Book Festival


It's our 20th Anniversary!

This year's 20th Annual Utah Humanities Book Festival is Utah’s oldest and only statewide book festival and has become Utah’s signature literary event. Each year, the festival is a chance for book lovers of all types to enjoy some great, free-of-charge literary events at locations throughout Utah.

Over the past 20 years we've inspired Utah communities by offering the state's largest annual book festival. Our inaugural festival, known then as The Great Salt Lake Book Festival, started in 1998 and was a one-day event featuring 30 authors at Westminster College. Twenty years later, our annual Utah Humanities Book Festival now spans two full months each September and October. We've grown to 122 events in 16 communities, and consistently feature over 100 authors. We've expanded our reach by partnering with libraries, community centers, cultural organizations, and more to serve upwards of 12,000 Utahns every fall.

Each year, we hear very personal stories about how an author or book has generated conversation, insight, and understanding. We hear about communities coming together and collectively immersing in books of all types - everything from historical fiction to comedy to poetry. We listen to individuals talk about how their personal or professional lives were affected in life-changing ways by talking with an author who inspired them. We hear about how we've helped to improve Utah communities through books, reading, and the resulting conversations . . . in short, through the humanities.

Join us for this year's statewide festival in celebration of all things bookish and our milestone 20th anniversary!

Check the calendar below for all of our 2017 events, or download the printed program HERE.


