The Annual Friends of the Library Annual Luncheon returns with an amazing guest speaker, author and New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, John Branch. John Branch’s newest work is Sidecountry: Tales of Death and Life from the Back Roads of Sports.
The luncheon will be held at Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley.
Tickets are available for purchase online now and will be available for in person sales beginning September 4th at the Library’s main desk. Tickets in advance cost $45. Tickets will be available at the door for $55.
More about Sidecountry: Tales of Death and Life from the Back Roads of Sports:
New York Times reporter John Branch’s riveting, humane pieces about ordinary people doing extraordinary things at the edges of the sporting world have won nearly every major journalism prize. Sidecountry gathers the best of Branch’s work for the first time, featuring 20 of his favorites from the more than 2,000 pieces he has published in the paper.
Branch is renowned for covering the offbeat in the sporting world, from alligator hunting to wingsuit flying. Sidecountry features such classic Branch pieces, including “Snow Fall,” about downhill skiers caught in an avalanche in Washington state, and “Dawn Wall,” about rock climbers trying to scale Yosemite’s famed El Capitan. In other articles, Branch introduces people whose dedication and decency transcend their sporting lives, including a revered football coach rebuilding his tornado-devastated town in Iowa and a girls’ basketball team in Tennessee that plays on despite never winning a game. The book culminates with his moving personal pieces, including “Children of the Cube,” about the surprising drama of Rubik’s Cube competitions as seen through the eyes of Branch’s own sports-hating son, and “The Girl in the No. 8 Jersey,” about a mother killed in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting whose daughter happens to play on Branch’s daughter’s soccer team.
John Branch has been hailed for writing “American portraiture at its best” (Susan Orlean) and for covering sports “the way Lyle Lovett writes country music―a fresh turn on a time-honored pleasure” (Nicholas Dawidoff). Sidecountry is the work of a master reporter at the top of his game.
ASL interpretation will be provided. If you need any accommodations, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/DRTWxH7Mk9Qumrta8
About the Utah Humanities Book Festival:
This event is part of the 25th annual Utah Humanities Book Festival. This annual free festival is the Utah Humanities’ gift to the community, allowing us to explore all sorts of ideas by interacting with great writers. The complete program is available at www.utahhumanities.org.
Our thanks to the Book Festival’s major sponsors: George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks Fund, Summit County RAP, Weber County R.A.M.P., The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, The King’s English Bookshop, Weller Book Works, Under the Umbrella Bookstore, The Book Bungalow, The National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts and Catalyst.
Date: October 19, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm