Literary notes: A father focuses on his love of nature; The Mighty Colorado

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Books and bites on the menu

Harmons and Weller Book Works generate best-seller book buzz with Blood, Bones & Butter — The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton. Evan Fran├žois, Harmons cooking school chef, will serve ginger beer pumpkin soup, roasted beets with aioli and bagna cauda. For information, call 801-617-0133.

When • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m.

Where • Harmons Bangerter Crossing, 125 E. 12800 South, Draper

Tickets • $49, visit

Author Dylan Tomine shares love of nature

Closer to the Ground is the deeply personal story of a father learning to share his love of nature with his children, not through the indoor lens of words or pictures, but directly, palpably, by exploring the natural world as they forage, cook and eat from the woods and sea.

When • Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.

Where • The King's English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Short fiction reading

Westminster College will present a free reading by six contributors to The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard as part of the Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series. A book signing and reception with the authors will follow the reading.

When • Friday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.

Where • Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, 1840 S. 1300 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Harmonica Workshop with Adam Gussow

Ken Sanders Rare Books will hold a workshop with harmonica legend Adam Gussow. It is intended for both beginners and the highly advanced. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Visit for information.

When • Saturday, Nov. 17, 2-4 p.m.

Where • Ken Sanders Rare Books, 268 S. 200 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $25, cash only

The Colorado in photos and text

The Gallery at Library Square will feature "The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict," photos by Peter McBride, with text from Jonathan Waterman. Visit for information.

When • Today from 1-5 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, Nov. 12-15, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 18, 1-5 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Where • Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City

Movable Books: Selections from the Rare Book Collections

The Movable Book Society, the J. Willard Marriott Library Book Arts Program, the Salt Lake Library and the Utah Humanities Council are bringing pop-ups to Utah. Visit for information.

When • Monday through Friday, Nov. 12-16, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 19, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where • University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library, 295 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free