Craig Childs & Amy Irvine 

Friday Oct. 1-Saturday Oct. 2 @ Ken Sanders Rare Books

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The history and the stark, brutal beauty of the American Southwest can inspire many different kinds of literary musings. Two authors bring their unique perspectives to Ken Sanders Rare Books this week—as well as a chance for aspiring authors to learn how to create their own.

Amy Irvine’s Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land chronicles the ex-Mormon author’s attempt to find peace in southern Utah after the suicide of her father and to understand the changes taking place in this wilderness; Craig Childs’ Finders Keepers explores the world of archaeology, combining character studies of the people compelled to unearth the past with the moral and ethical questions surrounding their explorations. The authors will share a signing event on Friday, then host a daylong writers workshop on Saturday. Join Childs to learn “Two Things You Need to Know to Write a Damn Good Story” and Irvine for “Looking for the Thing That Is Both Brutal and Beautiful.”

Craig Childs & Amy Irvine signing @ Ken Sanders Rare Books, 268 S. 200 East, 801- 521-3819, Oct. 1, 7 p.m., free; workshop @ University of Utah Tanner Humanities Building, Room 143, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $75 per person.

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