Live UHBF Author Event - Mary Lou Sanelli ("Every Little Thing")

  • Posted on: 2 July 2021
  • By: TanyaMills

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Head shot of the author Mary Lou Sanelli

Cover of her new book of essays, "Every Little Thing"


A fine-tuned, beautiful book that looks with a sharp eye and a generous spirit at one's sense of place as it was in the five years leading up to 2021. And as it is. Now.


So much more than a collection of essays, this is a writer's soul laid bare. Filled with universal experience, every page reveals Sanelli's profound understanding of the strength and resilience of the human spirit.


REGISTER HERE. (Seating is limited, so sign up quickly.)


In Every Little Thing: Small Breakthroughs, Big Mistakes, Endless Lessons, Sanelli proves that a narrative essay can be wise and vulnerable and nail what matters most in our lives, all in the same breath. No one tells-truth with more heart, humor, and accountability. With a voice that speaks of life as it is everyday lived-with joy, calm, worry, and alarm-Sanelli manages to write lyrically in warm, accessible language. One can learn so much from a writer who, wherever she goes she takes her readers along with her, her experiences becoming theirs, as well. These writings will make you miss the Northwest even if you've never been there. Gliding on sentences smooth as stone with the brightness of the author's enthusiasm, this book will delight, challenge, reassure, and steer any reader toward a higher capacity to expand life's smallest moments into our grandest triumphs.


Mary Lou Sanelli has earned a solid reputation in the literary and public-speaking community through a steady commitment to writing and through twenty years of successful public readings and presentations. She has published seven collections of poetry, three works of non-fiction, Among Friends, Falling Awake, and A Woman Writing. The Star Struck Dance Studio of Yucca Springs is her first novel (Chatwin Books). Her newest collection of essays, Every Little Thing, has been nominated for a PNBA: Pacific Northwest Book Award and a Pushcart Prize. Her first children's title, Bella Likes to Try, is forthcoming.

Her regular columns appear in Seattle's Art Access magazine, The Queen Anne/Magnolia News, as well as Lilipoh magazine and Dance Teacher magazine. She has written for the Seattle Times, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Morning Edition, National Public Radio, Seattle's NPR affiliate station KUOW FM, and many other publications and radio stations. Honorariums include an Artist Trust GAP Award, Poetry on the Buses, A Jack Straw Writers Award, A Seattle Bumbershoot Festival Book Award, The Skagit River Poetry Festival, A GoodReads Notable Book Award, and writing residencies in France, Costa Rica, and Spain.

She presents her work at corporate events, conferences, literary venues, colleges and universities, book clubs, private events, and fundraising salons. "What Sanelli does in front of an audience is easier to recognize than it is to define." -The Seattle Times.

Also a master teacher of Lyrical style contemporary dance, she teaches workshops throughout the world.This professional dance training and performance experience enables her to present with skills that surpass the average author reading.

She lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.

Event address: 
94 West Tabernacle Street
St. George, UT 84770-4087
Every Little Thing: Small Breakthroughs, Big Mistakes, Endless Lessons Cover Image
ISBN: 9781633981355
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chatwin Books - September 30th, 2021

The Star Struck Dance Studio of Yucca Springs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781633981058
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chatwin Books - November 15th, 2019