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Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth Behind a World War II Fence

Book Cover of Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp Portrait of Lily Havey

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 3:00 PM in the Gould Auditorium at J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Author Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey

The memoir by Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey, Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth behind a World War II Fence (University of Utah Press, 2014) details Lily’s coming of age in two Japanese American internment camps. Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey was born in Los Angeles, California.  Her parents immigrated from Japan making Lily a second generation Japanese American, or Nisei.  When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, allowing military authorities to exclude anyone from anywhere without trial or hearing, the Japanese—even those born in America and therefore citizens—were swiftly interned, labeled as enemies. Lily and her family were forcibly moved to internment camps, first to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, then to a permanent camp at Granada, Colorado, the Amache Relocation Center. 

            After World War II ended, in 1945 the family moved to Salt Lake City where Lily attended junior high school and high school. After graduating from high school, she attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree.  Lily also earned graduate degrees in Fine Arts and Far Eastern Studies at the University of Utah. For 13 years she taught English, Humanities, and Creative Writing at Skyline High School and Cottonwood High School and was the sponsor of the literary magazine at both schools. 

            After retiring from teaching, Lily pursued a career in stained glass and later, watercolors.  Although retired from her career in stained glass, she still accepts occasional commissions for stained glass panels.  Lily is also engaged in speaking about her war time experiences and presents slide shows of her watercolors depicting scenes of life in the internment camps.  Ms. Havey resides in Salt Lake City with her husband and has two sons and one granddaughter. 

For more information please contact Judy Jarrow at 801-581-3421

 

25th Street Confidential: Drama, Decadence, and Dissipation along Odgen's Rowdiest Road

25th Street Confidential by Val Holley Book Cover Portrait of Val HolleySunday, April 6, 2014, 3:00 PM in the Gould Auditorium at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Author Val Holley

25th Street Confidential traces Ogden’s transformation from quiet hamlet to chaotic transcontinental railroad junction as waves of non-Mormon fortune seekers swelled the city’s population. The street’s outsized role in Ogden annals illuminates larger themes in Utah and U.S. history. Most significantly, 25th Street was a crucible of Mormon-Gentile conflict, especially after the non-Mormon Liberal Party deprived its rival, the People’s Party, of long-standing control of Ogden’s municipal government in 1889. In the early twentieth-century the street was targeted in statewide Progressive Era reform efforts, and during Prohibition it would come to epitomize the futility of liquor abatement programs.

This first full-length treatment of Ogden’s rowdiest road, by Val Holley, spotlights larger-than-life figures whose careers were entwined with the street: Mayor Harman Ward Peery, who unabashedly filled the city treasury with fees and fines from vicious establishments; Belle London, the most successful madam in Utah history; and Rosetta Ducinnie Davie, the heiress to London’s legacy who became a celebrity on the street, in the courts, and in the press. Material from previously unexploited archives and more than one hundred historic photos enrich this narrative of a turbulent but unforgettable street.

Val Holley is a native of Weber County, Utah, attended Weber State College, and received a BA in journalism from BYU, a JD from the University of Utah, and an MLS from the Catholic University of America. For three decades he has been a law librarian and an independent historian in Washington, DC. He is the author of James Dean: The Biography and Mike Connolly and the Manly Art of Hollywood Gossip.                                                                                                              

From: University of Utah Press Release

For more information please contact Judy Jarrow at 801-581-3421

 

Intimate: Writing the Dual Hybrid Biography

Book cover for Intimate: An American Family PHoto Album by Paisley Rekdal Portrait of author Paisley Rekdal by photographer Tommy ChandlerSunday, February 23rd, 2014, 3:00 PM in the Gould Auditorium at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Author Paisley Rekdal

Intimate: AnAmerican Family Photo Album (Tupelo Press, 2012) is a hybrid memoir and “photo album” that blends personal essay, historical documentary, and poetry to examine the tense relationship between self, society, and familial legacy in contemporary America. Typographically innovative, Intimate creates parallel streams, narrating the stories of the relationship between her Norwegian-American father and her Chinese American mother, and between the photographer Edward S. Curtis, and Curtis’s murdered Apsaroke guide, Alexander Upshaw. The result is panoramic, a completely original literary encounter with intimacy, identity, family relations, and race.  - Tupelo Press

Paisley Rekdal is also the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee (Pantheon, 2000; Vintage, 2002), and four books of poetry, A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls without Pants, The Invention of the Kaleidoscope, and Animal Eye. Her work has received a Village Voice Writers on the Verge Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, and the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship. Her poems and essays have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Nerve, American Poetry Review and on NPR. She received the University of North Texas Rainer Maria Rilke Poetry award in 2013 and, Animal Eye, was a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts award in poetry. She is the creator and managing editor for Mapping Salt Lake City, a community-written web atlas that maps the various communities and neighborhoods of Salt Lake City through critical and creative literature, interactive maps, and multi-media projects (www.mappingslc.org). Paisley is a professor of English at the University of Utah.

