The Utah State Library and Utah Humanities are excited to announce One Book, One Utah, a statewide book club that invites all Utahns to read a common book and then come together virtually to enjoy, reflect, and discuss. The program aims to bring Utahns closer together during this time of distance and adversity.

The inaugural book selected for discussion is Virga and Bone: Essays from Dry Places by Craig Childs. It’s a deeply felt essay collection focusing upon a vivid series of desert icons--a sheet of virga over Monument Valley, white seashells in a dry desert sand, boulders impossibly balanced. Childs delves into the allure of our starkest landscapes and the profound nature of the desert.

Additional resources, discussion questions, and activity guides may be found at

On May 27th at 7 pm, join us for a virtual author talk with Craig Childs to hear his thoughts. Register here:

Check out the book through the Summit County Library or the audiobook on Libby.

Funds for this project have been provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act and are administered by the Utah State Library Division.