Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2014 St. George Book Festival Announced!

2014 St. George Book Festival Announced
For more information, please contact:
Festival Director: Virginia S Grenier, 435-625-1743

Note: High-res image of 2014 Festival poster can be downloaded, attachment below

October 1, 2014
St. George Book Festival gives a taste of what to expect this year

Learn, Discover and Journey through the World of Books is the catchphrase for the number one Southern Utah Area literary festival, The 2014 programming features over 40 authors this year throughout the weeklong event.

Festival literary director, Virginia S Grenier says these are a few of the headliners for this year’s St. George Book Festival, with more authors coming October 25th to the festival ending celebration Book Expo 2014, which will be at the St. George Children’s on the 3rd floor.

“This year's Festival has some really cool opportunities for discovery,” Grenier says. “There are, of course, some huge authors with celebrity above and beyond their writing, but there are also some powerhouse emerging writers coming this year. Many of our authors this year come from all over the State of Utah or once called Utah their home.”

The 2014 Festival Guest Authors are:

Dean Hughes who has published more than 100 books.  He has written fiction as well as non-fiction for all ages: children, young adults and adults. He is best known for Children of the Promise, a series of historical novels about the World War II.  He and his wife Kathy have three children and nine grandchildren. They live in Midway, Utah. Hughes will be the Keynote Speaker at both The Writer’s Journey: One-day Workshop at Dixie State University and the Literacy Charity Dinner, both on October 24th.

Dan Willis who wrote his first work of fiction at the tender age of ten and has been creating fantastic tales ever since. Recently he wrote for the long running DragonLance series. His current project is a Steampunk Civil War series entitled, Dragons of the Confederacy, with NYT best-selling author, Tracy Hickman. Willis lives in Utah with his wife and four children.

J.R. Johansson is a young adult thriller author. Her books INSOMNIA and PARANOIA are with Flux books. CUT ME FREE will be come out January 2015 by FSG/Macmillan. When Johansson isn't writing, she loves reading, playing board games and sitting in her hot tub. Her dream is that someday she can do all three at the same time.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson has been an instructor for nearly a decade at the renowned UCLA Extension Writers' Program. She is an author of the multi award-winning series of HowToDoItFrugally books including the second edition honored by USA Book News. She was the youngest person ever hired as a staff writer for the Salt Lake Tribune—“A Great Pulitzer Prize Winning Newspaper”—where she wrote features for the society page and a column under the name of Debra Paige.
Later, in New York, she was an editorial assistant at Good Housekeeping Magazine. She also handled accounts for fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert who instituted the first Ten Best Dressed List. She has also worked as columnist, reviewer, and staff writer for the Pasadena Star-News, Home D├ęcor Buyer, the Glendale News-Press (an affiliate of the LA Times),, and others and has appeared in commercials and on dozens of TV and radio shows.
Carolyn’s experience in journalism, as a poet, and author of fiction and nonfiction helped the multi award-winning author understand how different genres can be marketed more effectively.

Mikey Brooks has a BS in English, emphasis in Creative Writing, from Utah State University. He writes fantasy-adventure novels, The Dream Keeper (2013), The Dreamstone (2013), and his newest release, The Stone of Valhalla (2014). He authored and illustrated ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures, Bean's Dragons and Trouble with Bernie. He illustrated Lucius and the Christmas Star, by Jim Long, Hippopotmus Gus, Bongo Flo and Ocelot Scott, all by Carolyn Quist. He has various illustrations published for several authors and enjoys every minute he gets to create art.

