May Celebration of Ellen Meloy

On Wednesday, May 1, at 7 PM, please join me at Weller Book Works in Salt Lake City for a special panel celebrating the life of author Ellen Meloy, and a newly published collection of her radio essays from KUER/RadioWest and Torrey House Press titled Seasons: Desert Sketches.

In 1994, her first book, Raven’s Exile: A Season on the Green River, won the Spur Award for Best Nonfiction Contemporary Work. In 1997, she won the Whiting Award. Last Cheater’s Waltz was released to high praise in 1999. Her 2002 book, The Anthropology of Turquoise, won the Utah Book Award, Banff Mountain Book Festival awards, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her final book, Eating Stone, was completed three months before her untimely death in Bluff, Utah in 2004.

In the 1990s, Ellen wrote and recorded a series of audio essays for KUER, NPR Utah. Every few months, she would travel to their Salt Lake City studios from her red rock home of Bluff to read an essay or two. With understated humor and sharp insight, Meloy would illuminate facets of human connection to nature and challenge listeners to examine the world anew. Seasons: Desert Sketches is a compilation of these essays, transcribed from their original cassette tape recordings. Whether Meloy is pondering geese in Desolation Canyon or people at the local post office, readers will delight in her signature wit and charm—and feel the pull of the desert she loves and defends.

An illustrious panel will gather to reminisce about Ellen and the impact she had on them as writers and people and discussing Seasons: Desert Sketches including Greer Chesher, author of Heart of the Desert Wild: Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument; Amy Irvine, author of Desert Cabal: A New Season of Wilderness; Steven Trimble, editor of Red Rock Stories; and Elaine Clark, Producer of RadioWest on KUER. The discussion will be led by Kirsten Johanna Allen, publisher and Editorial Director for Torrey House Press. We’ll even hear from Ellen herself in previously recorded material.

Please join us for this remembrance of Ellen Meloy, her life, works, and impact.

Event date
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Event address

Weller Book Works 607 Trolley Square
Salt Lake City, UT 84102