CityViews 5/31/12: Honors for “Icefall”/The SLC Arts Hub


Segment 1:

Matthew J. Kirby’s “Icefall,” a coming-of-age tale filled with Norse mythology, garnered glowing reviews from Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly and novelist Ursula LeGuin when it was published last year. But being nominated for – and winning – the coveted Edgar Award caught the Utah author completely by surprise. On Thursday, Kirby joins us to talk about the honor and how his day-job fits in with his storytelling.


  • Matthew Kirby, author of “Icefall”

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Segment 2:

Urban art – including graffiti art, street performances, poetry slams and break dancing – is alive and well in Utah, but often doesn’t get a broad public forum. Enter the Urban Arts Festival. On Thursday, we learn more about urban arts and a new 33,000-square-foot home for artistic growth.


  • Derek Dyer, Utah Arts Alliance
  • Cat Palmer, artist

The 2nd Annual Urban Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the SLC Arts Hub, 663 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City. For a full schedule of events and more information, visit

  1. Kathy

    For whom is this book appropriate….does it contain adult language and/ or sexual situations and can young teens read it, also? Who is the intended audience?

  2. JNP

    Scholastic (the publisher) lists “Icefall” as appropriate for ages 8-10, about a fourth grade level. No adult stuff, but I would say there is certainly suspense and a sense of vulnerability at times. Hope that helps and thanks for listening!