Dominick Domingo graduated with distinction from Art Center College of Design. As an Illustrator, he spent the 90′s visually developing and painting production backgrounds for Lion King, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan, Little Match Girl, and One by One. During this time, he also illustrated books for Young Readers for Penguin, Random House, Lowell House, Disney Publishing, Hyperion Books, and Harcourt. In the new millennium, Domingo redefined himself as a live-action filmmaker. His films have been well received, garnering such accolades as ‘Best Short Film- Palm Springs International Hispanic Film Festival,’ and ‘Best Director- Long Beach Q Film Festival.’ Having sold two screenplays, Domingo decided to capitalize on a growing writing resume. At forty, (call it an acute awareness of his own mortality) he went on to pen a collection of Narrative Nonfiction essays titled “Jesus Shoes,” which he has been performing in Spoken Word events around Los Angeles. Two selections from the collection have recently been included in anthologies, one of which, ‘L’Epiphanie,’ won the gold Solas Award 2014 for Best Travel Writing in the humor category. The Nameless Prince represents Domingo’s foray into Young Adult urban fantasy. He would be very happy to retire from illustration as a full-time author. He currently lives in Silver Lake, California, surrounded by hipsters.

Jaclyn Weist is an Idaho farm girl who adores reading. She met Steve at BYU and they have six crazy children that encourage her writing. After owning a bookstore and running away to Australia, they settled back down in Utah. Weist now spends her days herding kids to various activities and trying to remember what she was supposed to do next.

Johnny Worthen the tie-dye wearing author of the nationally acclaimed young adult paranormal ELEANOR, THE UNSEEN and the adult occult thriller, BEATRYSEL and DR. STUART’S HEART. 2015 will see THE FINGER TRAP, a comedy noir and CELSTE, book 2 of THE UNSEEN. Trained in modern literary criticism and cultural studies, Worthen writes up market multi-genre fiction. “I write what I like to read.”

Teri Harman is an author and book geek. Her books include BLOOD MOON, and the upcoming BLACK MOON, STORM MOON and A PAINTED LIFE. She also writes a book column for, and contributes regular book segments to Studio 5, Utah’s #1 lifestyle show.  

L. K. Hill writes across three genres. Her sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopian are written under her full name. Her crime and historical fiction are written under her initials, L.K. Her first novel, Persistence of Vision, won the Silver Quill Award for Published Books in 2013. She plans to keep writing until they nail her coffin shut. Or the Second Coming arrives. Whichever happens first.

M. Bridget Cook is the New York Times Bestselling Author well-known for penning riveting tales of transformation. Her gift is her courage to bring light into the darkest places of humanity, and illuminating paths that awaken readers to their own magnificent journey. Her powerful work has been showcased on Oprah, CNN, Good Morning America, and in People among others. Cook’s new release took the world by storm in September of 2013: The Witness Wore Red, the 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice with FLDS survivor, Rebecca Musser. The book already has the publishing world buzzing! Cook is also co-author of best-selling Shattered Silence, the Untold Story of a Serial Killer’s Daughter with Melissa G. Moore, and Skinhead Confessions: From Hate to Hope with former neo-Nazi TJ Leyden. Cook’s stories continue to rock readers around the world. In writing as in life, she loves to refute stereotypes. Cook runs Inspired Legacy, LLC, while enjoying her four amazing children and more pets than her beloved husband can handle. An internationally sought-after speaker and activist, she wows audiences on the subjects of transformation, conscious business, and how to leave the footprints of an inspired legacy.

Kristyn Decker was born into and lived polygamy. Writing helped Decker escape some of the tough times. At 50, she attained a teaching degree and left polygamy. Since her first book, Fifty Years in Polygamy was published in 2012, she has been speaking across our country about thousands of life experiences, and research that attests to the harms of polygamy.

Joyce Kohler has won numerous awards in state and national contests for her poems, and has been published in The Ensign, Panorama, Encore, and Utah Sings, Volume VIII. She has studied at both Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, and continues to research and write about topics that interest her. After twenty-three years with the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Brigham Young University, Kohler is enjoying retirement. Busier than ever, she gardens, weaves, makes paper and books, reads voraciously, cuts and polishes the stones she finds on their jaunts, and writes because she can't help it. Occasionally, she has the opportunity to teach English as a second language at BYU through Conferences and Workshops.

