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  
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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