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Dangerous, The Shadow Prince, The Haven

Reviews: Three fantasy & sci-fi young-adult tales from Utah authors

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 28,2014 - Maybe it shouldn’t matter that Shannon Hale’s new novel is a young-adult super-hero adventure whose protagonist is female, non-white and disabled. How lovely it would be to live in a world of faeries and unicorns where stories

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Billy “The Hill” and the Jump Hook

A new autobiography re-introduces 1960s University of Utah basketball star Billy McGill

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Feb 10,2014 - In more than 100 years of University of Utah basketball, one of the all-time greats to wear the red and white was Billy “The Hill” McGill.

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Science Factions

New books by Utah authors show two different approaches to sci-fi

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 25,2013 - Two new novels by Utah authors aim for completely different audiences and goals, though both are fundamentally science-fiction novels.

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Kate MacLeod

Novel-inspired songs at Utah Book Fest

By Austen Diamond
POSTED // Sep 23,2013 - Sometimes books are just impossible to put down; riveting, all-consuming page-turners. Other works must be slogged through while hoping for a bountiful literary reward.

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Michael Pollan's 'Cooked'

Exploring the philosophy of eating

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 29,2013 - Over the past decade, no single writer has more diligently explored the myriad consequences of what we humans eat than Michael Pollan—which makes it fairly extraordinary that he continues to find new ways to make us see food in new ways.

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Timmy Failure

Stephan Pastis writes children's book

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 4,2013 - Over the course of a long, circuitous journey from lawyer to cartoonist, Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis found inspiration and support from colleagues ...

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Erin Ann Thomas: Coal in Our Veins

A family's history with the black rock

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Sep 10,2012 - Good writers can take a subject you weren’t previously interested in and not only entertain you while talking about it, but also make you want to know more.

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Shannon Hale: What's wrong with how kids are taught to read

Required reading & gender confines

By Rachel Piper
POSTED // Aug 16,2012 - Acclaimed Utah author Shannon Hale blogs. A lot. And her blogs often aren't about her upcoming tour dates or how hard it was to write that day or what she's wearing.

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Shannon Hale: Palace of Stone

Real-world politics through fairytale lens

By Rachel Piper
POSTED // Aug 13,2012 - Shannon Hale always planned to write a sequel to her Newbery Honor-winning 2005 book Princess Academy. But the characters of another book were more insistent that their stories be told.

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Sugarhouse

Memoir tells funny story of a fixer-upper

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 12,2012 - The subtitle on the cover of Matthew Batt’s memoir, Sugarhouse, reads “Turning the Neighborhood Crack House into Our Home Sweet Home.”
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