Thursday, October 4, 7 p.m.
An Evening with the Authors of Torrey House Press
Author and University of Utah writing instructor Maximilian Werner (Crooked Creek) will lead a discussion panel featuring fellow Torrey House Press authors Steven Peck (The Scholar of Moab), Barbara Richardson (Tributary), and Erica Olsen (Recapture).
Indie publisher Torrey House Press invites community members to engage in the panel discussion, which will address the role of Western landscape in each of the authors’ books, writing processes, and lives.
Free and open to the public, the panel will interest both aspiring and experienced writers, avid readers, and lovers of the American West.
This event is one of many taking place throughout October for the Fifteenth Annual Utah Humanities Book Festival.
More about the authors...
Steven L. Peck is an evolutionary ecologist at Brigham Young University, teaching the philosophy of biology. His scientific work has appeared in the American Naturalist and Newsweek as well as numerous peer-reviewed journals. Peck's book, The Scholar of Moab, was named 2011’s Novel of the Year by the Association for Mormon Letters.
Barbara K. Richardson often chooses the untravelled route. An Air Force brat who took refuge in books and nature, she launched the nation’s first Truck Stop Tour with her debut novel Guest House. She now writes and designs landscapes in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. All of her ancestors were Mormon pioneers. Her new book, Tributary, is an epic tale of the 1870s in the spirit of Willa Cather and Molly Gloss. It explores the backside of history, showing “the far more interesting and unexplored stories of the American West—Mormonism, racism, women who don’t need marriage or men” (Laura Pritchett). A smart and lively novel, Tributary follows the extraordinary life of one ordinary woman who dares resist communal salvation in order to find her own.
Erica Olsen lives in the Four Corners area, where she does archives and curation work for archaeology museums. A graduate of Stanford, Harvard, and the University of Montana MFA program, she has also been a Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, and her nonfiction has been published in High Country News and other magazines. Her new colelction of stories Recapture takes us to an American West that is both strange and familiar. The Grand Canyon can only be visited in replica form. An archivist preserves a rare map of a vanished Lake Tahoe. A Utah cliff dwelling survives as an aging roadside attraction in California. By turns lyrical, deadpan, and surreal, Erica Olsen’s stories bring us the natural world and the world we make, the artifacts we keep and the memories and desires that shape our lives.
Maximilian Werner is the author of the 2011 novel Crooked Creek and Black River Dreams, a collection of literary fly-fishing essays that won the 2008 Utah Arts Council's Original Writing Competition for Nonfiction. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and two children and teaches writing at the University of Utah.
Torrey House Press (THP) seeks to increase awareness of and appreciation for the land, history, people, economy, and cultures of the American West through the power of pen and story. Based in Salt Lake City and Torrey, Utah, THP publishes books of literary fiction and creative nonfiction that relate to the West. Given their desire to contribute to the betterment of both the ecology and the economy of the West, THP commits that two percent of their sales be donated to a select group of not-for-profit environmental organizations. Donations to THP also fund a scholarship available to up-and-coming writers at Western colleges.