St. George Book Festival; after a year off, revamped festival begins anew

ST. GEORGE – After a year off, the revamped, week-long St. George Book Festival begins Tuesday. This year’s festival includes three separate segments, a four-day lecture series, a Friday night charity dinner, and an all-day book expo on Saturday.

Utah Poet of the year and St. George Book festival keynote speaker, John Sebba. Location and date unknown | Photo courtesy of The Heritage Writers Guild, St. George News
Utah Poet of the year and St. George Book festival keynote speaker, John Sebba. Location and date unknown | Photo courtesy of The Heritage Writers Guild, St. George News

The festival will feature something it has never done before, a veritable round-table of literary wisdom. This roundtable will be a charity dinner on Friday night – a meeting of master writers, authors, and storytellers held at Lexington Hotel.

This charity dinner will feature renowned authors who will gather together to have dinner with the public and discuss crucial literacy issues. The authors will also reveal their experiences with learning, reading and writing. The charity dinner includes over 30 authors, many of which will have lectured throughout the week during the lecture series.

The Keynote speaker at the charity dinner is 2013 poet of the year, John Sebba who will be preceded by pulitzer-prize nominated author Russell Estlack, and Las Vegas-based mystery-thriller author Darlien Breeze. All net proceeds from the charitable dinner will be donated to the Washington County School District Foundation – a grant funding foundation for local schools who are struggling, said Virginia Grenier, co-chair of the Book Festival.

The festival will finish on Saturday with an all-day Book Expo filled with over 30 authors booths, more then the festival has ever seen before, Grenier said.

The is planned and organized by the Heritage Writers Guild which is the Southern Utah chapter of the League of Utah Writers. This is the first year the Heritage Writers Guild has planned and organized the festival.

The book festival went on hiatus last year. “We were really sad to see it go away,” Grenier said.

Authors and guests at a former St. George Book festival. Location and date unknown | Photo courtesy of The Heritage Writers Guild, St. George News
Authors and guests at a former St. George Book festival. Location and date unknown | Photo courtesy of The Heritage Writers Guild, St. George News

Grenier was the president of the Heritage Writer Guild at that time and asked the board of the writers guild if the Guild could take on the responsibility of the St. George Book Festival. The HWG board voted that they would take it on as Grenier and David W. Smith, both authors and speakers in this year’s festival, took on the chair duties of the event.

The book festival is to help writers of all kinds help break in to the writing industry or learn how to write better. This year, the festival is focusing a lot of attention on novice writers.

“One of our goals is to let people know that even if they don’t want to be a published writer,” Grenier said, “they still can learn some of the techniques we use for their own personal journals and family histories. Everybody has a story to tell,” Grenier said.

Grenier wasn’t focused on how many people show up. “If we reach one person with the book festival,” Grenier said, “than we’re successful.”

For Grenier, writing is about touching the reader. As a writer, she goes by the same principle that the Book Festival does.  “As writers, we’re successful as long as we’ve reached that one person, we’ve made that one connection. Because every story is a part of who we are, it’s literally is our lifeblood.”

For more information visit the festival website at http://www.stgeorgebookfestival.org

SCHEDULE:

Library Lecture and Event Series. Tuesday – Friday

Tuesday, Oct 15:

  •           ENTERPRISE LIBRARY LECTURE, 7 P.M. – Lance Adams
  •           COST: Free
  •           TOPIC: From inspiration to book
  •           SPRINGDALE LIBRARY LECTURE, 7 p.m. – Amy Jarecki
  •           COST: Free
  •           TOPIC: Process of Writing Historical Fiction

Wednesday, Oct. 16:

  •           WASHINGTON CITY LIBRARY LECTURE, 7 p.m. – Lin Vernon Floyd
  •           COST: Free
  •           TOPIC: Writing Personal Histories
  •           NEW HARMONY LIBRARY LECTURE, 7 p.m. – Traci McDonald
  •           COST: Free
  •           TOPIC: Writing Blind
  •           ST. GEORGE LIBRARY LECTURE, 6:30 p.m.. – C. Michelle Jefferies
  •           COST: Free
  •           TOPIC: Why she writes and how to become an author.

 Thursday, Oct. 17:

  •           HURRICANE LIBRARY EVENT, 10:30 a.m. – Penny Paine & Gail Kearns
  •           COST: Free
  •           TOPIC: Story time and chat with the parents about writing
  •           ST. GEORGE LIBRARY LECTURE, 6 p.m. – Marilyn Richardson
  •           COST: Free
  •           TOPIC: Memoir Vs. Fiction
  •           SANTA CLARA LIBRARY LECTURE, 3 p.m. – C. Michelle Jefferies
  •           COST: Free
  •            TOPIC: Talking about writing and latest book

 Friday, Oct. 18:

  •           SANTA CLARA LIBRARY LECTURE, 2 p.m. – Cheryl Carpinello
  •           COST: Free
  •            TOPIC: Using technology to reach readers and write
  •           ST GEORGE LIBRARY FREE EVENT, 11 a.m. – VS Grenier
  •            COST: Free
  •           TOPIC: Story time, coloring pages and chat with parents about the importance of picture books

LEXINGTON HOTEL PAY EVENT, 6 p.m. – Charity Author Dinner; keynote speaker, John Sebba and  guest speakers, Darlien Breeze and Russell Estlack

  • COST: $40 for adults, $25 for children 17 and under.
  • TOPIC: Gain valuable insights, discuss writing secrets and learn from those who have successfully navigated within the writing industry.

  Saturday, Oct. 19:

  • BOOK EXPO, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Dozens of authors, speakers, presenters, and performers
  • COST: Free
  • TOPIC: Meet prolific authors, discuss books and ideas, and learn what it takes to be a successful writer

 

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