Archive for December, 2015

December Announcement for the Utah Westerners

“Hold to the Ironic Rod”
Robert Kirby

Robert Kirby has been making Salt Lake Tribune readers and others laugh and think for decades. His unique take on life and religion in Utah makes him a local treasure. Only Kirby could transform a uniquely Mormon metaphor like the iron rod into a presentation that makes it easier for everyone to live in our unusual society and culture.
Salt Lake Tribune humor columnist Robert Kirby was raised in a military family that moved to Utah in 1970. Following an LDS mission to South America, Kirby became a police officer.
After eleven years Kirby left law enforcement in 1989 to pursue the idiotic notion of becoming a writer. Robert has written for the Tribune since 1994. His culture column appears every Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday, where it is closely followed by church and world leaders.

He is the author of 10 books, most recently “The Essential Kirby Canon.” The recipient of a number of literary awards, Kirby is most proud of being named grand marshal of the 2010 Green River Melon Days Parade. He is also the historian for the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial, and actively seeks out officers killed in the line of duty who have been forgotten.

Kirby lives in Herriman with one wife, three married daughters, nine grandchildren, and various dogs. There was a cat, but it died.

December 8, 2015 at 11:11 am Leave a comment

November Announcement for the Utah Westerners

“The Man Who Never Died: The Life and Legacy of Joe Hill after A century”
William M. Adler

William Adler provides the first reappraisal of the case of IWW songwriter Joe Hill in nearly a half century. Born in Sweden, and among the vast wave of immigrants that came to the United States in the late 19th century, Hill joined the IWW which advocated “One big Union.” As a “Wobbly,” he used his talents as a songwriter and cartoonist to further the organizations goals. Executed for the murder of a Salt Lake Grocer, which he denied, his case is still hotly debated. On the eve of his execution he urged his colleagues not to mourn but organize. Colorful, controversial and complicated, an examination of Hill’s life, the factors that brought him to the United States, and his contested execution tells us a great deal about the nature of organized labor in Utah and the West. And Adler’s solid research informs this important re-examination of the man and the case itself.

William M. Adler has written for many national and regional magazines, including Esquire, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, and the Texas Observer. In addition to The Man Who Never Died, he has authored two other books of narrative nonfiction: Land of Opportunity (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1995), an intimate look at the rise and fall of a crack cocaine empire, and Mollie’s Job (Scribner, 2000), which follows the flight of a single factory job from the U.S. to Mexico over the course of fifty years. His work explores the intersection of individual lives and the larger forces of their times, and it describes the gap between American ideals and American realities. Adler lives with his wife and son in Denver, Colorado.

December 8, 2015 at 11:10 am Leave a comment


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