Have you ever wondered how authors get ideas for books? During National Book Month, the Utah Humanities Council offers several free book festivals at libraries across the state. The festival is an author-rich opportunity to meet engaging writers and have conversations with them about their ideas and books.
Weber County Library celebrates with two author events this week at its Pleasant Valley branch, 5568 Adams Ave., Washington Terrace.
* Utah author Lisa Mangum discusses her new young adult novel "After Hello" 7 p.m. Tuesday. Mangum's previous novel, "The Hourglass Door," won ForeWord Reviews 2009 Book of the Year for Young Adult Fiction.
* Utah author Brodi Ashton discusses her debut novel "Everneath" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
After each presentation, a book signing will be held with copies of the books available for purchase.
For a complete schedule of activities at libraries throughout the state, or additional information, visit the Book Festival website at www.utahhumanities.org/BookFestival.htm or call 801-359-9670.
* Clinton City Arts Board hosts Cafe ala Art, a poetry reading event, 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the Clinton City Recreation building,1651 W. 2300 North. Participants are invited to bring and share their favorite poetry. This is a free event.
* Author Rick Atkinson, who has won three Pulitzer Prizes, will be the speaker next month at the 2012 Ogden School Foundation Fall Author Event.
Atkinson is the best-selling author of "The Long Gray Line," the saga about the West Point class of 1966, and "Crusade," a narrative history of the Persian Gulf War. He also wrote "In the Company of Soldiers," an account of his time with General David H. Petraeus during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
The New York Times Book Review called the book "the most intimate, vivid, and well-informed account yet published" on that war, and Newsweek cited it as one of the 10 best books of 2004. His book "An Army at Dawn" won the Pulitzer Prize for history and is about the World War II invasion of North Africa. He is currently completing volume three of his Liberation Trilogy, a narrative history of the United States military's role in the liberation of Europe during World War II.
Atkinson will share uplifting stories of courageous leadership by U.S. military leaders at the fundraising dinner and book signing, which will be held 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Eccles Conference Center in Ogden.
Tables of 10 are available for $700, $900, $1,200 or $1,500. Individual tickets are $70-$150. To reserve tickets, call the Ogden School Foundation at 801-737-7305 or mail a check to the Ogden School Foundation/Fall Author 2012, 1950 Monroe Blvd., Ogden, 84401.