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  Brigham City Library Book Festival*

Celebrating Books, Ideas, and Imagination

October 2017

In Partnership with the Utah Humanities and the Utah Humanities Book Festival, a program of the Utah Center for the Book, a Library of Congress affiliate.

Utah Humanities Book Festival

JanitorsTyler Whitesides Heroes of the Dustbin

Monday, 2 October 2017, 7 p.m.

Tyler Whitesides

Books Can Take You Places

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P/K Book Group Reads: "The Janitors"

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 4 p.m./7 p.m.

Speed Date With a Book

Tuesday, 3 October 2017, 7 p.m.

Josi Kilpack, Dan Allen, Marie Higgins, Karl Beckstrand, Jodee Steffensen, B.A. Simmons, Joy Spraycar, Kathryn E. Jones, Patricia G. Stevenson, Jo Schneider, Melissa Cunningham, E.D. Poulsen

Speed Date with a Book

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 7 p.m.

Gregg Luke

On His Writing

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 7 p.m.

Clair Poulson

On His Writing

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 7 p.m.

Joy Spraycar

Plotting For Pantsers

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Tyler Whitesides

Janitors

Heroes of the Dustbin

Monday, 2 October 2017, 7 p.m. - Tyler Whitesides

Books Can Take You Places

Join Tyler Whitesides at our library as he talks about the power books have to take you to many places and worlds. He'll share some of his favorite books and tell about his own experiences writing stories. This will be an interactive, fun, exciting night for all ages. A book signing will follow his presentation.

Tyler Whitesides was born in Washington state. The youngest of five siblings, he was raised in northern Utah where he still resides. Tyler spent much of his childhood outdoors, exploring the mountains near his house, and imagining many adventures with his neighborhood friends. He developed a love of books from a very young age, and with that came a desire to write his own stories.
In middle school, Tyler joined the school band and began learning to play percussion instruments. He had many opportunities to perform on stage as a soloist with concert bands and orchestras, as well as rehearsing and performing some of his own compositions. After high school, Tyler spent two years in Argentina where he learned to speak Spanish.
Upon returning home, Tyler attended Utah State University, where he received a Bachelors in Music, specifically, Percussion Performance. While attending the University, Tyler got a part time job at a middle school as a night custodian.

Wandering the halls of the middle school each night sparked the ideas which eventually led to the JANITORS series. Tyler wrote the first draft of JANITORS in 2009, and after connecting with his first agent, Rubin Pfeffer, landed the series at Shadow Mountain Publishing. JANITORS was published in 2011.
Over the next five years, the JANITORS series was developed and published, with the fifth and final book hitting shelves in 2015. During the course of the series, Tyler had the opportunity to visit many states, presenting at more than 600 schools across the country. He is now represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency.


Tyler lives in Northern Utah with his wife, Connie, and their son. Tyler still enjoys spending time outdoors, fly fishing mountain streams, and exploring nature. He continues to practice percussion, performing in a garbage-can drum quartet aptly called, The Jammin’ Janitors. Tyler also enjoys acting and singing, performing musicals with local theater companies. But most of the time, you’ll find him hard at work on the thing he loves most – writing!

www.tylerwhitesides.com

Tie-In event: Thursday, 14 September 2017 - P/K (Parent/Kid) Book Group - "Janitors" by Tyler Whitesides.

Attend the book group at 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. - Pick-up a copy of the book at the library in advance (while copies last) and come discuss "Janitors" and enjoy a book-related snack.

Then bring you copy to the event on Monday, 2 October 2017 at 7 p.m. and have your copy signed by Tyler Whitesides!

Josi Kilpack

All That Makes Life Bright

 

Dan Allen

The Fall of the Dragon Prince

 

Marie Higgins

The Sweetest Challenge

 

Joy Spraycar

Keepers of Hell's Island

 

Jo Schneider

Crippled Hope

 

Kathryn Jones

Scrambled

 

Karl Beckstrand

The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living

 

B.A. Simmons

The Voyage of the Entdecker

 

Patricia G. Stevenson

The Dilapidated Man

 

Jodee Steffensen

Twelve Acts of Christmas

 

Melissa Cunningham

Reluctant Guardian

 

Erin Poulsen

Journey to Sol

Tuesday, 3 October 2017, 7 p.m. –

Josi Kilpack, Dan Allen, Marie Higgins, Joy Spraycar, Jo Schneider, Kathryn E. Jones, Karl Beckstrand, B.A. Simmons, Patricia G. Stevenson, Jodee Steffensen, Melissa Cunningham, E.D. Poulsen


Speed Date with a Book

12 Authors. 12 (or more) Books.

Come and meet twelve Utah authors. Find out about their books and writing life in a super fast "Speed Date with a Book" format. There'll be time to chat mingle with the authors and nosh on some tasty treats.

