The Utah Enlightenment: Dream House Gets a Nod


THE UTAH REVIEW continues to cover Utah culture with astute observations under the direction of Les Roka, who has the stamina of the marathon runner.

I was honored to be included as the author of Dream House on Golan Drive in this survey of notable entries in what the Review calls “The Utah Enlightenment.”

“There was a lot to celebrate in 2015 with the Utah Enlightenment, a creative movement where courage defines some of the state’s most interesting and independent artists. Indeed, the Enlightenment disturbs and disrupts the peculiar Utah penchant to be civil and docile or to be content with platitudes and pleasantries. Artists are reclaiming Utah’s unique spaces for sincere, healing and intelligent purposes, driven to rediscover a pioneering spirit unrestricted by the practices of those who would prefer two narratives that confuse, mislead or manipulate connections to the place we know as Utah. They are consistently fresh voices, effectively melding tradition with new perspectives and practices.

“There are a few moments that stand out as important markers of the Utah Enlightenment, as we approach 2016.” More

Courageous artistic expression underscores memorable moments of Utah Enlightenment in 2015

READING: Feb. 25, 2016 (Logan, UT)


Helicon West Reading Series
February 25, 7:00 PM
255 North Main Street
Logan, UT

Poet Nancy Takacs and David Pace will read and sign their latest books.

Nancy TakacsD Pace

Helicon West provides a regularly-scheduled place and time for members of the writing community to give their work a public voice, with no restrictions on levels of skill and no censorship of ideas or craft. Publication of readers’ work is a main goal.

We work with downtown merchants to find venues with easy accessibility (for parking and public transportation) and an intimate, homey atmosphere, where attendees can purchase drinks and/or books to make our events worthwhile to the business owners.

 We seek a reciprocal relationship among university students and faculty, the non-academic community, and the rural and business communities, to give the literary arts more exposure and accessibility and to promote diversity and democracy in the valley.


Interview: The Park Record


In this article published in The Park Record in Park City, Utah, journalist Scott Iwasaki teases out the genesis of Dream House in advance of the reading / book signing of the novel in this mining-turned-resort town in the Wasatch Mountains.

“Salt Lake City-based author David G. Pace is a former theater critic. His reviews were found in local newspapers including The Event and the Private Eye, which was the predecessor to the City Weekly.

“He was also a stringer for the Deseret News, after he and his wife moved to New York, but after 10 years of reviews, Pace lost interest in the theater and started writing fiction.

“One of the fruits of that labor is his new book, ‘Dream House on Golan Drive,’ which he will read from and sign during an appearance in Park City December 28th.” More

Update: Due to inclement weather, the reading / signing was rescheduled for Dec. 28 at 5:30 pm at Park City Roasters,1680 W Ute Blvd, in P.C.

Interview: Access Utah (UPR)


Tom Williams

Tom Williams

Our guest for the hour today is Utah author David G. Pace whose debut novel Dream House on Golan Drive is published by Signature Books. It is the year 1972, and Riley Hartley finds that he, his family, community, and his faith are entirely indistinguishable from each other. He is eleven. A young woman named Lucy claims God has revealed to her that she is to live with Riley’s family.

Her quirks are strangely disarming, her relentless questioning of their lives incendiary and sometimes comical. Her way of taking religious practice to its logical conclusion leaves a strong impact on her hosts and propels Riley outside his observable universe and toward a trajectory of self discovery.

Set in Provo and New York City during the seventies and eighties, the story encapsulates the normal expectations of a Mormon experience and turns them on their head.

Listen to full UPR podcast here.

REVIEW: 15 Bytes Magazine

A review of Dream House by retired BYU professor / playwright Eric Samuelsen in 15 Bytes Magazine.

