Oct 4 2013 - 4:10pm


Karl Beckstrand
Karl Beckstrand


  • Author Scott O'Brien, a native of Ogden, has released his latest book, "Ruth Chatterton: Actress, Aviator, Author" (BearManor Media, $32.95).


The biography depicts the life of Chatterton, who followed her Broadway success with a film career and two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress. A skilled aviator and friend of Amelia Earhart, Chatterton sponsored her own air derbies and in the 1950s crowned her achievements as a best-selling author.


  • Hastings in Ogden will host three author events this week:


-- Missouri author Steven Law will discuss and sign copies of his Western novels "El Paso Way" (Berkley, $6.99) and "Yuma Gold" (Berkley, $6.99) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.

-- Florida author Marcus G. Polk will discuss and sign copies of his novel "The Adventures of Karny Wilson: Flight for Freedom" (Polk & Polk Publishers, $10.95) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.

-- Ogden author Christy Monson will discuss and sign copies of her self-improvement book "Becoming Free: A Woman's Guide to Internal Strength" (Familius, $17.95); her young-adult novels "Texting Through Time: A Trek With Brigham Young" (Bonneville Books, $9.99) and "Texting Through Time: John Taylor and the Mystery Puzzle" (Bonneville Books, $12.99); and "Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen" (Familius, $16.95) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12.

Hastings is at 340 E. 525 North, Ogden.


  • Author Karl Beckstrand will discuss how to create, publish and market your book or e-book as part of this month's Brigham City Book Festival, celebrating books, ideas and imagination.


An eight-time published author with 16 titles online, Beckstrand will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Brigham City Library, 26 E. Forest St. He will present the pros and cons of traditional, self- and e-publishing, teach how to use social media to market your work, and will take questions from attendees.

Also in conjunction with the book festival, the library will offer a class in making a pumpkin decoration out of an old book at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. RSVP at the library's circulation desk and bring a sharp pair of scissors. The library has a limited numbers of books to be used for the project that will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, or participants can bring their own book to cut up.

These free events are in partnership with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, a program of the Utah Center for the Book, a Library of Congress affiliate. For more information, visit


  • M.L. Gardner, of Pleasant View, has released her latest e-book, "Drifter" (Amazon Digital Services, $2.99), the fourth in her series, for purchase on


"Drifter" is a companion novel to "1930" and, according to a news release, leads the reader into the world of Richard Sloan, a Massachusetts missing-person detective who seems to be losing his touch. After six months he hasn't found anyone alive and becomes desperate to redeem his reputation. When he unwittingly stumbles on information that leads him to a man everyone in Rockport thinks is dead, it just might be his chance.


  • The following events will be held this week at The King's English Bookshop at 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City:


-- Colorado author Charlie Quimby will read from and sign "Monument Road" (Torrey House Press, $16.95), a modern western about love, loss, and aging set in southwestern Colorado, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

-- Award-winning cartoonist Brian Cranes, of Sparks, Nev., will sign the newest edition in his Pickles comic strips collection, "Oh, Sure! Blame It on the Dog!" (Baobab Press, $14.95) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9.

-- Alyson Hagy, of Wyoming, will read from and sign her novel "Boleto" (Graywolf Press, $15) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. "Boleto" tells the story of a young Wyoming horse trainer determined to make something of himself. She'll be joined by BYU professor Stephen Tuttle, who will read his poetry.

-- At 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, Utah author Julie Berry will read from and sign her edgy young-adult mystery, "All the Truth That's in Me" (Viking Juvenile, $17.99), the disturbing story of a young girl's capture, torture, and release and her friend's murder.

-- This week The King's English will also host an event at Rowland Hall, 843 Lincoln St., Salt Lake City. Utahn James Dashner, author of The New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, will read from and sign "The Eye of Minds" (Delacorte Press, $18.99) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. It is the first book in a new series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists and gaming.

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