As the sun sets on summer, September arrives with a special day that celebrates the fruits of our labor—Labor Day! A time to savor the rewards of our hard work. And what better way to celebrate than with a good book? At Readers and Writers Book Club, we believe every book is a labor of love, a creation of dedication and imagination.
As we pause to commemorate Labor Day, let’s also celebrate the labor of authors who gift us with captivating stories. Whether you’re unwinding by the fire, under the sun, or curled up indoors, let the pages of a book transport you.
Our September newsletter brings exciting updates, author highlights, and book recommendations to enrich your reading journey. Join us in honoring the work behind words and indulging in the pleasure of reading.
Our September meeting is all about you! We want to tailor the discussion to your interests. Share your topic preference and shape the meeting to suit your reading appetite. Join us in making it a gathering you won’t want to miss!
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Elevate Your Writing at the Three Amigos’ Monthly Virtual Meetings Where Expertise Meets Enjoyment
Are you an aspiring writer hungry for actionable insights? Or maybe you’re an accomplished author on the hunt for fresh perspectives? Whatever your writing level, The Three Amigos’ monthly virtual meetings are the place to be!
Designed with a particular emphasis on supporting new and emerging talent, The Three Amigos gatherings also extend a warm welcome to established writers. Each session boasts a roster of experienced guests from the industry, ensuring a blend of tried-and-true wisdom and innovative techniques.
Why settle for outline when you can grow professionally and have a great time? Mark your calendar to unlock a universe of writing wisdom, connect with your creative peers, and add fun to your writing journey. See you online!
Readers and Writers Book Club General Meeting
Our monthly General Book Club Meeting is a vibrant meeting where members connect, discuss new releases, and explore literary themes. It’s a platform to gain fresh perspectives, share insights, and form a community of book enthusiasts. Engaging discussions, author insights, and an avenue to bond over shared love for literature await you.
Future Events – Mary Flint
Salt Palace Convention Center
SW Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
November 20, 2023, Monday, 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
November 21, 2023, Tuesday, 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Whale of a Time
Maren is a young girl who loves whales, and she loves to learn and talk about them. So her parents give her tickets for her birthday to go on a whale sighting tour. She is so excited. On the tour, Maren begins a once-in-a-lifetime experience, learning about whale behavior and experiencing excitement, sadness, and happiness!
While Ireland Holds These Graves
The Story of an Irish Family During the 1916 British Tyranny
The fateful story of a Dublin working class family caught up in the Easter Rising of 1916. It is also the story so some leaders, especially women of that uprising, and of the spirit of past heroes who came to their aid. Finally, it is a story of Irish people who, generation after generation, and even after their martyrdom, rose up against British tyranny in England. While Ireland Holds These Graves will make you proud of your Irish heritage.
A Rat’s Nest of Rails
Tundra, Ice, Mosquitoes, and Permafrost Saga of the Alaska Railrod
The remarkable Alaska Railroad was built against a backdrop of historical upheavals—World War I, Spanish Influenza, the Russian Revolution—by a workforce that included anarchists, socialists, and labor union organizers. Amid military and political turmoil, it was constructed to fuel the US Navy, leading to complex challenges involving land claims, discrimination, and environmental impact. A Rat’s Nest of Rails offers a comprehensive exploration of this government-funded marvel amidst a tumultuous era.
Author Masterminds Audio Realm
Mysterious Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikollaevna of Russia
The Most Lovable Conman of the Alaska Gold Rush
Author Masterminds Featured Short Story
Mysterious Sudden Collapse of the Mayan Civilization
by Carl Douglass
Explore the enduring enigma of the Maya, an ancient civilization whose mysteries continue to captivate. Concealed beneath the North American jungle, their ancient cities remained hidden from Western eyes for over a millennium. In the 19th century, intrepid explorers uncovered their secrets, encountering giant moths, echoing monkey roars, and lethal snakes in places like Palenque. The Maya, a civilization spanning over 4,000 years, boasted architectural wonders, advanced calendars, and formidable warriors who dominated Central and North America. Yet, their grandeur dissolved abruptly around 900 CE, leaving behind a tapestry of questions involving drought, warfare, and social upheaval. Unravel the enigmatic narrative of this extraordinary civilization, whose legacy lives on in the Maya people and their cryptic hieroglyphs.
Author Masterminds Book Reviews
Hyroc by Adam Freestone
Hyroc is a unique boy. His story takes place in a character world reminiscent of ‘Lord of the Rings’ or ‘Harry Potter.’ Sadly, his differences from his fellow students triggers bullying in the worst way, leading to an injury forcing him to flee the only home he has ever known. Then his difficult, fantastical adventure begins. His journey will stir your sympathy and surprise your imagination.
The Last Word
“Under our form of government the value of labor as an element of national prosperity should be regarded as especially entitled to legislative care… In July, 1884, by a law of congress, a Bureau of Labor was established and placed in charge of a Commissioner of Labor, who is required to “collect information upon the subject of labor, its relations to capital, the hours of labor and the earnings of laboring men and women, and the means of promoting their material, social, intellectual, and moral prosperity.”
Excerpt of President Grover Cleveland’s speech to Congress on April 22, 1886
Labor day is Monday, September 4th this year. In current day, the value of this occasion is primarily in that most organizations and businesses give their employees the day off. However, 150 years ago, the plight of working-class skilled and unskilled laborers was seriously difficult. While 21st Century workers have legitimate work/life balance concerns, they are nothing like those faced by the 19th century population. The Industrial Revolution changed the nature of work and life from more rural communities to larger cities with labor intensive jobs in factories, repetitive mass production activities, and other demanding manual labor. Most jobs had 70-80 hour work weeks, often in unsafe, harsh conditions. In the second half of the 1800s the conflict of poor treatment of laborers by employers became intolerable. The first Labor Union was formed in 1866, consolidating laborers’ efforts to get Congress’ attention about the problems as negotiation efforts with employers failed. Twenty years later, after tensions led to violent clashes between workers and employers and authorities, including some deaths, politically, Congress had to act. In a further effort to quell striking and protesting workers, President Cleveland acknowledged labor contributions by signing a bill creating the national holiday in 1894. It is important to realize that cooperation of all parties, employer, employee, and authorities are necessary for national and individual prosperity. Striving towards always improving that cooperation is what I think is worth celebrating. It has been an effort going on for centuries.
14 Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns. 15 Pay them their wages before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin.
Deuteronomy 24:14-15 (NIV)
by Rebecca Wetzler