Author Event With Erica Olsen & Jana Richman

Date: November 30, 2012

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Back of Beyond Bookstore - 83 North Main Street

Price: Event is free to the public!

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Author Event With Erica Olsen & Jana Richman


Erica Olsen lives in southeast Utah. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana. Her work has received awards including the 2011 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose (for “Grand Canyon II,” included in Recapture), a Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and residencies at Ucross and the Center for Land Use Interpretation. She has worked most recently as an archivist at Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Blanding, Utah, and a museum technician at the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, Colorado, both grant-funded positions supporting the preservation of archaeological collections.

Erica Olsen will be presenting her newest book, Recapture & Other Stories, published by Torrey House Press.


Jana Richman is the author of three books: A memoir, Riding in the Shadows of Saints: A Woman’s Story of Motorcycling the Mormon Trail; and two novels, The Last Cowgirl, which won the 2009 Willa Award for contemporary Fiction; and The Ordinary Truth, forthcoming in November 2012. Jana’s provocative prose has been compared to that of Pam Houston, Barbara Kingsolver and Pat Conroy.

Jana was born and raised in Utah’s west desert, the daughter of a small-time rancher and a hand-wringing Mormon mother. With the exception of a few misguided years spent in New York City trying to make a fortune on Wall Street, she has lived her entire life—more than 50 years—west of the hundredth meridian. She writes about issues that threaten to destroy the essence of the west: overpopulation, overdevelopment, rapidly dwindling water aquifers, stupidity, ignorance, arrogance and greed. She also writes about passion, beauty, and love.

Jana has received fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Norcroft Writer’s Colony, Writers at Work, Hedgebrook Writer’s Colony, and the Millay Colony where she was a New York Times Foundation Fellow.

She recently returned to her home state of Utah (after a several years in the Sonoran Desert) where foot travel is her preferred method of commuting and exploring. She lives in the small town of Escalante, Utah, bordering the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument with her husband and backpacking partner, Steve Defa.

Jana Richman will be presenting her newest book, The Ordinary Truth, published by Torrey House Press.