Book Group: The World’s Strongest Librarian

10/02/2013 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Art Access Gallery
230 South 500 West
Susan Anderson
Book Group: The World's Strongest Librarian @ Art Access Gallery

The Art Access Disability and Literature Book Group began in spring 2012 with the goal of investigating how and why people with disabilities have been depicted in classic literary texts and considering the historical, social, and cultural impact of these depictions. Last year, we focused on disability memoir, and during fall 2013 we will feature local authors and disability issues. Discussions will be facilitated by Susan Anderson, literary consultant for Art Access. In partnership with the Utah Humanities Council’s Book Festival, we will be offering a discussion of The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne.

Session 1: Wednesday, September 25, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Session 2: Wednesday, October 2, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Hanagarne’s memoir considers the effects of his Tourette’s Syndrome on his body, family, profession, and faith; while Scott’s novel examines the genetic and environmental heritability of mental illness and its impact on multiple generations. With engaging wit, powerful insight, and rollicking prose, Hanagarne is a welcome new voice on the Salt Lake and national literary scene.

The UHC Book Festival also will be hosting additional readings by each author at the Salt Lake Main Public Libary at 210 East 400 South. Josh Hanagarne’s reading will take place on Saturday, September 28th in Libary Square at 5:00 p.m.; Kirstin Scott’s reading will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd at 7 p.m. in the 4th Floor Conference Room. Scott will be reading in conjuntion with poet Shanan Ballam, author of Pretty Marrow. Additional readings will take place throughout Utah. For additional information, consult the UHC WEBSITE.

The Art Access Disability and Literature Book Group sessions meet at Art Access (230 South 500 West, Suite 125). Sessions are FREE and open to the public, but are limited to 15 registered participants in each session.

TO REGISTER for this FREE event, please visit and click on the date you would like to attend.

This program has received funding from the Utah Humanities Council. The Utah Humanities Council (UHC) enriches our cultural, intellectual, and civic life by providing opportunities for all Utahns to explore life’s most engaging questions and the wonders of the human experience.

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