Todd Compton, author of a prize-winning biography of Jacob Hamblin, will speak to the public this Friday evening, October 23, at 7 p.m., at Kanab Middle School. His presentation, “Jacob Hamblin and the Navajos: Showdown in Kanab,” is open to the community free of charge. Dr. Compton’s books will be on sale in the conference bookstore, and he will be available to visit with the public and sign books after his presentation.

The Kanab Writers Conference sponsors the free Friday event every year as a service to Kanab residents, says Michael Schoenfeld, conference chairman. “We try to get a scholarly writer who can present something about the history of Kane County,” he adds. “Todd Compton certainly fits that profile.”

The Saturday conference keynote speaker is David Farland. A world-famous writer in his own right, he has also mentored such New York Times bestsellers as Stephanie Meyer, Brandon Mull and James Dashner. Saturday’s special guest speaker is T. J. Mackay, editor of IndD’tale Magazine.

There will also be a bookstore at the conference in the main hall of Kanab Middle School. All presenters’ books will be available for purchase, and the public is invited to come, browse, and buy books, too. Check the ad in this paper for information on the bookstore.

Anyone interested in attending the writers conference this Friday evening and all day Saturday can go to the website at to register. The fee for attending is $40 if you register online or $50 at the door.

Teachers can earn 10 hours of recertification credit by attending this writers conference.