Weller Book Works Salon Featuring John Sillito (B.H. Roberts: A Life in the Public Arena)
Join us Friday, August 26th at 6:30 pm for a book salon featuring John Sillito!
Weller Book Works Collectors Book Salons feature libations and treats, social time for conversation and a special deal on rare books that is only available to guests. Books are bridges across the divides of time and space and like they embrace the diversity of the human experience, we try to keep our treats, speakers and deals diverse which is maybe another word for unpredictable.
About the Presenter
John Sillito will provide our Collector’s Chat. Sillito is Emeritus Professor at Weber State University, and a member of the board of editors of the Utah Historical Quarterly. He has been a book collector for sixty years, mostly on American history, and remembers his first purchases as a teenager at Zion’s on Main, Wilson’s on East Second South, and Earl Marshall’s shop on West Temple. He is the author of B. H. Roberts: A Life in the Public Arena, (Signature Books, 2021), and the editor of History’s Apprentice: The Diaries of B. H. Roberts, 1880-98 (Signature Books, 2004). His book, co-authored with John S. McCormick, a History of Utah Radicalism: Startling, Socialistic and Decidedly Revolutionary, published by Utah State University Press, received the Francis Armstrong Madsen Award for the Best Book in Utah History in 2011 from the Utah State Historical Society.
A message from Tony Weller:
I believe in the power of environment and consider costume a piece of it. In that spirit I use our salons to play with attire and encourage guests to dress up, or down, or weird, or playfully, to help our sensibilities out of predictable zones.
Glasses filled at 6:30 and we muster for the Collectors’ Chat at 7:15 in our Rare Book Room. The event has no digital component.
Without question, Mormonism’s most influential scholar during the first half of the twentieth century was B. H. Roberts (1857–1933), historian, theologian, public intellectual, and member of the First Council of Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.