Book sales and signing at this event!

More about the authors on the panel:

Josi Kilpack:

Josi is the author of twenty-seven novels—including the twelve-volume Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery series—one cookbook, several novellas, and is a participant in several co-authors projects and anthologies. She is a four-time Whitney award winner, including Novel of the year, and a recipient of the Utah Best in State for fiction. She is currently writing regency and historical romance, and women’s fiction. Josi loves to bake, sleep, read, and travel. She doesn’t like to exercise, do yard work, or learn how to do new things but she does them anyway. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children and live in Northern Utah.

www.josiskilpack.com

Dan Allen:

Dan Allen is a newly discovered fantasy and sci-fi author. He is chief technology officer at a tech startup, a father and husband to his drummer-artist wife. Fall of the Dragon Prince is the first novel in Dan’s epic fantasy trilogy The Forgotten Heirs. He has designed lasers for the government and sensors for cell phones, lit a three-story electron accelerator on fire, chased a flying stool across a high magnetic field zone, and created nanoparticles in a radioactive lab. He lives in the mountain west, where the desert touches the mountains and the sky.

More interesting facts about me:
I have a PhD in physics from UCSB and spend a lot of time working with youth groups. My hobbies are writing, inventing and game design. I’m a fun and entertaining speaker. My company is one of the fastest growing high-tech startups in Utah. We make a super fancy toilet that measures everything the doctor’s office does, so you don’t have to go to the doctor. It’s crazy cool and people geek out about it.

authordanallen.com

Marie Higgins:

Since Marie Higgins was a little girl playing Barbies with her sister, Stacey, she has loved the adventure of making up romantic stories. Marie was only eighteen years old when she wrote her first community skit, which won an award for Funniest Skit. A little later in life, after she’d married and had children, Marie wrote Church roadshows that were judged as "Funniest" and "Best Written". From there, she branched out to write full-length novels based on her dreams. (Yes, she says, her dreams really are that silly)

Marie has been married for several years to a wonderful man. Together, they have three loving daughters and several beautiful grandchildren. Marie works full time for the state of Utah, and has lived in this state her entire life. Marie plans to keep writing, because the characters in her head won’t shut up. But her husband smiles and pretends this is normal.

http://www.mariehiggins.com/

Joy Spraycar:

Joy Spraycar is an Award-Winning, Best- Selling author of Gothic, Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, and Urban Fantasy Novels. Her First Novel, Quicksilver Won the Bronze Medal from the League of Utah Writers and the Golden Quill for best first book from the Texas Desert Rose Contest of Romance Writers of America. Tawny’s Ghost also won the Golden Pen from Heart of the West Contest of Romance Writers of America. She was also voted top Novelist in 2010 for Phantom Wolves.

She is Past President of Utah Romance Writers of America chapter and has served on that board since 2010.

She got her first taste of publishing in 7th Grade when her horror story was published in the National Scholastic Magazine. She has written all her life, but didn’t start publishing until 2009.

She has loves playing with children, which keeps her imagination in great working order.

Joyspraycar.com

Jo Schneider:

Jo Schneider grew up in Utah and Colorado, and finds mountains helpful in telling which direction she is going. One of Jo's goals is to travel to all seven continents—five down and two to go.

Another goal was to become a Jedi Knight, but when that didn't work out, Jo started studying Shaolin Kempo. She now has a black belt, to go with her shoes, and she keeps going back for more, because hitting things is fun. An intervention may be in order.

Being a geek at heart, Jo has always been drawn to science fiction and fantasy. She writes both and hopes to introduce readers to worlds that wow them and characters they can cheer for. Post apocalyptic survivor stories are one of her favorites, as illustrated by her five book JAGGED SCARS series.

Jo lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her adorkable husband, Jon, who is very useful for science and computer information as well as getting items off of top shelves.

Stalk Jo at: joannschneider.com

Kathryn E. Jones:

Kathryn is a writer and lover of Christian fiction, nonfiction, mystery and LDS focused works. She began her writing career as a freelancer for the Salt Lake Tribune, and later for the Deseret News, attended college in her 40s and opened Idea Creations Press in 2012. She currently writes, publishes, markets, and assists other writers with their writing dreams.

www.ideacreationspress.com

Karl Beckstrand:

Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author of 19 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 50 ebook titles (reviews by Kirkus, School Library Journal, The Horn Book blog, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San Jose, CA, he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. His survival western, To Swallow the Earth won a 2016 International Book Award. A college media instructor, Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. Beckstrand's nationally lauded Y.A. stories, e-book mysteries, ESL/ELL Spanish/bilingual books, nonfiction, and wordless books feature ethnically diverse characters—and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared in: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Costco, Deseret Book, iBooks, The Children’s Miracle Network, LDS Film Festival, the U.S. Congressional Record,Papercrafts Magazine, and various broadcasts.

