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Terry Tempest Williams | When Women Were Birds

Terry Tempest Williams, Arches National Park, 2003.Tuesday, June 12, 10:30 a.m.

Terry Tempest Williams will read from her new book, When Women Were Birds. Signing to follow.

Tempest Williams is the award-winning author of fourteen books, including Leap, An Unspoken Hunger, Refuge, and, most recently, Finding Beauty in a Broken World. She divides her time between Castle Valley, Utah, and Moose, Wyoming.

Pre-order a signed copy of When Women Were Birds, or any of Tempest Williams' books listed below, today by either calling the store at 801-484-9100 or ordering online. Be sure to specify if you'd like your book personalized and to whom.

This event will be free and open to the public.

At the Annette P. Cumming College of Nursing, 10 S. 2000 East, University of Utah campus, Salt Lake City

TKE's Betsy Burton reviews...

When Diane Tempest died at 54, bequeathing her journals to her daughter, Terry Tempest Williams approached her mother’s journals with a mix of longing and expectation. What she found was not revelation, however, but rather a bewilderment of blank pages; three shelves of journals, all empty; a second death. Stunned then, now 54 herself, Tempest Williams considers these same journals from the perspective of a woman of her mother’s age, mulling what the silence of those empty pages might mean, what secrets their blank surface might conceal. She decides to cross to the outer edge of her own life in order to search for the voice of her mother—to perhaps discover her own voice differently in the process. And in 54 quiet, incendiary, wise and wondrous meditations she does exactly that, using her mother’s mysterious legacy to explore the conjunction of family and nature, silence and voice, orthodoxy and freedom, the public and the private. Each page opens up the world in new ways, and as the words take wing so does the reader.

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 10:30am
Event address: 
University of Utah
Annette P. Cumming College of Nursing
Salt Lake City
When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374288976
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - April 10th, 2012

Leap Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679752578
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - September 18th, 2001

An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679752561
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage - August 29th, 1995

Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679740247
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - September 1st, 1992

Finding Beauty in a Broken World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375725197
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - October 6th, 2009

Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375725180
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - October 8th, 2002

The Illuminated Desert Cover Image
ISBN: 9780937407110
Availability: Special Order
Published: Canyonlands Natural History Association - June 1st, 2008