September 2018

19Sept(Sept 19)7:00 PM(Sept 19)7:00 PMGeorge B. Handley and Steven Peck to read at City ArtSalt Lake Public Library Main BranchEvent Type:Lectures/Discussions/Presentations,Literary/Books


(Wednesday) 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Salt Lake Public Library Main Branch

210 East 400 South

Event Description

Brigham Young University professors George B. Handley and Steven Peck visit the Salt Lake City Library to discuss their work on Wednesday, September 19th at 7:00 PM. This event is part of the City Art Reading Series.

Handley will share work from his new book, American Fork. This book tells the story of a shared love of the Utah landscape that heals family wounds for two unlikely friends Zacharias Harker, a brilliant botanist and an aging recluse, and Alba, a young woman he hires to paint flowers for a book he is writing on the implications of climate change focused on the wildflowers of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.

Handley writes and researches on the intersection between religion, literature, and the environment, with a special interest in postcolonial literature. His scholarship has also focused on the environmental values of Mormonism and he frequently speaks publicly in his home state of Utah about environmental values and issues. In addition to his scholarly writing, he writes creatively. This includes his environmental memoir, Home Waters, which won the 2011 prize for best memoir from the Association of Mormon Letters.

In Tales from Pleasant Grove, Steven Peck creates a breathtaking collection of short stories, harnessing the winds of a wild creativity with gale-force unpredictability. This book is a wonder and a marvel. The imaginative breadth and speculative depth available here brings to life dragons, fairies, witches, demons, and ghost, all set within a western landscape that in its own way proves just as amazing and other worldly as the fantastic elements at play within Peck’s work.

Steven L. Peck is an evolutionary biologist, blogger, poet, and novelist. He is the author of Gilda Trillim: Shepherdess of Rats, The Scholar of Moab, A Short Stay in Hell, and The Rifts of Rime, as well as collection of short stories titled Wandering Realities. He has published two volumes of poetry, Incorrect Astronomy and Fly Fishing in Middle Earth, and two volumes of non-fiction reflections, Science the Key to Theology and Evolving Faith: Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist. He is a blogger at By Common Consent, and can also be found online at

This event is made possible with support from The City Library, City Art, and Utah Humanities.

Most featured readings are followed by an open reading.

The event is free and open to the public. City Art is sponsored by the Utah Arts Council, the Salt Lake City Arts Council, Zoo, Arts, and Parks, X-mission, and audience donations.

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