Jun 26 2012 7:00 pm
Tuesday, June 26, 7 p.m.
Matthew Batt, formerly of Salt Lake, will read from and sign his new memoir, Sugarhouse: Turning the Neighborhood Crack House into Our Home Sweet Home.
After years of renting homes and hopping from city to city, Matthew Batt and his wife Jenae had decided it was time to become adults. Despite a complete lack of homesteading experience, they bought a real fixer-upper: a century-old crack house in Salt Lake City’s Sugarhouse neighborhood. The Batts found themselves alternately avoiding and embracing the perks and perils of becoming fully committed adults, while trying to figure out how, exactly, a rented power sander works.
Batt’s work has appeared in Tin House, the Huffington Post, and elsewhere, and he is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives with his wife and son in St. Paul, where they are rehabilitating their current house.