Week-long Festival Offers an Array of Free Activities for the St. George Area and Surrounding Communities.
One Pen, One Idea, One Reader’s Journey is the catchphrase for the #1 Southern Utah Area literary festival, The St. George Book Festival. This year marks its 10th anniversary and the organizations sponsoring the book festival offer an array of fun and exciting activities and programs for all ages throughout the week of October 19–24, 2015. Most event activities are free and open to the general public. More information is at www.stgeorgebookfestival.org.
The 10th Annual St. George Book Festival will be held at various locations around the St. George area. The book festival activities start with its annual Kick-off event at the DXATC Emergency Response Training Center with doors opening at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 19th and features National Speaker and Bestselling Author Brad Wilcox and ends with its annual Book Expo in Spooky Town Fair at St. George Town Square on Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
With more than 10,000 expected to attend, festival-goers can explore all sorts of ideas by interacting with great speakers, authors and writers from the St. George community and surrounding areas. In addition to the week-long book festival activities, scheduled special events will be posted on the festival website, Facebook page, community calendars, in printed programs and on on-site signage to help visitors play their week and daily activities.
This year’s festival will be bigger than ever with over 50 authors, speakers and writers. There are, of course, some huge authors with celebrity above and beyond their writing, but there are also some powerhouse emerging writers coming as well. Many of the authors this year come from all over the State of Utah or once called Utah their home. Featured authors and speakers include Brad Wilcox, Craig Clyde, Joe Nipote, Justin Osmond, Janice Brooks-Nichter, Jack W. Rolfe, Gary Dop, Candy Lish Fowler, Darren Edwards, Dallas Graham, Johnny Worthen, Mikey
Brooks, Amy Jarecki, Julie Olson, J.E. Thompson, Berk Washburn, Russ Beck, Dawn McLain, Stace Hall, Casie Forbes, Alisha Burton, Stephen Armstrong, James Duckett and many more.
The St. George Book Festival is funded by private donors and corporate sponsors who share the festival’s commitment to reading and literacy. Since 2005, Utah Humanities has been the St. George Book Festival’s lead benefactor and has pledged to fund for five more years. The St. George Book Festival is the #1 Southern Utah literary event and sister book festival to the 18th Annual Utah Humanities Book Festival. This annual free festival is the Utah Humanities Council, Heritage Writer Guild and newly developed Southern Utah Literacy Council’s gift to the community. Charter Sponsors include the George S and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, the R. Harold Burton Foundation, Chevron, the Utah Office of Tourism, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Wal-Mart, Brad Harr & Associates, St. George Arts Commission, Sherry McGhee at State Farm Insurance, Halo Publishing International, The Spectrum and Town & Country Bank, the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund; and, in the Friends category, Heritage Writers Guild, Washington County Library System, the City of St. George, Washington County School District Foundation and Spooky Town Fair, the St. George Children’s Museum, ComicsPlus, View on Southern Utah, Dixie Applied Technology College, Cherry Creek Radio, KCSG, Write it Up, World of Ink Network, Utah State Poetry Society, and Dixie State University. Those interested in supporting the St. George Book Festival can contact the SGBF Director Virginia S Grenier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Utah Humanities is home of the Utah Center for the Book, which is part of the Library of Congress Center for the Book, established by Congress in 1977 to “stimulate public interest in books and reading,” and is a national force for reading and literacy promotion. A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers, collaborations with nonprofit reading-promotion partners and through the Young Readers Center and the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. For more information, visit read.gov or www.utahhumanities.org.