Books hold secrets and offer a gateway into another world. The tactile nature of the paper, the mysteries of the publishing world, and of course, beautifully crafted phrases all make books an irresistable art form.
The People’s Market, a weekly west-side farmer’s and craft market, is celebrating local writing with their third annual Book Day on Sunday, August 21. This is a chance for the public to meet local writers and book-crafters and to stock their bookshelves with Utah-made reading material.
“As a bookworm, and by bookworm I mean book addict, Book Day is one of my favorite events,” says Tiffin Brough, People’s Market president. “People’s Market encourages local artisan entrepreneurs and makes our venue accessible for any local who makes products by hand, and that absolutely includes the literary arts.”
Thirteen local authors will read from their books between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the market which is held each Sunday from June to October at International Peace Gardens. Five of the authors specialize in environmental writings and four are poets. August 21’s author line-up includes:
10:10-10:30—Salt Lake Community College Writing Program
10:50-11:10—Fred Swanson (U of U Press)
11:30-11:50—Pilar Pobil (U of U Press)
11:50-12:10— Ann Torrence
12:50-1:05—Glenda Cotter (U of U Press)
1:20-1:40—Jeffrey M. McCarthy
1:40-2:00— Eileen McCabe
2:40-3:00— Keaton Charles Butler
“According to recent studies by the National Endowment for the arts, reading scores for American adults of almost all education levels have deteriorated,” says Marian Reinholtz, People’s Market board member and special events coordinator. “People are spending more time than ever watching movies, surfing the net and texting. We hold Book Day to make sure they have an opportunity to enjoy old-fashioned books written by people in their community.”
The market will also offer a Mother Goose story time for children, a community book swap for trading used books, and a booth where local books will be available and authors will be on hand to sign them.
About the People’s Market:
The People’s Market has been offering local produce, prepared foods and crafts, and is a cultural and community hub for Salt Lake City’s westside since 2005. The market exists to support farmers, gardeners and entrepreneurship in Utah. It accepts food stamps at a two for one rate, making fresh produce more accessible to disadvantaged Utahns, and exchanges debit card purchases for tokens to spend as cash. In addition, free entertainment is offered each week. The People’s Market is held from June 12 to October 23 at the International Peace Gardens, located at 1000 S 900 W, Salt Lake City. For more information, visit www.slcpeoplesmarket.org