Weller Book Works
A Shorter E-version of Our Bi-Monthly Print Newsletter
March - April 2017

Weller Book Works
607 Trolley Square  801.328.2586

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breakfast club
Casual book talk and news with Catherine. 
Every Tuesday 
9-10 am
at Coffee Connection in Trolley Square


lit knit
Craft Circle.  
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday 
6-8 pm 
March 8 & 22
and April 12 & 26



Collectors' Chat and refreshments.
On March 31, our speaker is  Keith Irwin who will discuss the Mormon connection with the Californian history.
On April 28, our speaker is Eric Robinson who will present his explorer's book collection. 
Last Friday of every month
6:30-9 pm
Collectors' Chat 7:30 pm
March 31 and April 28 


Independent Bookstore Day
On Saturday, April 29, join the party!

By now you know what the last Saturday in April is... That's right! Independent Bookstore Day! We, independent bookstores across the country, will celebrate books, ourselves, and YOU. 
All Day Long:
- Celebrity Book Face: Successfully match photos of well-known locals with their favorite books and be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate.
- Blind Date with a Book:  Before I.B.D. (from April 2 to April 27), bring a book you'd like to share with another reader and leave it with us along with three adjectives. We'll wrap it in brown paper and write those adjectives on the outside. On I.B.D. visit the romantic blind date table and pick your next potentially great literary love.
- Readers Virtual Photo Gallery: Take a pic of yourself with your favorite book in our store and post it to one of your social media accounts. Tag #bookstoreday and #WellerBookWorks, show it to a WBW bookseller and get 10% off your purchase on I.B.D.
- Open Mic: Read a passage or two on the mezzanine from your favorite book.

From 1 to 5 PM:
- Create Your Own Little Golden Book: With materials donated by the publishers of Little Golden Books
- Stencils by Tony: Back again by popular demand! Bring a piece of clothing or an item you can easily carry, and Tony will stencil it for free. You'll have a menu of bookish stencils from which to choose.
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Of course there will also be the ever popular Independent Bookstore Day Merch : exclusive literary items that you can only get in participating independent bookstores on that day. Not before. Not online. Not in chains. And only while they last.

That's just the beginning! Stay tuned for more. Including a way you can take Independent Bookstore Day on the road and celebrate with our friends in indie stores from Ogden to Park City.
March & April Events
west winds Open Mic Night with readings from West Winds Literary Magazine, West High's century-old art and literary publication. Come join West Winds Art and Literary Magazine for an evening of poetry, prose, and music! The casual open mic nights welcome attendees to read, perform, or just listen.

rumi Join us for two of Books and Bridges Institute speaking events:
- "The Tension Between Faith and Reason" with Brian Birch, director of Religious Studies at UVU.
- "Rumi - The Man and His Poetry" with Rasoul Sorkhabi, professor of geoscience at the University of Utah.

donn_s hill TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 6:30
Book Launch for Caryn Larrinaga and her paranormal mystery, Donn's Hill. Mackenzie thinks she'll find a fresh start at her childhood vacation spot, but returning to Donn's Hill awakens more than nostalgia. Mac regains a lost ability to talk to the dead, and the poltergeist haunting her is desperate to make her use that gift to find his killer.

savanna FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 7 PM
Maryann Martinsen presents her novel Beyond the Savanna. Hannah lives in Africa with her parents to provide healthcare to a community. She forges a unique bond with a lion cub, but circumstances send her back home. There, surrounded by strangers in an American college, she has to learn how to live beyond the savanna.

THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 6:30 PM  light of ours
emmett till
Combined author event centered around the Civil Rights Movement, with Devery Anderson and Les Kelen. In Emmet Till: The Murder That Shook the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement, Anderson offers the first truly comprehensive account of the 1955 murder and its aftermath. This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, by Kelen, is a paradigm-shifting publication that presents the Civil Rights Movement through the work of nine activist photographers who chose to document the national struggle against segregation from within the movement.

south temple
Author and historian Bim Oliver celebrates changing landmarks in South Temple Street Landmarks. From the earliest days of settlement, South Temple was Salt Lake's most prestigious street. The thoroughfare's core became the city's first local historic district, and made the National Register of Historic Places.

already dead
Free Play Reading of Already Dead by Morag Shepherd, and sponsored by the Pygmalion Theatre Company. Four friends, with a history that runs deep in their Scottish blood., experience tensions in their relationships and beliefs, as they use the ways of the land, myth, witchery, and religion to shift in and out of time, and each other.

long walk THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 6:30 PM
Brian Castner reads and signs The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Follows, in which he intertwines his time in the Iraq war and his struggle to return home at all costs, with the more inner struggle of finding who he had become once he came back to the U.S. Castner will be joined by a second author, TBA. Check out wellerbookworks.com for updates.

Red Rock Testimony conveys the spiritual, cultural, and scientific values of Utah's canyon country through the essays and poems of 34 passionate writers. Join some of them as they present their works about the fierce beauty of America's red rock wilderness, as well as the dangers to their ecological and archeological integrity.

Free Play Reading of Scotland Road, by Jeffrey Hatcher, and presented by the Pygmalion Theatre company. In the 90s, a young woman in early-century clothing is found floating on an iceberg. She says only one word: "Titanic." An expert on the sinking of the liner tries to crack her story with her enigmatic references to "Scotland Road."

we are ok THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 6:30 PM
gem _ dixie Sara Zarr and Nina LaCour present their latest books. From renowned author and National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr, comes Gem & Dixie, a deep, nuanced, and gorgeously written story about the complex relationship between two sisters from a broken home. An intimate whisper that packs an indelible punch, We Are Okay is Nina LaCour at her finest. This gorgeously crafted and achingly honest portrayal of grief will leave you urgent to reach across any distance to reconnect with the people you love.

Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series presents the ellipsis...Literature and Art 2017 debut, featuring Matthew Gavin Frank, professor at Northern Michigan University and author of The Morrow Plots, Warrranty in Zulu, and Saggitarius Agitprop. Reading at Westminster College, Dumke "Black Box" Theater, Jewett Center.
Best Weller's Pick for March-April

20% Off 
Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders
Random House
Publisher's Price: $28
Our Price: $22.40
Review by Donavin Girard 

At the height of the Civil War, while the bodies are piling up, Lincoln's eleven year old son dies. And young Willie's soul finds itself trapped in the Bardo, the Tibetan transitional state after death where the soul still clings to the vestiges of mortality, of all that one has done and left undone, and might move on, or dwell there, picking at the scabs of existence for all time. That is the hinge on which the story swings.

It is a novel in length but it is also a meditation and a prayer of sorts. It is a ghost story turned inside-out, a world turned upside-down. We are in the Bardo. Our guides in this misty world are Roger Blevins III, a suicide who manifests as a riot of eyes and fingers and nostrils; the priapic Hans Vollmann, a middle-aged printer who was killed on the very day he was to finally consummate his marriage with his young bride; and the Reverend Everly Thomas, who fears punishment for sins that he can't, for his (un)life, recall. But there are other voices that break through, clamoring to be heard, some somber, some ribald, some shattered -we are in the Bardo. It is the living who move like dim shades through this world.

This is a book about grief but it doesn't dwell there: interspersed with these woven monologues of the dead are contemporary, and often contradictory, accounts of events as they unfolded. Some are "factual" and  some are invented and I would suspect even the most hard-core Lincoln or Civil War buff would have a hard time disentangling one from the other.  But it hardly matters: we are in the Bardo, and Mr. Saunders is a worthy guide. As in his shorter fiction, there is a sort of playfulness demonstrated that is nonetheless deadly serious. The humor of Lear's fool.

I liked this book and think you should read it. And then read it again. And then buy a couple of copies to give to loved ones, especially those who take life too seriously, and those who don't take life seriously enough.
Rare Book Spotlight
We are aware of four bindings found on the Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, published in 1885: cloth, sheepskin, ¾ morocco and full morocco, which were signed. Here we present a very clean and attractive first edition two-volume set in the brown ¾ morocco bindings with gilded backstrips and marbled endsheets and edges. $1075
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