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In the grandeur of America’s national parks, Utah writer Terry Tempest Williams found her life’s work. It seems the writer’s 15 earlier books were preparing her to tackle her most epic story ever: America itself. Her genre-crossing “The Hour of …

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  • Actors Joe Huff (Herakles) and Tyler Palo (Theseus) will perform in ’Herakles’ at the Classical Greek Theatre Festival. Courtesy  |  Suni Gigliotti Utah theaters stage new takes on classic stories of myth and faith
    A new translation of an ancient hero’s tragedy and a contemporary dark comedy about family and faith are soon set to open on Utah stages. ‘Herakles’ ...
    Updated Aug 26 2016 02:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    Playwright Neil LaBute will workshop a new play this month at Utah Shakespeare Festival. Play-in-progress from Neil LaBute set for reading at Utah Shakespeare Festival
    Cedar City • The Utah Shakespeare Festival has been cultivating new works by American playwrights for a quarter-century. Now one of those plays is set...
    Updated Aug 26 2016 11:47 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    The lobby of Hale Center Centre Theatre  in West Valley City Thursday August 25, 2016.  The theatre held a press conference for Sandy’s new Hale Centre Theatre during kick-off of  the theater’s ’Play your Part’ public fundraising campaign Hale Centre opens the curtain on capital campaign
    Hale Centre Theatre and Sandy City officials staged a new opening on Thursday: a fundraising campaign to complete the nonprofit company’s 130,000-squa...
    Updated Aug 26 2016 09:04 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Pianist Koji Attwood looks over the flamingo pond at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Attwood is accompanying five Salt Lake arts companies for this year’s Rose Exposed event, ’Flight,’ which is a fundraiser for the aviary. Salt Lake’s Rose Wagner arts companies to take ‘Flight’
    Most of what pianist Koji Attwood knows about dance comes from accompanying Mikhail Baryshnikov on solo and dance company tours. He’ll bring that rare...
    Updated Aug 23 2016 11:48 am   |     |   Share


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  • Alex Weisman  |  IceWolf Photography  Anne Louise Brings as Sally in Utah Rep’s “Cabaret” Salt Lake City theater company offers a new-gen ‘Cabaret’
    Against the backdrop of the current American presidential campaign, one of Sally Bowles’ hedonistic lines in “Cabaret” lands with chilling irony: “Tha...
    Updated Aug 19 2016 11:52 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In a May 31, 2014 file photo, acclaimed novelist Zadie Smith is shown signing a book for a fan in Treasure Beach, Jamaica. Fall is the time for ’big books,’ whatever the page length, and some of the top fiction authors from around the world have new works coming in 2016, including Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith, Margaret Atwood, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Rabih Alameddine, Emma Donoghue, Jonathan Safran Foer and Michael Chabon. (AP Photo/David McFadden, File) Rich season of fiction expected this fall
    For the weightiest novel this fall, or most any season, Alan Moore has the grandest ambition. “The intention was to somehow combine four or five diffe...
    Updated Aug 26 2016 05:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Students perform Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, during the ribbon-cutting ceremony in Park City as the Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy celebrates the opening of a fourth campus. The Peggy Bergmann campus  has four expansive studios to provide comprehensive dance training. Photos: Ballet West Academy expands with Park City campus
    Ballet West on Thursday celebrated the opening of a dance training school in Park City, the fourth campus for the Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West...
    Updated Aug 19 2016 09:49 am   |     |   Share
  • (Jeremy Harmon  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Actor Roger Dunbar plays the part of Joe Hill in the play ’One Big Union’ by Debora Threedy. The play will be presented during a workshop at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and later at Plan-B in Salt Lake City. Dunbar is photographed outside the City County Building where Hill’s trial took place in 1914. Utah Shakespeare Festival delves into new works with Neil LaBute and historical drama about Joe Hill
    A play about the historical provocateur Joe Hill paired with a play by Utah-schooled dramatic provocateur Neil LaBute together signal new directions f...
    Updated Aug 25 2016 10:38 am   |     |   Share
  •   Jeffrey Cummings (left) as Marcus Brutus, Paul Sandberg as Julius Caesar, Andrew May as Casca, and Sam Ashdown as Mark Antony in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2016 production of ’Julius Caesar.’ Katrina Christensen  |  Utah Shakespeare Festival 2016 Review: Utah Shakespeare Festival stages intense ‘Caesar’ in new, intimate theater
    Cedar City • At first glance, it seems odd that Utah Shakespeare Festival has chosen to stage a sprawling historical tragedy like “Julius Caesar” in t...
    Updated Aug 15 2016 09:44 am   |     |   Share
  • Book review: ‘Patient H.M.’ unearths lobotomy doctor’s secrets
    In a book that will rank with Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” in the realm of outstanding medical ethics narratives, Luke Ditt...
    Updated Aug 19 2016 02:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Aug. 12, 2016 photo shows the 2017 editions of New Hampshire’s Old Farmer’s Almanac, left, and Maine’s Farmers’ Almanac photographed in Concord, N.H. The two publications, which will be released soon, are both celebrating milestones. Maine’s 200 edition, and New Hampshire’s 225.(AP Photo/Jim Cole) Test of time: 2 almanacs celebrate milestone anniversaries
    Hundreds of almanacs served a nation of farmers over two centuries ago. These days, only a handful of them remain. One of them, the Farmers’ Almanac b...
