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Virtual Event with Ross Gay

  • Date: October 6, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Price: Virtual Free
  • Presented by: Park City Library
Overview

A virtual event with Ross Gay, author of Book of Delights.

During One Book One Community, every year, the Summit County community reads one book to create a shared experience of reading. Reading the same book explores our commonalities. One Book One Community is made possible with the partnership of Park City Library, Summit County Library, Utah Humanities, and Dolly’s Bookstore.

This event is part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival. Utah Humanities Book Festival is Utah’s oldest & only statewide book festival & Utah’s signature literary event. Visit UtahHumanities.org for all statewide events.

About the book:

(Note to readers – Park City Library has numerous copies of the print book at the Library and the audiobook or ebook is available through Libby.)

The New York Times bestselling book of essays celebrating ordinary delights in the world around us by one of America’s most original and observant writers, award-winning poet Ross Gay.

As Heard on NPR’s This American Life

“Ross Gay’s eye lands upon wonder at every turn, bolstering my belief in the countless small miracles that surround us.” —Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. Poet Laureate

The winner of the NBCC Award for Poetry offers up a spirited collection of short lyrical essays, written daily over a tumultuous year, reminding us of the purpose and pleasure of praising, extolling, and celebrating ordinary wonders.

In The Book of Delights, one of today’s most original literary voices offers up a genre-defying volume of lyric essays written over one tumultuous year. The first nonfiction book from award-winning poet Ross Gay is a record of the small joys we often overlook in our busy lives. Among Gay’s funny, poetic, philosophical delights: a friend’s unabashed use of air quotes, cradling a tomato seedling aboard an airplane, the silent nod of acknowledgment between the only two black people in a room. But Gay never dismisses the complexities, even the terrors, of living in America as a black man or the ecological and psychic violence of our consumer culture or the loss of those he loves. More than anything other subjects, though, Gay celebrates the beauty of the natural world–his garden, the flowers peeking out of the sidewalk, the hypnotic movements of a praying mantis.

The Book of Delights is about our shared bonds and the rewards that come from a life closely observed. These remarkable pieces serve as a powerful and necessary reminder that we can, and should, stake out a space in our lives for delight.

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