FB, Twitter, KarlBeckstrand.com, PremioBooks.com

B.A. Simmons:

B.A. Simmons is a product of the Mountain West. He grew up hiking and running through the Rockies in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter. He loves teaching, playing traditional table-top strategy and RPG games, European Medieval history, beekeeping, ultra running, and eating delicious food. When he's not doing one of these he's writing science fiction.

He has been writing since heI was eleven years old and hasn't stopped since. "The Voyage of the Entdecker" is his first published novel and is the first in a series of five books.

B.A. is a graduate of Utah State University and a self-described sesquipedalian ludditish renaissance man.

He lives in Ogden, Utah with his wife and kids, dogs, a cat and my vivid imagination. It's that imagination that keeps him sane in all of this.

www.facebook.com/Archipelagoauthor

Patricia G. Stevenson:

Patricia G. Stevenson, Author of the Professor Del Channing Murder Mystery series born and reared in the West, has been active in the business community for many years. She has also traveled extensively. Utilizing these experiences, she has been able to capture situations and locales where the adventures of Professor Channing take place.

patriciagstevenson.com

Jodee Steffensen:

Jodee’s first memory of storytelling was as a young child when she invented stories for her siblings to explain thunder and lightning during a storm. She is a compulsive writer and has explored nearly all formats. She received her first award in the 8th grade for a short story, was published in high school for poetry, and has received awards for her historic series, Shakespeare’s Witch.

Current titles include an educational collection called “Playcraft Plays,” two young adult books titled “Marley Scrood” and “Wordtrapped,” the historical romance series “Shakespeare’s Witch,” and a contemporary romance, “Twelve Acts of Christmas.”
She is a wife and mother and recently went from having two children to twelve, no grandchildren to forty five. She can also boast ten great grandchildren. She loves to garden and play outdoors, hike in Utah’s beautiful mountains, and take cruises!

Jodee believes that all good stories involve romance and adventure. Romance because a critical part of being human is the overwhelming need to be loved. And adventure because we all need to act on our dreams.

www.JodeeSteffensen.com

Melissa Cunningham:

Melissa Cunningham (also known as M.E. Cunningham) was born in Oregon but grew up in Utah, where she was raised on a steady diet of fine literature from Charlotte's web to the The Trumpeter Swan, and then plenty of romances in her teen years. She now lives with her husband on a little farm in northern Utah where all she can see out of her back door is miles of pasture and stunning sunsets. Not only does she raise horses, dogs, cats, and chickens, but her five kids also. When Melissa is not writing you can find her spending time in the outdoors with her family or dancing wildly to rock music in her living room. She loves running, camping, and all things fiction--scary, mind-numbing stories preferred.

www.melissajcunningham.com

E.D. Poulsen:

I am not a writer, or an author, I am a storyteller and all I really want is to have my stories be shared with as many people as possible. Journey for Sol is the starting point of my work. It is the first book I have published and is the first book in the Crystal Chronicle series. I live in Tremonton Utah with 2 cats, 1 husband and a whole other world trapped in my head, begging to be released and shared with the world.

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Gregg Luke

Infected

Deadly Undertakings

 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 7 p.m. - Gregg Luke

On His Writing

The two most frequent questions I get asked are how do I come up with my ideas, and how do I shape them into a novel.

Being a full-time pharmacist has many perks, from the satisfaction of helping patients to being privy to the latest drug therapies. My incessant study of medicine reveals a treasure trove of ideas for new novels. The age-old question, What if?, reigns supreme as I read about new drugs, harmful interactions, and strange side effects.

Once I have an idea, I begin research in earnest. This is often my favorite part of writing. My task then becomes deciding what will work in the story and what awesome, fascinating, but ultimately non-useable stuff I leave out. (Sometimes it’s downright heartbreaking.) Then I tackle the challenge of making the science easy to understand to a lay audience and yet have it remain complex enough to fascinate and add credence to plausibility. It’s my personal goal (and claim to fame) that 99% of all the science, medicines, reactions, etc in my novels is real. I believe it adds to the creepiness of the story if you realize that what you’re reading could actually happen! (gasp!)

