USU Eastern Celebrates Local Authors


In honor of their 75th anniversary, USU Eastern presented Local Authors Night on Thursday. The event spotlighted published authors from Carbon and Emery counties. They gave speeches, answered questions from the audience and signed books.

The authors included:

Cami Carlson. Carlson lives in Price and teaches language and history at Carbon High. She specializes in children’s literature and has a book called Hey! You’re Great! Carlson is currently working on another children’s book that deals with bullying. Carlson is an alumna of USU Eastern.

Jennifer K. Clark. Clark lives in Wellington and specializes in renaissance fiction. Her published novels The Night of Redmond and Mark of Royalty can be found at and Deseret Book. Clark is an alumna of USU Eastern.

C. Michelle Jefferies. Jefferies lives in Castle Dale and specializes in technical suspense and urban fiction. Her novel Emergence can be found at Deseret Books, Barnes and Noble and

Sherri Mills. Mills lives in Helper and specializes in self-help novels, mainly about marriage. I Almost Divorced My Husband , But I Went on Strike Instead was written based on Mills’ personal experience with marriage and the marriage of friends. It is a book to help women find a balance with their husbands with housework. Marriage 101 for Men: Why Taking Out the Trash is a Turn On is written for men to help them understand how helping with housework can “get them out of the doghouse.”

Mandi Tucker Slack. Slack lives in Orangeville and specializes in suspense novels. She is the author of various novels including The Alias and Tide Ever Rising with many more novels in the works. Slack is an alumna of USU Eastern.

Nancy Takacs. Takacs lives in Wellington and specializes in poetry. She has many books of poetry published with another set to release in 2014. Takacs is a retired professor of USU Eastern, where she taught creative writing.

Carla Kelly. Kelly was unable to be at Local Authors Night due to a prior engagement with the Emery County Historical Society. She lives in Wellington and is the author of many romance, western, LDS and non-fiction novels.

A special thanks goes to Chancellor Joe Peterson, Vice Chancellor Peter Iyere, Vivki Noyes, Tom McCourt and library director Lori Brassaw for organizing Local Authors Night.

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