On Saturday about 40 die-hard fans braved arctic conditions to hear Laura and Tracy Hickman, the creators of "Dragonlance", speak in the auditorium at the main City Library in Salt Lake City, located at 210 East and 400 South, as part of the ongoing fantasy genre speakers series.
Saturday fun begins early
If you are tired of inane chatter and would like some in-depth, adult conversation about fascinating books and a variety of subjects related to them this is the place for you. Join Librarian Becci Webb in Conference Room 2 on Level 2 of the Main Library the first Saturday of every month for a lively discussion of the book chosen for that month. Drop-ins are very welcome.
The book for the Feb. 2 discussion is "The Hare with the Amber Eyes..." by Edmund De Waal.
Sumi Ink Flashmob
Then at 2 p.m. the Sumi Ink Club set up tables, paper and fluorescent paints in the Urban Room and dozens of people added swirls and dots to their biggest group painting thus far.
Laura and Tracy Hickman
At the same time in the auditorium, around 40 serious fantasy fans joined Tracy and Laura Hickman for "Deconstructing Middle Earth". Nearly every audience member identified themself as an aspiring author which made the Hickmans' talk especially pertinent. It was an incredible, free seminar on how to be an author, absolutely packed with information and clarification on the ins and outs of storymaking using "Star Wars" and "Lord of the Rings" as examples.
Afterward, they held a Q&A session and book signing. The Hickmans were full of on-topic knowledge and relevant answers and were so fascinating and fun to listen to that they were a half hour overtime before anyone noticed.
This is part of the Fantasy Genre Speakers Series funded by the Utah Humanities Council. The next session is on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium and will be about Fantasy Art and the Epic Self.
The Hickmans also offer an online forum that goes in to greater depth with online videos, workbooks and live webinars at www.scribesforge.com.
Learn to dance
At 3 p.m. in the Level 4 Conference Room, Mary Catherine Barnes taught how to foxtrot and waltz. This class is for adults only and no previous dance experience is necessary.
The next class will be Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. and she will be teaching the tango.