Posts in Literary
Local Author Profile: Bonnie Park

An unexpected find tucked away in her parents' closet was the first step of Bonnie Park's journey to becoming a memoirist and author. Her parents passed away shortly after celebrating 70 years of marriage. In April of 2012, while cleaning out their apartment, a box surfaced, filled with correspondence and the details of their courtship over distance and time.

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LiteraryBarbara Bretz
Local Author Profile: Shannon Bahrke

Shannon Bahrke Happe, Olympic medalist in freestyle skiing, founder of Team Empowerment Hour, motivational speaker and entrepreneur has added another accomplishment to her resume — author.

Shannon's trademark “hot pink hair” has long inspired her determination for success and now given rise to the theme of her new book.

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LiteraryBarbara Bretz
Local Author Spotlight: Bill Mullen

After years of working for various Fortune 1000 companies, Bill Mullen longed to get out of the corporate scene and move where he wanted to live as opposed to where a company wanted to move him.

No stranger to a small-town scene, since there were only 24 in his high school graduating class, Park City seemed a good match. Bill and his wife Carole, put down a payment on a house in Prospector during a Christmas ski trip in 1988. “We have celebrated Christmas in that house since 1989. My wife Carole & I moved here permanently in July 1994 to the house in which we live in Hidden Cove.”

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LiteraryBarbara Bretz
Local Author Profile: Amy Roberts

Local author, Amy Roberts began her career as a journalist working in TV news and transitioned into writing features and travel articles for magazines. “The economy crashed in ’08 taking the print media industry down with it. I had to get a ‘big girl’ job and began working on the opposite side of the business in PR and communications.” Today, in addition to her magazine articles and a weekly newspaper column, she is the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for the Kimball Art Center.

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LiteraryBarbara Bretz
Everyone Can Write // Creative Aging Writing Workshops

Debbie Leaman, a freelance writer and writing coach, is someone who is passionate about writing, aware of it's challenges, and wants to share her personal experiences to promote the benefits of writing to help others.

When approached with the topic of writing, many people say that they can't write. It's not for them. Debbie notes that "my experience as a freelance writer, writing coach, and developmental editor has taught me that everyone can write. Sometimes all we need is a little help."

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Local Author Profile: Bobbie Pyron

Local author Bobbie Pyron made a giant leap from being a working librarian who loved to write, to getting that first book published. A life-long passionate reader who considered books her best friends, Bobbie always knew she wanted to be a writer. “I couldn’t imagine anything more wonderful than writing a book, seeing it on a library shelf, and into the hands of a reader like me.”

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LiteraryBarbara Bretz
Explore Virtual Reality at the Park City Library

Virtual Reality (VR) is becoming increasingly popular in libraries across the nation and the Park City Library is no exception. Kate Mapp, Adult Services Librarian, and Katrina Kmak, Youth and Spanish Services Librarian, first got the idea to offer virtual reality when they visited the University of Utah Marriott Library’s virtual reality drop in program.  After taking a few turns on the virtual reality headset, Mapp and Kmak were sold and started making plans on how they could bring VR to the Park City Library.

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Classes, LiteraryBecca Lael
Literary Art Proposals Take the Lead in Park City Social Equity Innovation Challenge

Park City Council hosted a Social Equity Innovation Challenge during their retreat in March. The challenge invited city staffers to come up with innovative ideas for a social equity project that is not currently funded. $50,000 was budgeted to fund the top ideas that will fill a need in the community. There were 13 total proposals submitted to the challenge. 

The two winning ideas were presented by Katrina Kmak, Youth & Spanish Services Librarian at the Park City Library. Both proposals focused on literary arts and the latino community.

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Book to Film Club // Connecting Books and Film for the Community

The Book to Film Club is the brainchild of Library Director, Daniel Compton and Kimball Junction Branch Manager Joe Frazier. It was started in February 2014. Compton and Frazier had been trying to host a book club for about a year, but it had been unsuccessful. Eventually, they pitched the idea of a a Book to Film Club, in which participants would first read the book on their own, then come together a the Summit County Library Kimball Junction Branch to watch the movie and discuss the story. The club has been a “great success” since, with 10-20 participants each month.

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Dreams of My Comrades // A Dream Come True for Local Author Scott Zuckerman

Not every 'wannabe' author gets the benefit of having a Pulitzer Prize winning author as a high school english teacher. Scott Zuckerman was mentored for three semesters by Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes, at Stuyvesant High School. "He was a wonderful teacher. Colorful. Memorable. When I write, I can still hear his voice in the background as he looks over my shoulder." McCourt was among the first to encourage Scott to continue his writing, but then a medical career got in the way.

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LiteraryBarbara Bretz
Hit Broadway Musical 'Hamilton' Inspires Letter Writing Competition for Utah High School Students

Many of us Utahns felt the disappointment when tickets to Hamilton sold out in a few hours last week, but there is still a chance for a high school student in our community to attend. The State of Utah, in an incredible public/private partnership, is sponsoring students from every corner of the state to attend a performance of Hamilton through The New Nation Project letter writing competition.The competition gives high school students (grades 9-12) an opportunity to write to their legislator about an issue they care about and propose a solution.

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One Book One Community: PCEF Author-in-Residence Program

Park City Education Foundation rings in the new year with a new program name and time for their popular Author-in-Residence program. Sara Hutchinson, Programs Manager, explains why. “We changed the name from ‘Author-in-Residence’ to ‘One Book One Community presented by PCEF’ because that is a national program with great name recognition. Over the past nine years, it has morphed from a student-only program to one in which the local libraries and many book groups took part. We appreciate the support of our local libraries and love the idea of the entire community reading one book.”

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A Park City Author who “Nailed It”

A manicurist, by trade, Carly Stenmark was living and working in Salt Lake City. She discovered many of her clients enjoyed chatting during the process with her on the receiving end of interesting and entertaining stories. Funny tales and tidbits she wanted to remember were jotted down on scraps of paper and tucked away.

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LiteraryBarbara Bretz