beginning to think his troubles are behind him. He’s found a job protecting a remote forest preserve in Virginian Appalachia where his main responsibilities include tracking wildlife and refurbishing cabins. It’s hard work, and totally solitary—perfect to hide away from the Mexican drug cartels he betrayed back in Arizona. But when Rice finds the carcass of a bear killed on the grounds, the quiet solitude he’s so desperately sought is suddenly at risk.

Friday, October 5th, 7:00 PM
Julia Corbett | Out of the Woods: Seeing Nature in the Everyday

Have you ever wondered about society’s desire to cultivate the perfect lawn, why we view some animals as “good” and some as “bad,” or even thought about the bits of nature inside everyday items—toothbrushes, cell phones, and coffee mugs? In this fresh and introspective collection of essays, Julia Corbett examines nature in our lives with all of its ironies and contradictions by seamlessly integrating personal narratives with morsels of highly digestible science and research. Each story delves into an overlooked aspect of our relationship with nature—insects, garbage, backyards, noise, open doors, animals, and language—and how we cover our tracks.

Saturday, October 6th, 2:00 PM
Steve Patrick | A Whole of the Whole

Have you ever considered what a word actually is? What would happen if you didn't take words as seriously? What if you realized they aren't suitable for the heaviness they so often convey? What if you began to view words as mere tools, highly limited, highly misunderstood, and frequently misused? Steve Patrick was lost in words until he discovered they are not the truth tellers he took them to be. The stream of words passing through his mind caused stress and constriction that almost constantly lurked beneath my happy self. Though he was hardly aware of it, this underground torment generated negativity for him and those around him through judgment, criticism, and all kinds of comparison.

Monday, October 8th, 6:30 PM
Susan Purvis | Go Find: My Journey to Find the Lost—and Myself

Accompanied by her rebellious black Lab, Tasha, maverick Susan Purvis navigates her way through both deep snow and challenging relationships to find passion and purpose as she and Tasha learn to save lives in the Colorado mountains. Somewhere between hunting for gold in Latin America as a geologist and marriage to a new husband, 33-year-old Susan Purvis loses her way.

Friday, October 12th, 7:00 PM
Christian McKay Heidicker | Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower

Join us on October 12 for Spam sandwiches and green jello with Christian Heidicker, as he reads and signs ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WALLFLOWER! From the author of Cure for the Common Universe comes a monster-movie-like novel that bravely challenges perceived notions of beauty, identity, and modern voyeurism.

Phoebe Lane is a lightning rod for monsters. She and her mom are forced to flee flesh-eating plants, blobs from outer space, and radioactive ants. They survive thanks to Phoebe’s dad—an invisible titan, whose giant eyes warn them where the next monster attack will take place.

Friday, October 19th, 7:00 PM
Mark J. Nelson | White Hat: The Military Career of Captain William Philo Clark

Best known for his role in the arrest and killing of Crazy Horse and for the book he wrote, The Indian Sign Language, Captain William Philo Clark (1845–1884) was one of the Old Army’s renaissance men, by turns administrator, fighter, diplomat, explorer, and ethnologist. As such, Clark found himself at center stage during some of the most momentous events of the post–Civil War West: from Brigadier General George Crook’s infamous “Starvation March” to the Battle of Slim Buttes and the Dull Knife Fight, then to the attack against the Bannocks at Index Peak and Sitting Bull’s final fight against the U.S. Army.

Saturday, October 20, 2:00 PM
John Scalzi | The Consuming Fire

Join Wellers on October 20 at 2 PM as we welcome celebrated author John Scalzi to the store for a reading and signing of The Consuming Fire!

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi is the dazzling follow-up to The Collapsing Empire – a space opera in a universe on the brink of destruction. The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional pathway between the stars, is disappearing, leaving planets stranded. Billions of lives will be lost – unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures. But it’s not that easy. There are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth – or an opportunity for them to ascend to power.

Tuesday, October 22, 6:30 PM
Sonja Mable McClure | Shift, Motion

In Sonja Mabel McClure’s debut collection, Shift//Motion is a dynamic that is split into separate chapters with compelling themes of movement, travel, sound, and passion. This book envisions a shift out of redundancy, towards exploration with the top down and taking in every sense of self-discovery and wanderlust.

Sonja Mabel McClure is a poet and freelance writer. Several of her poems and articles have been featured in Touchstones, Catalyst, among others. When she’s not shaping words at the typewriter, Sonja enjoys nature, road trips, belly dancing, yoga, and playing with her adorable dogs. She resides in the suburbs of Salt Lake City.

October 23, 6:30 PM
Laura Rutter Strickling | On Fire in Baltimore: Black Mormon Women and Conversion in a Raging City

On Fire in Baltimore is more than just the personal stories of Black women who converted to Mormonism. Against the background of a city known for its racial and economic inequality, these devout women of color tell stories of drug addiction and rape, of nights spent in jail and days looking for work, and of single motherhood and grief for lost children. Yet, their stories are also filled with visitations from heavenly beings, dreams of deceased mothers, protection from violence, and missionary messengers. They share how they reconcile their membership in a historically White church that once denied them full membership because of their race. Laura Rutter Strickling takes the reader on an intimate journey where Black and White racialized lives meet, where she is compelled to question how her own whiteness has impacted her perspective, and where an unquenchable spiritual fire burns bright in a raging city.

Laura Rutter Strickling received her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and a Master’s in Intercultural Communication and PhD in Sociocultural Linguistics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She also completed a two-year post-doctoral position in Urban Education in Baltimore City. She has written articles about language, culture, and education. In her free time, she rides bikes with her husband throughout the city of Baltimore.