Author City / Region Venue Date / Time Genre  
Adam Gianelli & Kase Johnstun Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Salt Lake City Public Library Sep 20, 2017
7:00 pm
Poetry & Nonfiction More [+]
Imagination, Orient, and the One Thousand and One Arabian Nights Ogden
North
Weber County Library, Pleasant Valley Branch Sep 21, 2017
6:30 pm
Fiction More [+]
Benjamin Madley Provo
Wasatch Front
Brigham Young University Sep 21, 2017
11:00 am
Nonfiction More [+]
Jay Hopler & Evie Shockley Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Westminster College Sep 21, 2017
7:00 pm
Poetry & Nonfiction More [+]
Orem Reads Panel on Autism Orem
Wasatch Front
Orem Public Library Sep 21, 2017
7:00 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
Mark Sundeen Ogden
North
Ogden Nature Center Sep 22, 2017
6:30 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
Live Wire! with Like Burbank Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Salt Lake City Public Library Sep 23, 2017
7:00 pm
Nonfiction & Journalism More [+]
Mark Sundeen Park City
Northeast
Park City Library Sep 23, 2017
5:30 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
Shakespeare for Families Orem
Wasatch Front
Orem Public Library Sep 25, 2017
7:00 pm
Drama More [+]
Robert Terashima & Rob Carney Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Weller Book Works Sep 25, 2017
7:00 pm
Poetry More [+]
Jennifer Nielsen American Fork
Wasatch Front
American Fork Library Sep 26, 2017
6:30 pm
YA More [+]
Debra Monroe Cedar City
Southwest
Southern Utah University Sep 26, 2017
11:30 am
Nonfiction More [+]
Eduardo Corral Ogden
North
Ogden Union Station Museums Sep 27, 2017
7:00 pm
Poetry More [+]
Matthew Cooperman & Aby Kaupang Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Salt Lake City Public Library Sep 27, 2017
7:00 pm
Poetry More [+]
Matthew Cooperman & Aby Kaupang Logan
North
Logan Public Library Sep 28, 2017
7:00 pm
Poetry More [+]
Eduardo Corral Murray
Wasatch Front
Salt Lake Community College Sep 28, 2017
7:00 pm
Poetry More [+]
Philip Deloria Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
University of Utah Sep 28, 2017
3:30 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
Matthew Cooperman & Aby Kaupang Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
University of Utah Sep 28, 2017
3:30 pm
Poetry More [+]
Joe Totten and Michael Gills Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Art Barn / Finch Lane Gallery Sep 28, 2017
7:00 pm
Fiction More [+]
Weber Book Links' Innaugural Distinguished Literary Arts Advocate Award Park City
Northeast
Eccles Community Art Center Sep 28, 2017
7:00 pm
Various More [+]
Sylvia Torti Moab
Southeast
Grand County Library Sep 28, 2017
7:00 pm
Fiction More [+]
Veterans Writing Workshop Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Art Access Sep 29–Oct 20, 2017
10:00 am
Nonfiction More [+]
Paisley Rekdal & Dana Levin Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
The King's English Bookshop Sep 30, 2017
7:00 pm
Nonfiction & Poetry More [+]
Shannon Hale & Dean Hale Park City
Northeast
Park City Library Sep 30, 2017
2:00 pm
Children's More [+]
Tyler Whitesides Brigham City
North
Brigham City Library Oct 2, 2017
7:00 pm
Fiction More [+]
Speed Date with a Book Brigham City
North
Brigham City Library Oct 3, 2017
7:00 pm
Fiction and Nonfiction More [+]
Rock Canyon Poets Community Writing Workshop Provo
Wasatch Front
Pioneer Book Oct 3, 2017
6:00 pm
Poetry More [+]
Orem Reads: Be a Tour Guide Family Night Orem
Wasatch Front
Orem Public Library Oct 3, 2017
7:00 pm
Fiction More [+]
Local Author Panel and Workshops Roy
North
Weber County Library, Southwest Branch Oct 4, 2017
6:00 pm
Fiction More [+]
Ryan Paul & Superhero Comics Ogden
North
Ogden Union Station Museums Oct 4, 2017
7:00 pm
Fiction More [+]
Hikmet Loe Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Utah Museum of Fine Arts Oct 4, 2017
7:00 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
Matthew Minicucci & Gaylord Brewer Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Salt Lake City Public Library Oct 4, 2017
7:00 pm
Poetry More [+]
Jaquira Diaz Ogden
North
Weber State University Oct 5, 2017
6:00 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
David Baker & Philip Schaefer Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Art Barn / Finch Lane Gallery Oct 5, 2017
7:00 pm
Poetry More [+]
Eileen Hallet Stone Layton
Wasatch Front
Heritage Museum of Layton Oct 5, 2017
7:00 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
5th Annual Sor Juana Prizes Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Salt Lake City Public Library Oct 5, 2017
7:00 pm
Poetry More [+]
Matthew Minicucci Provo
Wasatch Front
Enliten Bakery Oct 5, 2017
7:30 pm
Poetry More [+]
Matthew Kiby Orem
Wasatch Front
Orem Public Library Oct 5, 2017
7:00 pm
YA More [+]
Gaylord Brewer Cedar City
Southwest
Artisans Art Gallery Oct 5, 2017
6:30 pm
Poetry More [+]
David Lee Escalante
Southeast
Kiva Koffeehouse Oct 5, 2017
6:00 pm
Poetry More [+]
Cliff Notes Writing Conference Boulder
Southeast
Boulder Community Center Oct 5–8, 2017
6:00 pm
Poetry, Fiction & Nonfiction More [+]
Erika L. Sanchez & Kaveh Akbar Ogden
North
Ogden Union Station Museums Oct 6, 2017
7:00 pm
Poetry More [+]
The Bee: True Stories from the Hive Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
The Clubhouse on South Temple Oct 6, 2017
6:00 pm
Storytelling More [+]
Philip Schaefer & David Baker Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Art Barn / Finch Lane Gallery Oct 6, 2017
12:00 pm
Poetry More [+]
Archives Month 2017 Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
White Memorial Chapel Oct 6–27, 2017
12:00 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
Ian Doescher Moab
Southeast
Grand County Library Oct 6, 2017
7:00 pm
Fiction More [+]
