When the last surviving member of a family writes a memoir, that person has license to say what he wants to say, with little resistance from others. Barry Moser, the incomparable book print maker and illustrator who has created vivid and memorable illustrations for classic books ranging from The Holy Bible to Alice in Wonderland, has written a lovely tribute to his now-deceased brother, their family and the Southern world they all lived in. While he worries that his recollections are one-sided, I can say with confidence that his family would approve of We Were Brothers, which is set at the base of the Appalachian Mountains in Chattanooga, Tennessee during the last century. While Moser's illustrations are black and white, with rendered realism bordering on the photographic, this book is written in vivid color. Moser and his older brother Tommy are typical of brothers growing up in the same household who, on the way to independent adulthood, fail to truly connect with each other. Their differences continue to grow and when the two men finally engage, both wanting some resolution before they are dead, the cultural and social differences between them create an emotional chasm that they struggle to cross. The message here is clear: do not wait until a loved one dies to make amends. – Rob Eckman
University of Utah Biology Professor Emeritus Fred Montague is a Utah institution. Anyone who has had the privilege of taking one of his classes or hearing a lecture knows the value of not only what he says, but how he says it. His mantra of sustainable gardening extends far beyond his recommendation for raised vegetable beds in your garden, reaching into the worlds of population growth, resource depletion and biodiversity loss. After retiring from academia, Montague wrote a series of articles for the Catalyst magazine on various gardening and sustainability topics. Following the success of his hand-lettered and hand-illustrated masterpiece, Gardening: an Ecological Approach (Mountain Bear Ink, 2009, $48), Montague has compiled the magazine articles into this beautifully hand-bound, limited edition. Featuring topics from "Soil Matters" to "GMOs", Montague once again offers specific tips for not only reducing your carbon footprint through gardening, but has made us a little smarter and savvier along the way. – Robert Eckman
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4 p.m. Master storyteller Rob Eckman will bring the Cat and the Hat and more to life!
5-7 p.m. BYOB(ooks)—Bring an old book you’d like to share and swap it with someone else. We’ll share some of ours too—and we’ll take a picture of you and your beloved book for our new backlist project.
Join us in noshing on birthday cake and other goodies—and libations—too!
7 p.m. Local author Tim Sullivan will be with us to discuss and sign his new book, Ways to the West: How Getting out of Our Cars Is Changing America’s Frontier.