This September and October, the Orem Public Library invites the community to join us in reading and discussing Timothy Egans The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. The book was a New York Times. Editors Choice, Washington State Book Award Winner, Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book, and the 2006 National Book Award Winner for Nonfiction. It also inspired Ken Burns newest documentary about the Dust Bowl which premieres on PBS this November.
In addition to the generosity of the presenters, these programs are made possible by funding from the Utah Humanities Council Book Festival. The Utah Humanities Council promotes understanding of human traditions, values, and issues through informed public discussion. Other partners and sponsors include the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Utah Valley University, WESTAF, the National Endowment for the Arts, U-DO, and General Electric. The City of Orems CARE grants also make possible the free public productions by Resonance Story Theater.