    Updated Aug 17 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  •   Paul Helm (left) as Marcus Moscowicz and John Wascavage as The Suspects in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2016 production of ’Murder for Two.’ Karl Hugh  |  Utah Shakespeare Festival 2016 Review: Utah Shakespeare Festival’s production of ‘Murder for Two’ is funny and fast-moving
    Cedar City • At the end of Utah Shakespeare Festival’s rollicking and riotous production of “Murder for Two,” its two actors/pianists sing a duet: “No...
    Updated Aug 15 2016 09:44 am   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    Gary Pimentell, Brandon Garside, Sean Bishop, and Kaitlyn Hipwell in Good Company Theatre’s production of ’Pirated.’ Utah playwright’s backstage musical gets a big outdoor production
    For Jim Christian, early retirement is just a song and dance, as he’s spending his summer directing and choreographing “Pirated!”, Good Company Theatr...
    Updated Aug 18 2016 02:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Crowds stroll through the Craft Lake City DIY Festival in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. The festival, which features local arts, crafts, food vendors and live local music performances, takes place Aug. 12-14 for its eighth run this year. Eighth annual Craft Lake City returns to downtown
    The works of 250 craft artist will be on display at this weekend’s Craft Lake City DIY Festival, the 8th annual festival devoted to promoting creative...
    Updated Aug 11 2016 04:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Georgia Murcray, 9, holds a plush Hedwig owl while completing a scavenger hunt at an event celebrating the release of the book ’Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ on Saturday, July 30, 2016, in Durham, N.C. (Kaitlin McKeown/The Herald-Sun via AP) Utah Muggles share magical memories of reading Harry Potter books for the first time
    Prolific and award-winning author David Farland remembers when the managing editor of Scholastic sent him 40 debut novels, asking him to pick the one ...
    Updated Aug 08 2016 09:23 am   |     |   Share
  • Book review: Jay McInerney on love in the time of Cialis
    Jay McInerney’s latest book, “Bright, Precious Days,” picks up the story of Russell and Corrine Calloway, whose great love affair and marriage was the...
    Updated Aug 12 2016 02:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • Book review: Rosenthal reflects on abstract thoughts in ‘Textbook’
    It’s been 10 years since best-selling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal impressed critics and readers alike with her memoir, “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Li...
    Updated Aug 12 2016 02:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This July 30, 2016 photo shows the Palace Theatre in central London which is showing a stage production of, ’Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.’ The script “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two” sold more than 2 million print copies in North America in its first two days of publication, Scholastic announced Wednesday, Aug. 3.  (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File) Review: Rowling and company debut original Harry Potter story
    International best-selling author J.K. Rowling collaborates with John Tiffany and Jack Thorne to deliver “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the high...
    Updated Aug 12 2016 02:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski speaks Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in front of a C-131 aircraft during a media preview of the new ’Flight’ exhibit at The Leonardo, the museum’s first exhibit designed fully in-house. Salt Lake City museum’s new exhibit, ‘Flight,’ ready for take-off
    Jake Garn looked at the airplanes occupying The Leonardo — a massive military transport, a Soviet-era fighter jet and a pedal-powered biplane — and sm...
    Updated Aug 04 2016 10:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • The Kimball Arts Festival will fill Park City’s historic Main Street, Aug. 12-14, 2016, a weekend later than usual. Mark Maziarz  |  Courtesy Kimball Art Center Kimball Arts Festival rolls into Park City, later than usual
    The Park City Kimball Arts Festival may be one of the oldest and most established events in Utah, but even it must move over to make way for bicycle t...
    Updated Aug 08 2016 09:25 am   |     |   Share
  • Book review: Weisberger’s new novel set in world of competitive tennis
    Lauren Weisberger, author of the best-selling “The Devil Wears Prada,” trades fashion magazine politics for the drama that often follows the elite wor...
    Updated Aug 07 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah writers Ella Joy Olsen, Alison McLennan and Julie J. Nichols are publishing novels that are set in Utah. The group was photographed on the steps of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers museum in Salt Lake City Wednesday July 20, 2016. Three writers find literary inspiration in Utah history
    As a literary landscape, Utah often earns attention for our natural environment, rather than our distinctive characters. But three new novels, all set...
    Updated Jul 31 2016 09:12 am   |     |   Share
  • Jeffrey Toobin revisits Patty Hearst saga
    Earlier this year the well-known legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin won even wider attention for the FX series based on his 1996 best-seller about the O.J. ...
    Updated Aug 05 2016 06:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Wednesday, June 15, 2016 file photo, Oprah Winfrey arrives at the season one premiere of ’Greenleaf’ at The Lot in West Hollywood, Calif. Winfrey has a new book club pick, Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad,” a historical novel that imagines the network of safe houses and passages that helped slaves escape to free territory is an actual train.  (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File) Oprah Winfrey picks Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Underground Railroad’ for book club
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