Washington • The author of a new book on muckraker Jack Anderson says Utah billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr. was a secret source for the journalist in uncovering corruption during the Watergate controversy — an allegation denied by Huntsman. via Author: Jon Huntsman Sr. was Watergate source | The Salt Lake Tribune.

That might be the best way to describe a new collection of stories entitled, “A Sense of Order and Other Stories,” by Jack Harrell, a faculty member of the English department at Brigham Young University-Idaho. via Local author taps into the Mormon experience – Rexburg Standard Journal: Upper Valley Religion.

A couple of weeks ago Jonathan Langford posted his vision of an online Mormon Lit bookstore—something I’m also quite interested in. I very much believe in that vision, and if I had the resources and connections necessary, I’d start the bookstore he describes as soon as possible. I think such a bookstore could be successful, [...]

It all started when Chris Heimerdinger was serving as a full-time missionary in the 1980s. He had a dream about kids traveling back in time to meet their heroes in the Book of Mormon. via 'Tennis Shoes' adventure series continues | Mormon Times.

John Yves Bizimana may have been one of thousands who graduated from BYU this year, but his story of survival through genocide in Rwanda, through refugee camps and orphanages in Zaire and Zimbabwe, adoption to Belgium, and finally fulfilling his dream of going to the U.S., is unquestionably unique. via Cricket & Seagull: 'Escape From [...]

Sci-fi novelist and Mormon activist Card garnered significant acclaim with his 1985 novel "Ender's Game." Based on his own short story, Card's book tells of a world in which humans face a serious threat from an alien race known as the Formics and begin training elite military units in response. Against this backdrop comes Andrew [...]

New writers seem to ask this same question more than any other. What can I expect? So today, I thought I’d share three negative emotions you WILL experience and how to deal with them. Next week I’ll share four positive emotions. via Six LDS Writers and A Frog: Three (Bad) Emotions You Will Experience as [...]

Utah's writing community is turning heads, and on Aug. 21, Writing for Charity event organizer Kristyn Crow invites aspiring authors to attend an all-day workshop where they will have the chance to get their work critiqued by successful Utah names in children and young adult literature. via Utah authors can get work critiqued at writers [...]

"There is no 'one way' to keep a record," she said. "(There is) a lot more to remembering than passive recall — 'remember when we did this, remember when we did that…'" via Early Mormon women set examples of record-keeping | Mormon Times.

During a long a distinguished career, Arrington was professor of economics at USU, church historian for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and director of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History at BYU. He was the author of numerous books and articles. via USU Statesman – 16th Annual Arrington Lecture Looks [...]

“Everyone, no matter the age, would benefit to learn how to follow President Monson’s example to minister to the one,” he said. “His lifetime of service is remarkable. President Monson was called as a bishop at age 22 … supervising other leaders who were older than he was at the time. It’s interesting for each [...]

"The Atonement of Jesus Christ is not only for your last breath and the last day of your life, but it is also for every day of your life, every breath of your life," Vandagriff writes in the book's introduction. via 'I Need Thee Every Hour' teaches application of Atonement | Mormon Times.

The short answer is that we’re looking for good writing, and I know it’s a really vague answer. via The BYU MFA: An interview with Stephen B Tuttle of the new creative-writing program | A Motley Vision.

We call upon you in the arts, you my precious brothers and sisters, to expand your vision of what can be done. If we're going to fill the world with goodness and truth then we must have artists who are worthy to receive inspiration so they can bless the lives of our Heavenly Father and [...]

If you’ve been writing for long, you’ve probably had someone ask you to look at their work. 90% of the time, they aren’t actually looking for constructive criticism. They are convinced they are amazing writers and just want you to confirm it. It’s kind of funny because writers who have published are secretly sure that [...]

Some called him a Guardian Angel, others (mostly those who'd looked down the barrel of his gun) called him The Angel of Death. He was blessed by the Prophet that he'd never be killed by bullet or blade, and as a token of that promise he was instructed never to cut his hair. Word of [...]

During the past decade, Terryl L. Givens, who holds the James A. Bostwick Chair in English at the University of Richmond in Virginia, has become one of the most prominent and prolific authors in Mormon intellectual circles. Armed with a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina, he teaches courses on romanticism, [...]

To you, why does theatre matter? This should be Theatre with a capital “T”, meaning all theatrical endeavors from movies to pageants. Artistic endeavors civilize us, teach us, and give us formulas and thoughts to live by. I’d like to quote Brigham Young who said, “Upon the stage of a theater can be represented in character, [...]

In a Mormon book market dominated by two Church owned publishers and two Church owned bookstores, all which have considerable resources at their disposal, independent publishers live a precarious existence. via Andrew Hall reports on the struggles of independent LDS publishers | A Motley Vision.

Callie also supports Beck. “The things he says and the things he does are really inspiring. He actually stands up for something that he knows is true. He’s basically trying to bring America back into what’s right, to get back to what the country was founded on.” via Glenn Beck signs his book for crowds [...]

Historically, illustrations help convey the scriptural stories found in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Artists’ creations vary in concept and content. From the familiar compositions of Arnold Friberg (1913–2010), who passed away 1 July 2010, that define Book of Mormon characters in oversized, muscular terms, to the gentle, even romantic impressions [...]

David Archuleta's favorite day is Sunday. He can relax and listen to some music. He says it's a perfect time to listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. And for Archuleta, being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a plus. "My life is in the Lord's hands," he says. "Even [...]

America between the two World Wars was a time of unique aviation expansion. Few people realize, however, the part private aviation and women played in this expansion. via 'STAGGERWING' honors women's contributions to aviation | MormonTimes.com.

Author Greg Park insists hes not writing Mormon fiction.His five-book Earthsoul Prophecies series is "fantasy, first and foremost."That doesnt mean, though, that his testimony of and membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints arent influencing the story and the character development in his books. via LDS science fiction writer draws on beliefs [...]

At age 51, Kim Rives has the look of a poised public speaker and entertainer: long dark hair, kind brown eyes, confidence as she cradles her guitar. Yet it's her story, not just her polish, that captivates audiences throughout Utah and the West who invite Rives for seminars and to talk about her book, My [...]

A leading woman of Mormon letters will be memorialized, fittingly, at a place of books. via Memorial to honor late Mormon author Sillitoe – Salt Lake Tribune.

Hallowed Ground Sacred Journeys is a multimedia platform featuring Religious Educators from BYU. It consists of a website, virtualtours.byu.edu, a hardcover book, “Salt Lake City, Ensign to the Nations,” a Salt Lake City church history tour guide and a DVD-ROM that includes the virtual tours also found on the website. The educators teach about various [...]

“It is important for a writer to be cognizant of the marginilization of literature by more technologically sophisticated and more visceral narrative forms. You can work in these forms or use them or write about them or through them, but I don’t think it’s a very good idea to go on writing in a vacuum. [...]

In his new book The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform Resistance in the American University, Louis Menand discusses the concept of interdisciplinarity and the anxiety it arouses among academics. At one point he approaches this anxiety through a look at the anxiety that arose among artists in the 1960s, whose approach to creating art as well [...]

I know there were doubters that Shandra would ever be back. Those of you who thought you'd never find out what happened to Bobby. Well here's actual proof that I did not abandon my Shandra readers. via Six LDS Writers and A Frog: Shandra is Back.

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