More About Christy Karras

What I’ve been up to

Not so good about blogging lately…because I’ve been too busy writing for other people!

First, and update on the road trip: I had a great time talking to Kerry Bringhurst on Utah Public Radio’s Access Utah show. If you missed it, here’s a link to streaming audio. And yes, I discuss the time I met the Queen.

I also had fun speaking at libraries, talking about my book More than Petticoats: Remarkable Utah Women. My audiences were fantastic listeners and very keen on the book! Here’s a photo from my Park City Library appearance. This is me and my friend Amber, who drove up with another friend, Margaret Ruth (who took this picture). We went out to grab a drink afterward – what could be better than hitting the town with two flame-haired beauties?










Since my return from Utah, I’ve focused mostly on the Seattle International Film Festival. I’ve been covering it for Moving Pictures. Here are links to my stuff:

Festival Preview:

Ewan McGregor tribute story:

“a Lot Like You” review:

…and there’ll be a lot more where that came from. Whew!

May 27, 2011   No Comments

Road trip!

I’ve finalized the details of my upcoming trip to Utah. It’ll be packed with events. Now I’m just hoping things go smoothly – and if you live in Utah, I hope to see you there!

Here are the relevant bits from the associated press release:


Park City, Utah – With Mother’s Day on the horizon, author Christy Karras is hitting the road to celebrate remarkable women from Utah’s history. Karras, author of “More than Petticoats: Remarkable Utah Women,” will be presenting a casual evening of storytelling and discussion at locations along the Wasatch Front next week. They include:

Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.

Park City Library Roger Harlan Meeting Room

1255 Park Avenue

Park City, UT 84060


Wednesday, April 27, 7 p.m.

Provo City Library Brimhall Room, #302

550 North University Avenue

Provo, UT  84601


Friday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.

Eccles Community Art Center

2580 Jefferson Ave.

Ogden, UT 4401

Christy’s presentations include a brief slide show and lively stories about her most interesting subjects before answering questions and chatting with the audience about their favorite women from the book or from their own lives. All events are free and open to the public.

About the Book

More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Women of Utah, published in 2010 by Globe Pequot Press, is a reader-friendly look at Utah history through short, entertaining biographies of some of its most interesting women. The book tells the stories of twelve strong and determined women who broke through the social, cultural, and political barriers of the day. They include Emmeline B. Wells (1828–1921), suffragist, president of the Relief Society, and editor of the Women’s Exponent; and Reva Beck Bosone (1895–1983), Utah Congresswoman and the state’s first female judge; and the Bassett sisters, who hung around with Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in women’s stories or Utah history – or for anyone seeking inspiration from others’ lives.

(The Eccles Community Art Center, where I'll be on April 29. Formerly the home of one of Utah's richest families - isn't she a beauty?)


April 20, 2011   No Comments

Grammarians, march forth!

(This is a spelling error, not a grammatical mistake, but you get the idea. Bandon, Oregon. Photo by Christy Karras.)

In honor of National Grammar Day, I bring you some thoughts on one of my favorite subjects.

First, photos of ridiculous grammar gaffes (and other signage errors) from the Huffington Post.

Second, this column from the Chronicle of Higher Education. I like this one not only for its main argument, the “fewer” versus “less than” controversy (although I agree with the columnist on that) but also for its mention of vague or otherwise useless terms that should be banned. In this case, those words are “utilize,” “proactive,” and “lifestyle.” I don’t mind “lifestyle” so much, but I’d like to add my own: “facility,” along with “very” and “somewhat” and a host of other adverbs. Just be specific, people! A “facility” could be a hospital, a baby-food factory, or a weapons armory. Why not just say what you’re talking about?

Feel free to vent about your own peeves. And happy Grammar Day!

March 4, 2010   1 Comment