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An Evening with Dar Williams
Performance and Reading

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Date: September 16, 7:00 pm
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Location: Star Hall, Moab, UT
Details: The Moab Folk Festival and Back of Beyond Books present “An Evening with Dar Williams” on Saturday, September 16th at 7 PM in Star Hall.  Dar’s performance will include a reading from her new book.  Tickets are available at www.moabfolkfestival.com/dar-williams and in Moab at Back of Beyond Books 83 North Main Street. Regular seating tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.  A limited number of VIP tickets are available and include priority seating and a personally signed copy of her book. VIP tickets are $38 in advance and $40 at the door.
Dar Williams is a renowned folk musician and composer based in the Hudson Valley who has sold millions of albums and toured across the United States. Williams is also a well-known environmentalist and social justice advocate. You can learn more at www.darwilliams.com
Dubbed by the New Yorker as “one of America's very best singer-songwriters,” Dar Williams has made her career not in stadiums, but touring America's small towns. She has played their venues, composed in their coffee shops, and drunk in their bars. She has seen these communities struggle, but also seen them thrive in the face of postindustrial identity crises.
In WHAT I FOUND IN A THOUSAND TOWNS: A Traveling Musician’s Guide to Rebuilding America’s Communities—One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, & Open-Mike Night at a Time (Basic Books; on sale September 5, 2017), Williams muses on why some towns flourish while others fail, examining elements from the significance of history and nature to the uniting power of public spaces and food. Drawing on her own travels and the work of urban theorists, Williams offers real solutions to rebuild declining communities.
She traveled to and writes about dozens of towns and small cities across the U.S. that have taken steps to cultivate what she calls “positive proximity.” By embracing their public spaces, drawing on their area’s unique attributes and identities, and allowing all willing citizens to put their gifts and talents to good use in the commons of town, these locations have become the types of places in which communities are vibrant and joyous—and the economic benefits have followed.
Williams talks to local officials, small business owners, academics, and residents who spend their free time getting involved in their communities. She explores elements as diverse as the local significance of history and nature to the uniting power of public spaces and food. Readers ride along with her as she meets engaging local characters, attends concerts and fundraisers, and basks in the natural beauty of these regions. And she shows that small steps can build into big changes: dog runs and simple public spaces made Beacon, New York, buzz again; a unique, locavore food and wine culture transformed the Finger Lakes region into a foodie’s heaven; blazing bonfire celebrations and sci-fi film festivals have turned Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, into a place where everyone wants to live; and Moab, Utah’s “most beautiful dump” competition put it on every nature-lover’s map when local leaders were out of other ideas for economic development.
By celebrating the creativity, hard work, and determination of average people who want to build something meaningful, WHAT I FOUND IN A THOUSAND TOWNS offers a roadmap for other communities seeking to do the same.

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