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The Utah Humanities Council has announced the winners of its 11th annual Utah Book Awards, with Salt Lake City author and violinist Gerald Elias winning the fiction category for his book Danse Macabre.

Steven R. Simms, a professor of anthropology at Utah State University, won the council's award for nonfiction with Traces of Fremont, a study of the Fremont culture of American Indians in south-central Utah that thrived during the pre-Columbian era from 300-1300 A.D.

Kiersten White received the young adult book award for her debut novel, Paranormalcy, about a 16-year-old girl called to uncover a plot to kill paranormal beings.

Shawn Fawson won the poetry award for her book of collected verse, Giving Way. Shannon and Dean Hale won the award for children's books for Calamity Jack.

Winners received their awards at the Kim T. Adamson Alumni House on the campus of Westminster College.

Elias' winning novel is second in his trilogy of books following the investigations of Daniel Jacobus, a churlish blind violinist disillusioned with the classical music industry. Elias launched his trilogy with The Devil's Trill in 2010, and earlier this year published his third novel inspired by the famous Franz Schubert quartet of its name, Death and the Maiden. It follows a professional string quartet on the verge of collapse, thanks to a murderer who has targeted its members.

Winners and finalists of this year's book awards will read from their works Oct. 19 and 22 at the Salt Lake Main Library.

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A reading by the winners and finalists of the 11th annual Utah book awards.

When • Oct. 19, 7 p.m. for fiction, nonfiction and poetry winners and finalists.

When • Oct. 22, 12:30 p.m. for young adult and children's winners and finalists.

Where • Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City. Fiction, nonfiction and poetry winners and finalists will read on Level 4, in conjunction with City Art. Young adult and children's winners and finalists will read in the Canteena on Level 2.

Info • Free. Call 801-819-3763 for more information, or visit http://www.slcpl.lib.ut.us.

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