Last Updated Jul 4, 2015 01:05AM

Looking for something more to do while the kids are still out of school? Consider this: With its long hours of heat and light, summer naturally lends itself to sharing books with one another — out loud. In fact, the remembered pleasure of reading aloud lingers long after the season has passed. A group of local children’s authors, booksellers and librarians took a break recently to recount their favorite read-aloud experiences. Gwen Holt (author) • “My mother suffered from mental illness. My childhood was rocky at best. But one of …

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  • This May 19, 2010 photo provided by Penny Weaver shows Nelle Harper Lee, author of UtahLit for July: Harper Lee’s anticipated ‘Go Set a Watchman’
    “Go Set a Watchman,” the rediscovered manuscript by Pulitzer Prize winner Harper Lee, will be the July selection of the Utah Lit book club. It’s the s...
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  • Melinda Pfundstein (left) as Katherine and Natasha Harris as Bianca in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 production of The Taming of the Shrew. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2015.) Review: Utah Shakespeare Festival’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ is fast and furious fun
    Cedar City • “The Taming of the Shrew” is undoubtedly Shakespeare’s most problematic comedy for contemporary audiences. Kate’s characterization as “Ka...
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Ziegfeld Theatre Company's production of Utah actors step up to the music in ‘West Side Story’
    The basis for the musical “West Side Story” has been around for centuries. William Shakespeare examined forbidden love in “Romeo & Juliet,” which beca...
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The cast of Salt Lake Acting Company's 37th annual Review: Where’s the authenticity in this year’s ‘Saturday’s Voyeur’?
    In the traditionally upbeat finale of this year’s “Saturday’s Voyeur” at Salt Lake Acting Company, Mormon feminist Kate Kelly (Anna Harris) sings the ...
    Updated Jul 02 2015 10:49 am   |     |   Share

  • Tony Amendola (left) as Lear, Melinda Pfundstein as Goneril, Saren Nofs-Snyder as Regan, and Christopher R Ellis as Duke of Cornwall in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 production of King Lear. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2015.) Review: Utah Shakespeare Festival’s ‘King Lear’ is full of sound and fury
    Cedar City • One of the striking images that characterize Utah Shakespeare Festival’s superb production of “King Lear” occurs late in the play when Le...
    Updated Jul 03 2015 01:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • A scene from the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 production of Review: ‘Henry IV, Part Two’ reveals the human story behind English history
    Cedar City • “Henry IV, Part Two” is a play about people and times in transition. Structurally, it creates a bridge between “Henry IV, Part One” and “...
    Updated Jul 03 2015 01:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah author Jessica Day George's new book is Utah YA author Jessica Day George’s new book finds magic and mystery in 19th-century Romania
    “I think the real world is boring,” says Utah author Jessica Day George, explaining why all of her books have been — up to now — fantasies. Romania is...
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Facilitators Daniel Littlewood (left) and Rachel Falcone (right) and an unknown participant stand in front of The StoryCorps MobileBooth in Logan in 2007. StoryCorps is  once again rolling into Utah allowing residents to share their historical, timely and personal stories for the national archives. Utahns can share their histories in StoryCorps mobile studio
    The StoryCorps MobileBooth — an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio — rolls into Utah on Thursday, giving residents a chance to share ...
    Updated Jul 02 2015 02:11 pm   |     |   Share
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Utah Shakespeare Festival's Utah Shakespeare Festival says goodbye to outdoor theater with a revival of ‘Shrew’
    When Fred Adams directed his first version of “The Taming of the Shrew,” he emphasized the slapstick physical comedy in the play that’s now considered...
    Updated Jul 01 2015 10:34 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Children frolic in the terraced fountain at the Utah Arts Festival, Saturday, June 27, 2015. Photos: A sizzling Saturday at the Utah Arts Festival
    Here are scenes from a sizzling Saturday at the 2015 Utah Arts Festival, which wraps up its 39th run on Sunday at Library and Washington squares in do...
    Updated Jun 27 2015 06:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • Book review: Lots of twists and turns in ‘The President’s Shadow’
    A visit to the Rose Garden by the first lady opens “The President’s Shadow,” the latest historical thriller from Brad Meltzer, and the twists and turn...
    Updated Jun 30 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Bestselling Utah romance author RaeAnne Thayne is back with “Redemption Bay,” which is set in a small Idaho town. Jared Thayne  |  Courtesy Utah romance author RaeAnne Thayne is back with another ‘comfort’ read
    Summer arrives with particular summer pleasures — sunlight that stretches into night, baseball games, celebrations and fireworks, farmers markets, reu...
    Updated Jun 26 2015 03:20 pm   |     |   Share
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Vladimir Kulenovic, conducts the Utah Symphony Orchestra, as they play a free concert at the Gallivan Center, Monday, June 22, 2015. Photos: Utah Symphony entertains downtown Salt Lake City crowd with free concert
    The Utah Symphony performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in a free concert Monday at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City. For more information about t...
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Local husband and wife team Adrian Prazen and Rachel Johnson have a penchant for making wearable esoteric art that is mystical and beautiful as they prepare to sell their wares at the Utah Art Festival this year. In love and art: Married couples display their creativity at Utah Arts Festival
    Rachel Johnson admitted she felt some trepidation when she suggested to her metal-artist husband, Adrian Prazen, that they should make jewelry togethe...
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Jared Larkin with his adopted daughter, London, at Westminster College, Tuesday June 2, 2015. Utah theater teacher offers scenes from a single father’s life
    “Can we go back to the kill of Jerry?”  Jared Larkin asks the high-school students working with rapiers and daggers in his stage-combat class, then ad...
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  • Books: New Edna O’Brien story anthology spans 5 decades
    Put on a pot of tea and curl up with “The Love Object,” the new collection of Edna O’Brien stories. If you’re lucky, it’ll be cold, damp and misty out...
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  • In this Thursday, May 28, 2015 photo, Adam Carolla speaks during and interview in New York. Carolla, the father of 9-year-old twins, speaks volumes in the title of his latest book, Pro ranter Adam Carolla speaks volumes on fatherhood in new book
    Professional ranter Adam Carolla speaks volumes in the title of his latest book: “Daddy, Stop Talking!” The comedian and Guinness World Record-holding...
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  • Review: Utah production of ‘The Comedy of Errors’ reaffirms farce’s eternal ability to make us laugh
    Farce never grows old. No matter how grown-up and sophisticated we become, we still laugh at its silliness. And the plots, characters and jokes that a...
    Updated Jun 16 2015 09:45 pm   |     |   Share

Salt Lake Gallery Stroll: Jann Haworth’s ‘Round Trip’ captures her life in three cities
    Internationally known artist Jann Haworth chronicles her journey through three hometowns — Hollywood, London and Salt Lake City — in her new solo exhi...
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  • Hale Centre Theatre presents DisneyÌs Review: Hale Centre Theatre’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ hints of something deeper beneath its showy surface
    West Valley City • What strikes you when you read the cast bios for the Hale Centre Theatre’s glitzy, spectacle-filled production of “The Little Merma...
    Updated Jun 12 2015 03:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • Fahodie for Friend's Founder Lillian Martino in a photo to promote a June 19 benefit for her organization, a Salt Lake City-based nonprofit dedicated to ending human trafficking and slavery. Dancers from Ballet West and other Utah companies will perform original choreography at the event at the Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City. Courtesy  |  Logan Sorenson Teen’s effort to fight human trafficking finds a friend in Utah’s dance community
    The 11,000-mile distance between the impoverished village of Buduburam, a few degrees north of the equator in the West Africa country of Ghana, and th...
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