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer Boulder
Southeast
Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch Oct 6, 2017
7:00 pm
Poetry More [+]
Brandon Mull Ogden
North
Ogden High School Oct 7, 2017
4:00 pm
YA More [+]
2nd Annual Sci-fi & Fantasy Day Ogden
North
Ogden High School Oct 7, 2017
11:00 am
Fiction More [+]
Tween Author Boot Camp St George
Southwest
Dixie State University Oct 7, 2017
9:30 am
Fiction More [+]
Steven Nightingale Boulder
Southeast
Boulder Creek Canyon Ranch Oct 7, 2017
7:00 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
James D'Arc & screening of The Sandlot Roy
North
Weber County Library, Southwest Branch Oct 10, 2017
6:00 pm
Nonfiction & Film More [+]
Gregg Luke Brigham City
North
Brigham City Library Oct 10, 2017
7:00 pm
Fiction More [+]
Paisley Rekdal West Jordan
Wasatch Front
Viridian Event Center Oct 10, 2017
7:00 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
Lindsay Eagar Lehi
Wasatch Front
Gardens at Dry Creek Oct 10, 2017
6:30 pm
Children's More [+]
Jane Perkins Park City
Northeast
Silver Lake Lodge at Deer Valley Oct 10, 2017
11:00 am
Nonfiction More [+]
David Lee Moab
Southeast
Grand County Library Oct 10, 2017
7:00 pm
Poetry More [+]
Sylvia Torti & Richard Robbins Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Salt Lake City Public Library Oct 11, 2017
7:00 pm
Fiction & Poetry More [+]
Richard Robbins & Julie Simon Cedar City
Southwest
Southern Utah University Oct 11, 2017
11:30 am
Poetry & Fiction More [+]
Jennifer Sinor and Richard Robbins Logan
North
Logan Public Library Oct 12, 2017
7:00 pm
Nonfiction and Poetry More [+]
Margot Singer Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
The King's English Bookshop Oct 12, 2017
7:00 pm
Fiction More [+]
Poetry, Ecology, and Place in a Technological World Cedar City
Southwest
Southern Utah University Oct 12–13, 2017
9:00 am
Poetry More [+]
David Lee Ephraim
Central
Snow College Oct 12, 2017
12:30 pm
Poetry More [+]
Margot Singer Provo
Wasatch Front
Brigham Young University Oct 13, 2017
12:00 pm
Fiction More [+]
Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Ogden
North
Ogden Union Station Museums Oct 14, 2017
5:30 pm
Poetry More [+]
Writing Through Grief Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Art Access Oct 14–Nov 4, 2017
10:00 am
Nonfiction More [+]
Ashley Wolff Ogden
North
The Treehouse Museum Oct 15, 2017
6:00 pm
Children's More [+]
Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
The King's English Bookshop Oct 15, 2017
2:00 pm
Children's More [+]
Ally Condie Orem
Wasatch Front
Orem Public Library Oct 16, 2017
7:00 pm
YA More [+]
Clair Poulson Brigham City
North
Brigham City Library Oct 17, 2017
7:00 pm
Fiction More [+]
Screening of A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet followed by a panel on Levis Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Salt Lake City Public Library Oct 17, 2017
7:00 pm
Film & Poetry More [+]
Jennifer Nielsen Helper
Central
Helper City Library Oct 17, 2017
6:30 pm
YA More [+]
Mark Fiege Moab
Southeast
Grand County Library Oct 17, 2017
7:00 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
Jennifer Sinor and Michael Sowder Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Salt Lake City Public Library Oct 18, 2017
7:00 pm
Nofiction & Poetry More [+]
A Late Style of Fire Director Michele Poulos Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Art Barn / Finch Lane Gallery Oct 18, 2017
12:00 pm
Film & Poetry More [+]
Benjamin Park Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Weller Book Works Oct 18, 2017
7:00 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
Mark Fiege Park City
Northeast
Swaner Nature Preserve Oct 18, 2017
7:00 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
Zadie Smith & Michael Chabon Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
University of Utah Oct 19, 2017
7:00 pm
Fiction More [+]
Maria Hinojosa Cedar City
Southwest
Southern Utah University Oct 19, 2017
11:30 am
Nonfiction More [+]
Jennifer Sinor Moab
Southeast
Back of Beyond Books Oct 19, 2017
7:00 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
Star Coulbrooke and Jan Minich Helper
Central
Templeton Studios Oct 20, 2017
7:00 pm
Poetry More [+]
Laura Tohe Blanding
Southeast
San Juan County Library Blanding Oct 23, 2017
7:00 pm
Poetry More [+]
Joy Spraycar Brigham City
North
Brigham City Library Oct 24, 2017
7:00 pm
Fiction More [+]
Edge of Morning: Luci Tapahonso, Lyle Balenquah, Heid Erdrich & Jacqueline Keeler Orem
Wasatch Front
Utah Valley University Oct 25, 2017
1:00 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
Jonathan Travelstead & Kathline Carr Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Salt Lake City Public Library Oct 25, 2017
7:00 pm
Poetry More [+]
Cherie Davis Ogden
North
Weber County Library, Pleasant Valley Branch Oct 26, 2017
7:00 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
Jonathan Travelstead & Charles Waugh Logan
North
Logan Public Library Oct 26, 2017
7:00 pm
Poetry & Fiction More [+]
Lisa Bickmore & Lia Purpura Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Westminster College Oct 26, 2017
7:00 pm
Poetry More [+]
Alan Keele Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front
Weller Book Works Oct 26, 2017
7:00 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
Edge of Morning: Luci Tapahonso, Lyle Balenquah, Heid Erdrich & Jacqueline Keeler in Cedar City Cedar City
Southwest
Southern Utah University Oct 26, 2017
4:30 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
Murder Mystery at the Station Ogden
North
Ogden Union Station Museums Oct 27, 2017
6:30 pm
Fiction More [+]
Luci Tapahonso & Jacqueline Keeler Spanish Fork
Wasatch Front
Larsen Elementary School Oct 27, 2017
6:30 pm
Nonfiction More [+]
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