“David Pace’s semi-autobiographical novel, Dream House on Golan Drive, navigates this map full of Mormon cultural terrains with dexterity and precision, thumping over bumps in the road, while simultaneously suggesting the possibility of flight. If Terryl Givens is right in suggesting that Mormon culture is, at its heart, a series of ever-receding paradoxes, those paradoxes find expression, if not resolution, in this novel. It’s a both/and novel, transcendent and transgressive, full of magic, but also appalling in its specificity. Once I started reading, I couldn’t set it aside; twice, I also nearly pitched it across the room. It’s an extraordinary achievement, and its publication marks a major cultural moment.”  More

RESCHEDULED–Reading & Book Signing: Park City (Dec. 28, 2015)


by David G. Pace

December 14, 2015–CANCELLED (due to weather)
Rescheduled for Dec. 28, 2015

5:30 PM
Park City Roasters
1680 W Ute Blvd (Kimball Junction)
Park City, UT

Sorry for the inconvenience. The original date for this reading was cancelled due to the snowstorm along the Wasatch Front and Back. Join us Dec. 28 (Monday), just after Christmas, for the re-scheduled reading and signing at Park City Roasters 

Christmas in Park City, one of my favorite places in Utah. Just 30 minutes up the mountain from Salt Lake City, this ski and movie town, and home of the 2002 Winter Olympics, is a great American mining-town-turned-tourist-destination. I have fond memories as a theater critic reviewing shows at The Egyptian on Main St.

Join us for this reading and book signing event at Park City Coffee Roaster in the Park City Public Library. Books sold by:

Kings English

Reading & Book Signing: OREM (Jan. 20)

Orem Public

January 20, 2016
7:00 PM
Storytelling Wing
Orem Public Library
58 N. State St.
Orem, UT

Last year as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival, I attended a reading by Oregon-based author Brian Doyle with my friends Stephen Carter and Larry Menlove. Doyle is amazing: funny, earnest, and what I refer to as one with a “keening” quality to his public readings.

He’s also very Catholic in the best, most Irish sense of that word. At any rate, later, I was thrilled to have him blurb my book, which he graciously did. Afterwards, he told my editor that I now owed him a beer.  

Dream House on Golan Drive is set in Utah County, so I’m excited to be reading on its home turf.

Stop in to see a real, antique Edsel, inspiration for one of the book’s chapters. Weather permitting.

Review: The Power of Religious Legend (The Utah Review)


In this lengthy review Les Roka references “American Trinity,” Pace’s first published short story and narrative precursor to Dream House on Golan Drive.

“The sense of this unique, strange place of Utah and Mormonism is elucidated with conviction and accuracy….Dream House on Golan Drive is an important novel that deserves the serious attention of any reader, regardless of connection to Mormonism or to any other faith. It is recommended especially for those who are trying to reconcile their spiritual conscience with a church whose decisions and public actions not only have triggered deep reservations about their community but also who see their own experience of family love and life as quintessentially superior in their spiritual and faith identity as a Mormon.” Read the entire review.


Follow up in Utah Review’s 2015 year-end survey of notable works emblematic of The Utah Enlightenment. Read citation.

SLC This is the Place



Salt Lake Tribune: Utah writer tells a contemporary Mormon coming-of-age story through an immortal narrator.

by Ellen Fagg Weist

“If David Pace’s novel about a young man reared in a large, devoted Utah family rings with authenticity, that’s because its themes have autobiographical resonance for its author.

“Pace, the literary editor of the Utah arts magazine 15 Bytes, will launch his first novel, “Dream House on Golan Drive,” at a reading at The King’s English in Salt Lake City on Tuesday.

“The novel, published by Signature Books, tells of the coming-of-age of Riley Hartley, the oldest son in a Mormon family of 10 children raised in the Provo neighborhood considered Snob Hill. The family is raised by a charismatic religion teacher and his bread-baking wife, a former Miss Utah, who in her pageant days was considered a Mormon Grace Kelly.”

read the rest of the article published by the Salt Lake Tribune here

REVIEW: Association for Mormon Letters

“[R]ife with the universal struggles between good and evil, sin and righteousness, culture and truth, strength and weakness, and [the] dissonance between what we gain through experiential learning and rote imprinting. Thought provoking, and at times humorous and heart wrenching, Dream House on Golan Drive is a multi-layered and artfully presented story.”

–Catherine C. Peterson, Association for Mormon Letters
(read the full review here)