The next step is crafting a compelling story around the research. Do I use an outline? Not really. I first imagine a handful of scenarios in my mind, giving each a beginning, a middle, and an end. I then mentally construct a sequential backbone with these scenes, giving my story a skeletal framework. From there I begin to add the muscle. This is when the actual writing takes place. I pound out the scenes, watching the movies in my head, and layer them onto my skeleton. When the body is mostly formed, I go back and paint on a skin. This is where I buff, sculpt, scrape, trim fat, and give a face to my story. The final fine-tuning is much like a cosmetic surgeon nipping, tucking, and tightening the end product.

Having said that, I am actually more of a discovery writer than a structured out-liner. I generally know where I want to start, what needs to happen, and how it should end, but I have no idea how it will play out until I start typing. I am a big believer in letting my characters tell the story. So despite all the planning mentioned in the previous paragraph, I often am surprised by the twists, turns, and even dialogue my characters employ as they are presented with the complexities of the story. Yes, my imaginary friends tell me what to do. But they always take me for a great ride.

I believe having compelling characters is the most vital component of any good novel. And while the science/plot/concept is cool and thrilling, it’s how the characters use, react to, or manipulate that science that make a good story.

So there you have it. These are all my literary secrets. Now you too can write a gripping medical thriller!

www.greggluke.com

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Clair Poulson

Silent Spring

Murder at Tophouse

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 7 p.m. – Clair Poulson

On His Writing

Clair M. Poulson was born and raised in Duchesne, Utah. His father was a rancher and farmer, his mother a librarian. Clair has always been an avid reader, having found his love for books as a very young boy.

He has served for forty years in the criminal justice system. Twenty years were spent in law enforcement, ending his police career with eight years as the Duchesne County Sheriff. For the past twenty years Clair has worked as a justice court judge for Duchesne County. Clair is also a veteran of the US Army where he was a military policeman. He has served on various boards and councils during his professional career, including the Justice Court Board of Judges, Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, Utah Judicial Council, Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, an FBI advisory board and others.

In addition to his criminal justice work, Clair has farmed and ranched all of his life. He has raised many kinds of animals, but his greatest interest is horses.

Clair has served in many capacities in the LDS church, including fulltime missionary (California Mission) bishop, counselor to bishop, young men president, high councilor, stake mission president, scoutmaster, High Priest group leader, etc. He currently serves as a Sunday School teacher.

Clair is married to Ruth, and together, they have five children, all of whom are married: Alan (Vicena) Poulson, Kelly Ann (Wade) Hatch, Amanda (Ben) Semadeni, Wade (Brooke) Poulson, and Mary (Tyler) Hicken. Between them they have twenty-five grandchildren. Clair and Ruth met while both were students at Snow College and were married in the Manti temple.

Clair has always loved telling his children, and later his grandchildren, make-up stories. His vast experience in life and his love of literature has always contributed to both his telling stories to children and his writing of adventure and suspense novels.

www.clairmpoulson.com

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Joy Spraycar

Keepers of Hell's Island

 

 

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 7 p.m. – Joy Spraycar

Plotting for Pantsers

Plotting of Pantsers Workshop.

Pantsers often spend more time "writing in circles" or doing massive rewrites. Joy Spraycar offers a way for Pantsers to ask themselves just enough questions to help them get a firm grip on the Goals, Motivations, Conflicts, Characterizations, Settings, and Main Plot Points. These questions help them write a first draft more quickly and one that requires less rewrites, all while keeping the excitement of discovery that Pantsers love alive.

Joy Spraycar is an Award-Winning, Best- Selling author of Gothic, Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, and Urban Fantasy Novels. Her First Novel, Quicksilver Won the Bronze Medal from the League of Utah Writers and the Golden Quill for best first book from the Texas Desert Rose Contest of Romance Writers of America. Tawny’s Ghost also won the Golden Pen from Heart of the West Contest of Romance Writers of America. She was also voted top Novelist in 2010 for Phantom Wolves.

She is Past President of Utah Romance Writers of America chapter and has served on that board since 2010.

She got her first taste of publishing in 7th Grade when her horror story was published in the National Scholastic Magazine. She has written all her life, but didn’t start publishing until 2009.

She has loves playing with children, which keeps her imagination in great working order.

Joyspraycar.com

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*This program has received funding from the Utah Humanities Council.  The Utah Humanities Council promotes understanding of diverse traditions, values, and ideas through informed public discussion.

Utah Humanities

 

These programs will be held at the Brigham City Library, 26 E. Forest Street, in meeting rooms 1 & 2.

For more information call, 723-5850.

For other Utah Humanities Book Festival programs and events around the state visit the Utah Humanities website to view the Festival calendar.

Utah Humanities Book Festival

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