 

Tracks in the Amazon: The Day-to-Day Life of the Workers on the Madeira-Mamore Railroad

Poster for talk about the book Tracks in the Amazon: The Day-to-day life of the Workers on the Madeira-Mamore Railroad by Gary and Rose NeelmanTuesday, December 3rd, 2013, Noon - 1:30 PM

in the Gould Auditorium at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Authors Gary Neelman and Rose Neelman

When construction of the Madeira-Mamoré Railroad began in 1867, Bolivia had lost its war with Chile, causing it to become landlocked and unable to ship its minerals and other products from the Pacific Coast. Since Bolivia needed to find a way to move products from the Atlantic Coast, the government decided a railroad should be built around the Madeira River—which originates in Bolivia and travels almost 2,000 miles through Brazil to the Amazon—facilitating shipment to foreign markets via the Amazonian waterway. Completion of the railroad was initially stalled by lack of funding, but the project was resurrected in the early twentieth century and completed in 1912. Intended as an integral piece of the rubber export industry, the railroad became unnecessary once the world supply of rubber moved from Brazil to Asia.

Although there have been many brief chronicles and writings about the Madeira-Mamoré Railroad over the years, most barely scratch the surface of this incredible story. Of particular import in Tracks in the Amazon are the photographs—which until now have rarely been seen—taken by Dana Merrill, a New York photographer hired to document the construction of the railroad. It also includes reproductions of the Porto Velho Marconigram, an English-language newspaper written for and by the American expatriates who lived in the construction headquarters at Porto Velho. Because this unique railroad traversed the densest tropical jungle on earth, more than 10,000 workers lost their lives laying the first five miles of track. The images and descriptions of the life of the workers on the railroad illustrate the challenges of working in the jungles—the unforgiving climate, malaria and yellow feverbearing mosquitoes, and the threat of wild animals—which made conditions for the workers next to impossible.

For more information please contact Judy Jarrow at 801-581-3421

Roads in the Wilderness: Conflict in Canyon Country

Flyer for talk about the book Roads in the Wilderness Conflict in Canyon Country by Jed RogersSunday, November 24th, 2013 at 3:00PM

in the Gould Auditorium at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Winner of the Wallace Stegner Prize in American Environmental or Western History author Jedediah S. Rogers

For more information please contact Judy Jarrow at 801-581-3421

 

The Selected Letters of Bernard DeVoto and Katharine Sterne

Book cover for The Selected Letters of Bernard DeVoto and Katharine Sterne by Mark Devoto Sunday, October 27th, 2013 at 3:00PM

in the Gould Auditorium at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Professor Emeritus and author Mark Devoto

Bernard DeVoto was an historian, critic, editor, professor, political commentator, and conservationist, and above all a writer of comprehensive skill. A busy man with a busy life, DeVoto found time to write and answer letters in abundance. In 1933 he received a fan letter from Katharine Sterne, a young woman hospitalized with tuberculosis; his reply touched off an extraordinary eleven-year correspondence. Sterne had graduated with honors from Wellesley College in 1928 and had served as an assistant art critic at the New York Times before her illness. Despite her enforced invalidism she maintained an active intellectual life. Sterne and DeVoto wrote to each other until her death in 1944, sometimes in many pages and as often as twice a week, exchanging opinions about life, literature, art, current events, family news, gossip, and their innermost feelings. DeVoto’s biographer, Wallace Stegner, states that in these letters DeVoto “expressed himself more intimately than in any other writings.” Although their correspondence amounted to more than 868 letters (and is virtually complete on both sides), DeVoto and Sterne never met, both of them doubtless realizing that physical remoteness permitted a psychological proximity that was deeply nourishing.

Mark DeVoto, musicologist and composer, is an expert in early 20th-century music. A graduate of Harvard College (1961) and Princeton University (Ph.D., 1967), he is professor emeritus of music at Tufts University. In 1997 he edited the Altenberg Lieder, op. 4, for the new edition of Alban Berg's complete works, and wrote the revised fourth (1978) and fifth (1987) editions of Harmony by his teacher Walter Piston. In 2004 he published Debussy and the Veil of Tonality: Essays on his Music (Pendragon Press).

