Welcome to the 10th Anniversary 

of the St. George Book Festival!

About the Book Festival:

Welcome to the St. George Book Festival. In 2014, the Utah Humanities Book Festival recognized the St. George Book Festival as its SISTER festival. Making the St. George Book Festival #1 in Southern Utah for literary, author and book expo events. The book festival has also become Southern Utah's signature literary event.

Utah Humanities, Southern Utah Literacy Council and Heritage Writers Guild's (a chapter of the League of Utah Writers) have partnered together to bring this annual festival to the St. George community and surrounding areas, allowing us to explore literacy and interact with great writers.

This year, there are over 20 locations all over the State of Utah hosting more than 150 book festival activities throughout October, which is National Book Month, and the
18th annual Utah Humanities Book Festival. The oldest book festival state-wide.

The complete Utah Humanities Book Festival program is available at

Each year, the book festival is a chance for book lovers of all ages and genres to enjoy some great, free-of-charge literary events at locations throughout the St. George community, surrounding areas and state-wide.

Community-Wide Events

From Monday, Oct. 19th to Saturday, Oct. 24th

Monday, October 19th

Festival Kick-off @ Dixie Applied Technology (E.R. Training Center) - Doors open at 4:30 pm

Spencer Anderson @ Barnes and Nobel Red Cliffs Mall - Book Signing at 4:00 pm

Gary Dop @ Dixie State University (Holland Bldg. Room HCC475) - Doors open at 7:00 pm

Tuesday, October 20th

Dixie Poets Presentation/Workshop @ St. George Main Branch Library - Doors open at 2:00 pm

Tim Spear @ Barnes and Nobel Red Cliffs Mass - Book Signing at 4:00 pm

Open Mic. & Poetry Slam @ Jazzy's Rock N Roll Grill - Doors open at 5:30 pm

Wednesday, October 21st

Russell Estlack @ Southern Utah Veterans Home - Presentation starts at 1:30 pm

David W. Smith with Lynn Woodward Barron @ Barnes and Nobel Red Cliffs Mall - Book Signing at 4:00 pm

Social Media's Impact on Literacy @ Dixie Applied Technology (E.R. Training Center) - Doors open at 5:30 pm 

Thursday, October 22nd

Jumpstart's Read for the Record 10th Anniversary @ St. George Children's Museum - Reading Times: 10:00 am, 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm

Humanity Outreach through Literacy @ Dixie Applied Technology (E.R. Training Center) - Doors open at 5:30 pm

Author Johnny Worthen @ Barnes and Nobel Red Cliffs Mall - Book Signing at 3:00 pm

Friday, October 23rd

The Writer's Journey: One-day Writing Workshop @ Dixie Applied Technology (E.R. Training Center) - Registration begins at 8:00 am 

Book Expo Extravaganza @ Spooky Town Fair - Opens to general public at 12:00 noon

Campfire Stories: Become Your Own Storyteller @ St. George Town Square - Begins at 5:00 pm

Literacy Charity Dinner @ St. George Children's Museum - Doors open at 6:00 pm

Saturday, October 24th

Book Expo Extravaganza @ Spooky Town Fair - Opens to general public at 10:00 am

Comic Spook Day @ Comics Plus - Doors open at 10:00 am

Monday, October 26th

Sarah Alisabeth Fox @ Washington City Branch Library - Doors open at 7:00 pm

Thursday, October 29th

Candy Lish Fowler @ Eccles Fine Arts Concert Hall on DSU campus - Doors open at 7:00 pm


Click here for more details on festival events!


Literacy Charity Dinner 

Friday, Oct. 23rd from 6pm to 9pm

It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations--something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.  ~ Katherine Patterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia

Any parent knows reading to your child is essential! In April 2015, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced a new study providing further evidence that book sharing in early childhood may promote brain development in supporting reading readiness.

Come show your support not only for the St. George Book Festival, but also for the different community organizations who help promote literacy in our communities--the Washing County Library System, Washington County School District Foundation and St. George Children's Museum!

The night will be one you won't forget with St. George City Mayor Jon Pike giving the welcome, actor-comedian-writer Joe Niptoe as master of ceremonies and director-actor-writer Craig Clyde as the Keynote speaker. 

You will also be dinning with over a dozen best-selling and award-winning authors in and around Utah, not to mention each ticket you purchase helps our fight against illiteracy in the St. George community and surrounding areas!

For more information or to Buy Tickets, click here!


The Writer's Journey: One-Day Workshop 

Location: 610 S. Airport Road, St. George UT 84770


8:00 to 8:30am – Registration

8:30 to 9:25am – Keynote Speaker

9:30 to 11:25am – Breakout Sessions

11:30 to 12:00pm – Speaker Tables

12:00 to 12:55pm – Lunch Break

1:00 to 3:55pm – Breakout Sessions

4:00 to 5:00pm – Closing Speaker

For more information on breakout session and to Sign-up 

click here!


Book Expo Extravaganza @ Spooky Town Fair!

Friday, Oct. 23rd and Saturday, Oct. 24th

Missed last year's Book Expo? See the fun from 2014 below.

What to Expect:

* Readers of all ages and genres will get a chance to meet over 50 prolific authors, speakers and presenters.

* Enjoy performances by some of our local schools, community members and talented children.

* Games at Spooky Town Fair.

* Max the Magician performance.

*  Mom's Choice Award-winning Picture Book Character, SugarPaw will make a special appearance from 2pm to 5pm.

* Discuss books, literacy, the arts, ideas and much more at this year’s Southern Utah premier book and author event!

* Super Hero appearances!

*  Campfire Stories: Become your own storyteller at the Town Square campfire.

* There will be drawings for prizes, no purchase necessary!

* Book signings by Best & Award-winning authors. 

* Contests!

* Goodie bags at the book festival registration table for each family/reader.

* Purchase personalized and autographed books for yourself, your family and your friends!

* Carly Wall band performance.

FREE to the Public!

For Full Schedule of Events, click here!

Want to know which Authors are coming? Click here!

We want to thank the organizations sponsoring the 2015 St. George Book Festival because their support allows us to offer an array of fun and exciting activities and programs during the festival week (Oct. 19-24) for festival attendees of all ages to enjoy.


The funding we get from the Utah Humanities would not be possible without their major sponsors: the George S and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, the R. Harold Burton Foundation, Chevron, the Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks Fund, the Utah Office of Tourism, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, The King's English Bookshop, Weller Book Works, Catalyst, SLUG Magazine, The Enterprise, and City Weekly.

Last updated: 10-18-2015