Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Book of Mormon: a Biography

One of my favorite books of Bible scholarship, and a terrific dip-your-toes-in-the-water first book for people interested in the subject is Karen Armstrong’s The Bible: A Biography.  It was part of a series called Books That Changed the World, and … Continue reading

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in verse # 21 : unblank verse

The imp of the perverse — a constant companion — suggested as a title for this installment “blankety-blank verse,” but as its topic is the Elizabethan sonnet, the title above presented itself as an amiable contrast to my last installment.  … Continue reading

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Literature and the Challenge of The Mormon People

Matthew Bowman’s The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith, published earlier this year by Random House, is possibly the best overview of Mormon history that I’ve read. Written for scholars and general readers alike, the book situates Mormonism … Continue reading

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In Tents # 20 Pilate before Jesus, Part 6

Today, Sept. 23, 2012, stake centers in Utah became extensions of the temple so people could participate in the dedication of the Brigham City temple. We attended the 9 AM session, the first of 3, conducted by L. Tom Perry, … Continue reading

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Four Centuries Contest Deadline Reminder

Reminder: the deadline for the “Four Centuries of Mormon Stories” contest is tonight at midnight. Email entries under 2,000 words (under 1,000 preferred) to A final, brief Q&A on the contest:

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Death of Richard Cracroft

Everyone in the world of Mormon letters will be saddened to hear of the death of Richard Cracroft yesterday, September 20, 2012. A giant has left us. For more details, see the Deseret News obituary.

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Vampires, Sacrifice, and Redemption

Note: there will be spoilers here. All the shows involved went off the air years ago, so if you haven’t watched them, that’s your own fault. From when I was a kid, my favorite TV show was Star Trek in … Continue reading

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The Divine Feminine, Mormon Style: Carol Lynn Pearson’s _Mother Wove the Morning_, Joanna Brooks, and Faithful Mormon Feminism

Feminist. It’s a divisive word among Mormons. When I’ve told people that I consider myself a Mormon feminist it gets a wide range of reactions, from pleasant surprise from my more secular friends and peers who have a firm idea … Continue reading

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Deadline: Marilyn Brown Novel Award (MBNA)

The deadline for submission postmarks is October 1st. The guidelines can be found on Marilyn Brown’s website ( or on the website for the UVU Department of English and Literature, but following are the basics:

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This Week in Mormon Literature, September 15, 2012

I am in Provo, the Mecca of Mormon lit, for a week visiting family. I am looking forward to seeing Persuasion at the Off-Broadway Theater, and buying books. Please send any additions or corrections to mormonlit AT gmail DOT com. … Continue reading

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