For more information please contact Judy Jarrow at 801-581-3421

To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea

Book cover of To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea by Robert KeiterSunday, September 8th, 2013 at 3:00PM

in the Gould Auditorium at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Wallace Stegner Professor of law and University Distinguished Professor, Dr. Robert Keiter

When the United States first established the national park system in 1916, the goal "to conserve unimpaired" seemed straightforward. In his recently published book entitled To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea (Island Press, 2013), Dr. Robert Keiter traces the history of the idea of a national park system from its inception. In addition to tracing the original concept of national parks as wilderness sanctuaries, playgrounds and educational facilities, he examines key controversies that have shaped the parks and park management efforts over the decades to accommodate growing mass tourism while still preserving them as wilderness areas.

In his book, Keiter argues that parks cannot be treated as special islands, but must be managed as the critical cores of larger ecosystems and that the National Park Service must work with surrounding areas so that the parks can meet the needs of critical habitat, clean air and water while at the same time providing sanctuaries where people can experience nature. He maintains that the goal of conserving, unimpaired, must remain, but that the national park idea can and must go much farther. 

Dr. Keiter is the Wallace Stegner Professor of Law, University Distinguished Professor, and founding Director of the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law.

For more information please contact Judy Jarrow at 801-581-3421

Music to Die For

Book cover Death and Transfiguration by Gerald Elias

Sunday, March 24th, 2013 at 3:00PM

in the Gould Auditorium at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Award-winning author and musician Gerald Elias

Gerald Elias is an acclaimed author and musician. A former violinist with the Boston Symphony and associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, he has concertized on five continents as violinist and conductor, and his compositions have been performed throughout the United States. Since 2004 he has been music director of the Vivaldi by Candlelight concert series in Salt Lake City, and since 1989 a faculty member of the University of Utah. His award-winning Daniel Jacobus mystery series, based upon experiences gleaned from his lifelong musical career, takes place in the dark corners of the classical music world and has won extensive critical praise. In addition to his latest novel, Death and Transfiguration (Minotaur Books 2012), he is also the author of Devil’s Trill (Minotaur, 2009) which was selected by Barnes and Noble for their 2009 Discover Great New Writers catalog; Danse Macabre (Minotaur 2010), hailed as one of the top five mysteries in 2010 by Library Journal and named the Book of the Year award for fiction from the Utah Humanities Council in 2010; and Death and the Maiden (Minotaur 2011).

 For more information please contact Judy Jarrow at 801-581-3421

My Canyonlands: The Adventurous Life of Kent Frost

Jeep in Chelser Park, Canyonlands National Park.  1962.  Photograph by Earl T. Van Pelt

Sunday, February 24th, 2013 at 3:00PM

in the Gould Auditorium at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Award-winning documentary filmmaker Chris Simon

Chris Simon will show and then discuss her film, My Canyonlands: The Adventurous Life of Kent Frost. Kent Frost, now 96, is the last of the old time river-runners and a legendary backcountry guide from southeastern Utah’s canyon country. As a boy, Kent explored the wild canyons on foot; as a man, he ran its rivers, developed backcountry tourism, and helped create Canyonlands National Park. Simon’s beautiful and intimate film reveals how the power of place can give shape and meaning to a life that makes a difference. My Canyonlands is an enthralling portrait of an American original and his fierce love of the land.

Celebrating: Willam Christensen and Fifty Years of Ballet West

Victoria Morgan in CArmina Burana, 1975. Photograph by KEnn Duncan LTD. Part of the Ballet West Photograph Collection P0247.

Sunday, January 27th, 2013 at  3:00PM

in the Gould Auditorium at the J. Willard Marriott Library

Featuring: Adam Sklute, Bruce Caldwell, Barbara Hamblin and  Rosanne Lazzara
Moderator: Ken Verdoia

Fifty years ago, Ballet West was established by Willam F. Christensen and Utah’s “First Lady of the Arts” Glenn Walker Wallace in Salt Lake City in 1963. Christensen had established the first ballet department in an American university at The University of Utah in 1951, which grew into the Utah Civic Ballet, Ballet West’s first incarnation. Christensen developed a distinctly American and theatrical repertoire for his company based on his early training in Utah and New York City. He built a strong connection to the works of George Balanchine and created the first full-length American productions of Coppélia, Swan Lake, and his production of The Nutcracker, which remains in Ballet West’s repertoire and was performed at the Kennedy Center in December of 2012.

An accompanying exhibit of archived manuscript and photographic materials will be on display in the Special Collections Reading Room Through February 28th. Highlights include costumes on loan from Ballet West.

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