August is upon us, and you know what that means–time to fill out your MoLit Brackit:
That’s right. For your local gambling pool or Church auxiliary, we’ve set up a fantasy tournament between sixteen works of Mormon Literature specifically chosen for their cage match potential. Fill out your bracket and post it on Facebook before August 12th and then vote by comment on the Mormon Lit Blitz Facebook group to help choose the winner of each day’s match until one Mormon novel or play emerges triumphant.
A quick preview of the first round: 12 August: Orson Scott Card’s Folk of the Fringe vs. Chris Heimerdinger’s Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites
It’s a tangle in time as an alternate future faces off against a time-traveled past. X factor is the venue, on the site of the Rice-Eccles Stadium, which is under a massive lake in both available timelines.
13 August: Dean Hughes’s Children of the Promise vs. Angela Hallstrom’s Bound on Earth
Nothing says family like cataclysmic conflict. Hallstrom and Hughes square off in tight alphabetical space over in this grudge match for the Great Mormon Family Story.
14 August: Jack Weyland’s Charly vs. Doug Thayer’s Hooligan
You would expect a hooligan like Thayer to make trouble, and you wouldn’t expect Charly to club a Depression-era boy into submission. But before you lay your bets on this match, you should know: word on the street is she fights dirty.
15 August: Levi Peterson’s The Backslider vs. Theric Jepson’s Byuck
Because let’s be honest: in the most recent cover, The Backslider’s Frank looks like he belongs in a rock opera. Or at least like he could use a severe beating with a lacrosse stick.
16 August: Doug Stewart’s Saturday’s Warrior vs. David Clark’s Death of a Disco Dancer
Warrior vs. Death in the 1970s. A fight to remember.
17 August: Nephi Anderson’s Added Upon vs. Luisa Perkins’s Dispirited
What happens outside of bodies stays outside of bodies. Or does it?
19 August: James Goldberg’s The Five Books of Jesus vs. Melissa Leilani Larson’s Martyrs’ Crossing
Professional friends but tournament foes, Goldberg and Larson pit apostles against saints. With Joan of Arc on the saints’ side.
20 August: Parley P. Pratt’s “A Dialogue Between Joseph Smith and the Devil” vs. Steven Peck’s A Short Stay in Hell
Both Pratt and Peck are known as prolific, multi-genre writers of their respective generations–and they’re willing to unleash hell and the devil on each other in this fight for advancement into the second round. Don’t miss it: or you may regret it for what will feel like forever. And ever. And ever…
21-27 August: Daily matches between advancing titles (TBD)
28 August: The championship face-off between the last two works standing
So…without further ado, let the trash-talking in the comments begin.
And please join us on Facebook every day of the week expect for Sundays from August 12-28 to cheer on your favorite title and thereby influence the outcome of each match.