The King's English Bookshop and the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program at the University of Utah will join forces on Wednesday, March 20, to host an evening with novelist Kent Haruf, with proceeds to benefit the Graduate Program, which was conceived and launched in part by Terry Tempest Williams. The evening will include a VIP reception, reading and signing. At 5 p.m., join award-winning novelist Kent Haruf for an hour-long private reception. At 7 p.m., Haruf will read from, discuss, and sign Benediction, his first novel in eight years. TKE's Betsy Burton says "Kent Haruf has crafted a tale that is as riveting, as shot with joy, anger, fear, love, regret, as life itself—one that, in its compassionate and profoundly honest view of humanity, really does feel like a kind of benediction." The novel has been selected as the #1 Indie Next Pick for the Month of March and is, we believe, one of the most important books of the year or perhaps the decade.
Haruf's honors include a Whiting Foundation Award and a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation. His novel Plainsong won the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the New Yorker Book Award.
This is a ticketed event. Tickets for the VIP event are $75 per person, and include the pre-event private reception, preferred seating, a preferred place in line for personalized copies, and a hardcover, signed, first-edition copy of Haruf's book, Benediction. Tickets for the reading are $25. Customers who purchase the $25 event ticket may opt to purchase the book from The King's English and go through the signing line after the reading.
The event is
presented with The 15th Street Gallery.
All proceeds will benefit The University of Utah Environmental Humanities Graduate Program's Visiting Scholars Program. This nationally-recognized program is at the forefront of environmental education and was conceived from a passion for the natural world, and an understanding of the critical importance of equipping future leaders with the skills, knowledge and breadth of understanding to address our planet’s environmental preservation. To succeed, program organizers believe, these leaders require a new language, a new way of talking about environmental issues, and a fresh and broad approach that integrates community, geography, culture and a sense of “place.”