Novelists Charlie Quimby and Barbara K. Richardson discuss the complexities of writing female characters in a conversation moderated by their editor, Kirsten Johanna Allen of Torrey House Press. Part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival, this event is free and open to the public.
—Faith Sullivan, author of Goodnight, Mr. Wodehouse and The Cape Ann
Aside from writing, Barbara K. Richardson has renovated four houses, enjoyed Argentine tango, fallen in love with tai chi, helped can the West’s finest plum jam, adored conifers, and planted thousands of trees and shrubs for others. In Tributary, Richardson claims the land of her Mormon ancestors who settled the northern Salt Lake Valley. Richardson earned an MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University. She lives in Kamas, Utah.
In Barbara Richardson’s Utah Book Award-winning novel Tributary, Clair Martin struggles with her role in the early Mormon Church. Her stubborn search for identity takes Clair from the confines of the Utah Territory, with its polygamy and rigorous conformity, to the chaos of Reconstruction Dixie and back again.
—Laura Pritchett, author of Stars Go Blue
As Publisher and Editorial Director at Torrey House Press, Kirsten Johanna Allen oversees marketing, production, and editorial concerns for Utah’s independent nonprofit literary publisher. Kirsten lives with her husband, Mark Bailey, and two cats in Salt Lake City and Torrey, Utah.