*This event will be held at the Ledges Event Center in Coalville (202 Park Rd., Coalville, UT 84017). It is free and open to anyone who would like to attend.

The Summit County Library and the Coalville Book Club are pleased to host James A. McLaughlin, author of the literary thriller Bearskin and winner of the 2019 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. In May 2018, McLaughlin was named one of “4 Writers to Watch This Summer” by the New York Times. Bearskin has been included in Amazon’s Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2018, Garden & Gun‘s Best Southern Books of 2018, and Southern Living’s Best Southern Books of the Year 2018, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a Publishers Weekly Summer Reads staff pick, and received an honorable mention for the Southern Book Prize.

McLaughlin grew up in the mountains of Virginia and now lives in the mountains of Utah. He holds law and MFA degrees from the University of Virginia. He’s currently working on two novels related to Bearskin and set in Virginia and the American Southwest.

This event is part of the 22nd annual Utah Humanities Book Festival. This annual free festival is the Utah Humanities’ gift to the community, allowing us to explore all sorts of ideas by interacting with great writers. The complete program is available at www.utahhumanities.org. Our thanks to the Book Festival’s major sponsors: Summit County RAP Tax, the George S and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, the R. Harold Burton Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Bearskin is available to borrow in eBook & Audio through OverDrive/Libby or from the Summit County Library.