Reading & Signing in Zion Canyon, March 21, 2016

zion canyon

Zion National Park is one of the most stunning and one of the most visited National Parks in the American Southwest. Zarts has invited me to read from and sign copies of Dream House on Golan Drive on Monday, March 21, 2016. I hope you can join me as it’s not far from St. George, Kanab and other populated areas of the Mormon Corridor . . . even Las Vegas.

And even if you’re not Mormon, I hope you’ll come as Dream House is really about what someone from a tight-knit religious community does when he finally figures out he doesn’t fit in. Jewish, protestant, Catholic or Muslim . . . I really think you’ll be able to identify with the main character. And . . . (how’s the sales pitch thus far?), if you’ve grown up “gentile” (meaning “non-Mormon,” offensive as that word is) in Utah or the Mountain West, you’ll be able to “get” much of what the book is saying about the civilizing force that religion has played in this region.

I’m especially grateful to Zarts for promoting literature in the St. George / Zions Park area. Culturally, there’s a lot going on here, including Emmy Award Winning Red Rock Rondo‘s Zion Canyon Song Cycle, Hal Cannon (also of Red Rock Rondo) with his new desert music group 3HatTrio, which recently partnered with Repertory Dance Theatre where I work full-time in Salt Lake City on a new work. (Ever hear of western folk music tinged with reggae? That’s 3HatTrio).

It’s also home to Teresa Jordan (Hals’ significant other) whose most recent book A Year of Living Dangerously (Weekends Off), is a recent winner of the 2015 Utah Book Award. The collection of essays, many of which stem from her blog of the same title, is a wonderful meditation on virtue as it applies (or doesn’t) to contemporary life . . . a life worth examining.

Hope to see you in red rock country on March 21!

7:00 PM
Canyon Community Center
Springdale, UT
Turn on Lion Blvd., go past Town Hall)


Reading at Artisans Gallery in Cedar City, March 22, 2016

Artisans SUU I’m thrilled to be invited by Southern Utah University (SUU) to read from and sign copies of Dream House on Golan Drive in Cedar City. The event takes place at 5:00 pm at Artisans Gallery on Center St. (You’ll still be able to make it to your caucus meetings by 6!)

Cedar City is “Festival City,” the home not only of SUU but of the Tony-Award Winning and world-renowned Utah Shakespeare Festival.

As a former theater critic, I have many, many fond memories of the Festival and Cedar City, in fact they both appear as a setting in Dream House, including when Riley borrows his friend’s Edsel, an antique car with a tortured history, and takes his soon-to-be-wife Dina to an outdoor production of Twelfth Night. They get engaged almost immediately afterward. Cedar is also the site of where Lucy, the important friend and mentor to Riley, is visited by “Zed,” the narrator of Dream House and one of the ancients from Book of Mormon lore.

Another memory is being invited as a high school student to the first annual High School Shakespeare competition back in the 70s. I played Oberon, King of the Faeries from A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a scene with Martha Nibley (now Martha Beck) who would later write a devastating memoir of her experience growing up in Provo titled Leaving the Saints. (I reviewed her book, much to the consternation of some, in the now defunct Irreantum [scroll to pg. 82]) where I was a sections editor for 5 years. Beck is now a columnist for O Magazine.

I’m fortunate to have friends in Cedar and SUU, including Darrell Spencer, the brilliant short story writer and professor who blurbed Dream House, and Danielle Beazer Dubrasky, a friend from my BYU days, now an SUU professor herself and a fabulous poet whose most recent chapbook is titled Ruin and Light. You can read a review by fellow Utah poet Jennifer Tonge of Dani’s collection here.

I’d love to have you join us in Cedar City on March 22!

Book Reading & Signing, Spring Glen (Helper, UT), Apr. 22, 2016, 7 pm

Crandall Canyon Mine

Spring Glen is a tiny town near Price, Utah in Carbon County. This is coal country, an area decidedly not originally part of “The Corridor” in Utah. That there’s a beautiful, historic Greek Orthodox Church there is a testament to the immigrant population, Greek and otherwise, who settled here as miners at the turn of the 20th Century.

I’m being hosted to read from and sign copies of Dream House on Golan Drive by Nancy Takacs, poet and former professor at Utah State University-Price (formerly the College of Eastern Utah) and friend and sculptor Karen Templeton. In fact the reading, a pairing with poet Danielle Dubrasky, will take place in one of the more unusual artist’s studios ever. Made of straw bales and mud, the two-story structure houses Karen’s expansive space where she works magic out of clay and bronze.

The Crandall Canyon Mine in nearby Huntington was the site of a horrible accident in 2007. The mine made headline news when six miners were trapped by a collapse in August of that year. Ten days later, three rescue workers were killed by a subsequent collapse. The six miners were later declared dead and their bodies were never recovered.

TempletonKaren was commissioned to create the memorial for this tragic event. She knew that the six bodies would never be recovered and that the families of the dead would never be able to see or touch them again. The bronze memorial in town is of the nine men, accessible enough for any and all to stroke the faces in effigy of those who so tragically died.

I’m honored to be reading with Danielle, my long-time friend (we met in college), a professor at Southern Utah University and an exceptional, big-hearted poet whose most recent chapbook Ruin and Light she will read from.

Danielle Beazer Dubrasky, Poet

Danielle Beazer Dubrasky, Poet

See you in Carbon County at Templeton Studios, 3732 N 2000 W, Helper, UT 7:00 pm

Postscript: Thanks for a terrific event in Spring Glen!

L to r: Karen Templeton, Danielle Dubrasky, Nancy Takacs, David Pace

L to r: Karen Templeton, Danielle Dubrasky, Nancy Takacs, David Pace