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Utah Humanities Book Festival continues in Weber County through November 

By Deann Armes - | Sep 29, 2021
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Cael, Beck and Cooper Wilkinson pose with Christian Heidicker after his reading Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival.
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Chritian McKay Heidicker, Newbery Medal-winning author of "Scary Stories for Young Foxes," read from his new book at one of the Weber Book Links events as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival.
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Ten Weber Book Links events remain in Weber County as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival, occurring through November. Local event details can be found at weberbooklinks.wordpress.com, and statewide events at utahhumanities.org.
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Ten Weber Book Links events remain in Weber County as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival, occurring through November. Local event details can be found at weberbooklinks.wordpress.com, and statewide events at utahhumanities.org.

Weber Book Links, together with local organizations, is currently hosting literary events for readers of all interests throughout Weber County as part of the 24th Annual Utah Humanities Book Festival that continues through Nov. 16.

Ten out of 17 events remain, which include a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Caldecott and Newbery medal-winning children’s book authors, self-published local writers and Ogden’s own poet laureate. The Treehouse Children’s Museum, Weber County Library and Weber State University are host to many of the events.

“We have had a successful lineup so far,” said Weber Book Links organizer Sunni Wilkinson. “We’ve already seen and heard from award-winning poets, a Newbery award-winning children’s author, our Ogden poet laureate, and a local writer who just released his first novel.”

One event that Wilkinson was particularly excited about happened last Saturday. She said Christian McKay Heidicker, Newbery Medal-winning author of “Scary Stories for Young Foxes,” came to the North Branch of the Weber County Library and “regaled us with funny stories, a fun game and a reading from his newest book, a companion to his other scary stories book called ‘Scary Stories for Young Foxes: The City.'” The Queen Bee bookstore was there to sell books, and an engaged group of parents and kids attended.

“We still have 10 terrific events forthcoming,” Wilkerson said.

This Thursday’s event is a panel of local self-published authors and the local Glass Spider Publishing discussing the ins and outs of the self-publishing world.

Author Devi Lockwood, whose event was rescheduled for Oct. 4, has traveled the world in search of powerful individual stories about climate change. “She weaves these together in her book called ‘1,001 Voices on Climate Change,'” Wilkerson said. This event will be presented over Zoom, will be played on a large screen at the Southwest Branch of the Weber County Library for anyone who would like to watch there, and The Queen Bee will be there selling books.

Weber State University’s Dan Bedford, geography professor and director of the Honors Program, will be moderating, and Wilkinson says they anticipate a lot of interest in the Lockwood event.

“Climate change is an important subject for public discussion right now, considering the drought we’re all living through here in Utah and the evidence we have that our earth cannot continue to survive at this rate of destruction, so we’re thrilled we can bring this book and author to Weber County,” she said.

“Another great one is Alix Harrow, a popular fantasy and historical fiction author whose newest book, ‘A Spindle Splintered,’ is getting a lot of buzz,” Wilkerson added. Harrow’s event will also be on Zoom presented at the Southwest Branch of Weber County Library, and the Queen Bee will also be selling her books there.

For both the Harrow and the Lockwood events, The Queen Bee should have autographed book plates along with the books.

On Oct. 5, there is an event to help book clubs select engaging and thought-provoking books and another award-winning children’s author, Caldecott winner Brian Floca, coming to The Treehouse Children’s Museum.

“We have worked hard to offer Weber County a wide variety of events for all ages and interests and hope to see many curious, excited readers at each event,” Wilkerson said.

All links to the Zoom events can be found at www.instagram.com/weberbooklinks/, www.facebook.com/WeberBookLinks.

See the statewide schedule and links at www.utahhumanities.org.

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