David Pace at City Art

Sep 23, 2015, 7:00 pm

Novelist David Pace and poet Rob Carney will share work from their new books at the Salt Lake City Public Library. This event is part of the City Art Series.

It is the year 1972, and Riley Hartley finds that he, his family, community, and his faith are entirely indistinguishable from each other. He is eleven. A young woman named Lucy claims God has revealed to her that she is to live with Riley’s family. Her quirks are strangely disarming, her relentless questioning of their life incendiary and sometimes comical. Her way of taking religious practice to its logical conclusion leaves a strong impact on her hosts and propels Riley outside his observable universe toward a trajectory of self-discovery.

Set in Provo and New York City during the seventies and eighties, Dream House on Golan Drive encapsulates the normal expectations of a Mormon experience and turns them on their head. The style, too, is innovative in how it employs as narrator “Zed,” one of the apocryphal Three Nephites who, with another immortal figure, the Wandering Jew of post-biblical legend, engage regularly in light-hearted banter and running commentary, animating the story and leavening the heartache with humor and tenderness.

David G. Pace has published in Alligator Juniper, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, ellipsis, Phone Fiction, Quarterly West, and Sunstone. Winner of Association for Mormon Letters and Dialogue Foundation Best Short Awards, Pace continues to follow his muse as the literary editor of 15 Bytes magazine.

88 Maps is Rob Carney's 4th full-length collection of poems that discusses how to find our way around in the New West, how to live in its physical and metaphysical suburbs. It's about the times, places, and wildness we should say yes to by praising and laughing and telling stories. And it's about looking at all our real and figurative cul-de-sacs and saying no. It's a collection of praise songs, mini-essays, challenges to rampant development and the injustice of market-crashed home foreclosures, and narratives commemorating the last best places, and 21st century fables. To hear a recent podcast in which Carney is interviewed by fellow poet J.P. Dancingbear, visit: http://jp-dancingbear.squarespace.com/outofourminds/2015/8/31/out-of-our-minds-wguest-rob-carney

Rob Carney is originally from Washington State. He is a two-time winner of the Utah Book Award for Poetry and the author of three previous books and three chapbooks of poems, including Story Problems and Weather Report. His work has appeared in many journals as well as the Norton anthology, Flash Fiction Forward. In 2014, he received the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry. He is a professor of English at Utah Valley University and lives in Salt Lake City.

This event is made possible with the support of the Salt Lake City Public Library, Utah Humanities, and City Art.

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Event Contact:

Michael McLane