Nelda Booras


Nelda Booras passed away August 13, 2014 in Oakland, California, at 96 years old. If you, like me, did not know until Karen Rosenbaum told you that she “was an accomplished and galleried artist,” now you do.

Sister Booras does not seem to have left much trace online (she was, after all, 76 when Netscape appeared on the scene), but here’s a little something:



If you knew Nelda Booras or were acquainted with her work, I would love to know more about.

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In Tents #44 He is Risen and Other Texts That Don’t Behave as Textual Critics Think They Do Part V

We could never know the source–not us–
Of those noises all, your third-grade teacher said,
That she had never heard before–and some
She’d never imagined possible.
–Marden J. Clark, “Some Couth”

Dennis was long out of third grade by the time his youngest brother was born, indeed was out of school that year with rheumatic fever, so he babysat a lot and had a lot of time to teach me all those joyous mouth sounds–to pass on his delight of odd noise, so that when I came across two delightful noises in American Literature: The Makers and the Making, I held them in my mouth.

One is Ezra Pound’s description in Canto LXXXIII of William Butler Yeats

downstairs composing
that had made a great Peeeeacock
in the proide ov his oiye
had made a great peeeeeeecock in the . . .

made a great peacock
in the proide of his oyyee

proide ov his oy-ee

I find myself repeating it as if I was a pirate’s parrot, “Proide ov his oyyee, proide ov his oy-ee.” Continue reading

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This Month in Mormon Literature, August 2014

The Void, Ryan Little’s third Saints and Soldiers movie, opens in Utah theaters to strong reviews. BYU professor Craig Harline’s missionary memoir has been published by Eerdmans Publishing, a respected publisher of Christian and religious books, and has gotten positive early notices. Kimberly Griffiths Little returns with another middle grade mystery/fantasy set in the Louisiana bayou. Rachel Ann Nunes was plagiarized by a pseudonyms author. I became aware of Hamilton Springs Press/Xchyler Publishing, a new house with several Mormons on the editorial board, which has been publishing genre fiction since October 2012. Please send news and corrections to mormonlit AT gmail DOT com.

News and blogs

Rachel Ann Nunes discovered another author, writing under the name “Sam Taylor Mullens”, plagiarized one of her novels, A Bid for Love. It is quite a strange story, with the author giving a series of conflicting explanations before deleting her or his Facebook account. The author also appears to have tried to attack Nunes’ other books through a series of sock puppet reviewers. David Farland started a GoFundMe account to help Nunes with attorney fees, and wrote about the situation here. Continue reading

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The Business Side of Writing: To Your Good Health

It’s been a rough news week, and I think the story that took it from frustrating to downright depressing was the death of Robin Williams by his own hand. Now the 24 news cycle is devoted to him, and I think that’s perfectly appropriate. He was an icon. I hope, however, that this also opens up more dialogue on mental health and suicide, the #10 killer in our nation. It seems fitting, then, to write a piece on looking after yourself as a writer, both mentally and physically. Here are 5 things to keep in mind as you pursue your writing dream:

1. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: Because doctors’ appointments are sometimes expensive, depending on your insurance situations, it may be tempting to avoid them. Don’t ever do that. The same is true for dental appointments. Always get routine checkups and stay on top of any health issues before they become life threatening. It is MUCH cheaper to pay for routine visits than it is to foot the bill for a catastrophe. A lot of health problems start small and can be caught early if you give your doctors the chance by going to see them regularly. Continue reading

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YA Corner: Great Teachers, Great Words

In rural Lemhi County, fifth and sixth graders were taught together in the same classroom by the same teacher, Mr. Harris. In 1973, there might have been around twenty-five total fifth and sixth graders. The grades were segregated to two sides of the classroom. The grades had their own appropriate assignments for basic subjects, but some interchange existed, to the good of all. For example, the read-aloud, always held after lunch and always looked forward to with eagerness, was of course shared by all students.

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In Tents #43 He is Risen and Other Texts That Don’t Behave as Textual Critics Think They Do Part IV

If you grew up mildly fascinated by the textual history of the Book of Mormon printed in the front of the 1920 edition (but not the 1981)

First English Edition published in

First issued, and divided into chapters and verses
with references

First issued in double-column pages, with
chapter headings, chronological data,
revised foot-note references,
pronouncing vocabulary,
and index, in 1920

you’re aware that Mormon didn’t divide the plates into chapters and verses. He apparently indicated major episode divisions, which correspond to the original chapter divisions in the first edition. Brother Pratt’s chapters are much shorter, and have less to do with the way Mormon conceived episodes than with the liturgical and ecclesiastical needs of the Church, and the desire to have the Book of Mormon formatted like the Bible.

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