Select Festival Highlights
Monday Oct. 20th Local Authorpalooza Festival Kick-Off
FREE to the Public
Location: Barns & Noble at Red Cliffs Mall
        1720 Red Cliffs Dr, St. George UT
Time: 4pm to 7pm
Authors Who Will Be There: David Smith, Russell Estlack, Betty Vickers, Caroll Shreeve, VS Grenier, Amy Jarecki, Traci McDonald, Jon Thompson, Tom Garrison, Roo Arledge, Betty Crofoot, Liesa Swejkoski, Nancy Phippen Browne, Ben D. Mahaffey, JS Jaeger, Bill Eads, L. Ralph Rohr, MD, V.J.O. Gardner and more!

Friday Oct. 24th The Writer's Journey: One-Day Workshop at DSU
Come enjoy this one-day conference designed to give authors and aspiring authors the opportunity to network and learn more about writing and the publishing industry!
Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm - There are two breakout sessions each hour.
FREE to the Public to listen to speakers!
Author Box Lunch Fee $15, come join the speakers for a box lunch on campus and get a chance to ask questions one-on-one.
Location: Dixie State University Holland Bldg 4th floor

Friday Oct. 24th at 6pm Literacy Charity Dinner
Join the Honorable Mayor Jon Pike and Keynote Author Dean Hughes; along with group of successful authors for an intimate dinner and poignant conversation! The night will be one you won't forget as you'll be dinning with over twelve of the best-selling and award-winning authors in and around Utah, not to mention monies for each ticket you purchase will be donated to two wonderful organizations in our community - The St. George Children's Museum and Washington County School District Foundation!
DEADLINE IS October 18th! Hurry and Reserve your spot TODAY at

Saturday Oct. 25th Book Expo Extravaganza

Time: 9am to 6pm
Place: St. George Children's Museum - 3rd floor Banquet Hall!
Located at 86 S. Main Street, St. George Utah 84770

What to Expect:
* Readers of all ages and genres will get a chance to meet dozens of prolific authors, speakers and presenters. 
* Enjoy performances by some of our local schools and talented children.
* Discuss books and ideas, learn what it takes to be a successful author and much more at this year’s Southern Utah premier book and author event! 
* There will be drawings for prizes, no purchase necessary!
* There will be book signings by Best & Award-winning authors. 
* Goodie bag at the registration table for each family or reader - includes free raffle ticket and 10% off coupon for one book purchase at the festival.
* Purchase personalized and autographed books for yourself, your family and your friends!

The St. George Festival will take place October 20-25, in St. George City and throughout Washington County, with more than 10,000 people expected to attend. Considered to be one of the State of Utah’s premier literary events, the Festival continues to be free and open to the public in its 17th year. The St. George Book Festival, s a yearly event devoted to books and literacy. The Heritage Writers Guild (a chapter of The League of Utah Writers) has partnered with The Utah Humanities Book Festival (now a program part of the Utah Center for The Book, a Library of Congress affiliated housed at the Utah Humanities Council) to help bring amazing author (both local and out of state) for the Washington Community, Schools and Libraries to enjoy.

The Heritage Writers Guild (HWG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering friendship, education and encouragement to the writers, poets and illustrators of Southern Utah. New members are always welcome.

For more information, go to

About St. George Book Festival
The St. George Book Festival celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. This Festival is the Utah Humanities Council’s gift to the community, allowing Utahans to explore all sorts of ideas by interacting with great writers. This year, there are 20 locations all over the state hosting over 150 book festival activities throughout October, which is National Book Month. The complete program is available at

The mission of the St. George Book Festival is to foster the growth and development of literary culture in Southern Utah and Washington County, and to promote books, reading, literacy and the arts of Southern Utah.

Thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and volunteers, the St. George Book Festival remains free and open to the public. Visit for more information, and join the conversation on Facebook at

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