Utah Lit: ‘Train’ chugs through history, culture of railroads

By Jennifer Napier-Pearce

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: April 25, 2014 01:09PM
Updated: May 6, 2014 09:00AM
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The Salt Lake Tribune has launched a monthly online book club called Utah Lit and you're invited to participate.

In “Train,” author Tom Zoellner journeys by rail from Scotland to Lands’ End, New York to Los Angeles, the Trans-Siberian Railroad and more, logging some thoughtful details about the technology, its cultural influences and history while meeting some colorful travelers along the way. From the effects of feces on railway tracks in India to the ubiquity of locomotive motifs in American music, Zoellner examines railroads from every angle and takes readers along for the ride.

On Friday at 12:15 p.m., Tribune columnist Ann Cannon, managing editor Lisa Carricaburu and reporter Jennifer Napier-Pearce discuss “Train” and Zoellner’s fascination with the iron horse during the Tribune’s monthly book club, Utah Lit.

Join the discussion by sending questions and comments to the hashtag #TribTalk on Twitter and Google+, on the Utah Lit Facebook page or in the comment section below this story. You can also send texts to 801-609-8059.

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