Past Fall Authors

Mount Everest's peaks, Vietnam's jungles, colorful African villages, the tragedy of the Holocaust, and battles of America's founding fathers and its Civil War are just a handful of the places we've visited through our Fall Author Event. Since its debut in 1996, our Fall Author Event has quickly grown into what is now one of Northern Utah's premier literary events with attendance of over 1,000 supporters.

But this event is so much more than one public gala evening. Every year, our students compete in a writing contest in conjunction with the event. A theme is chosen based on the visiting author's works and essay winners have the opportunity to meet with and attend a private discussion with the author. Many authors provide personal critiques and comments on the student essays during the discussion. Our visiting author also presents a lecture to students from all over the district, answering their questions and discussing their books. Our Fall Author Event is truly unique in the way it not only brings the community together for the gala event, but also enhances the learning of our students.

We've been honored to host some incredible authors at our Fall Author Event over the years!


Click here to read what some of these authors had to say about their experience in Ogden.

2022: Brad Meltzer

2021: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

2019: Rebecca Skloot

2018: Erik Larson

2017: Sue Monk Kidd

2016: Anthony Doerr

2015: Simon Winchester

2014: Neil Gaiman

2013: Wade Davis

2012: Rick Atkinson

2011: Geraldine Brooks

2010: Daniel Handler

2009: Stephen Venables

2008: Alexander McCall Smith

2007: Billy Collins

2006: David McCullough

2005: Amy Tan

2004: Ken Burns

2003: Tim O'Brien

2002: Jon Krakauer

2001: Stephen Ambrose

2000: Sandra Cisneros

1999: George Plimpton

1998: Shelby Foote

1997: Chaim Potok

1996: Ray Bradbury