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Michele Ashman Bell, popular LDS romance writer, has been the Meridian reviewer of Young Adult Fiction for over four years. Recently, she has published her first Young Adult novel, Summer in Paris.. I was interested to interview her about this, as YA fiction is becoming such a hot item in the LDS and national market. [...]

Almost 144 years after its original location opened, Deseret Book opened its new flagship store on March 25 across from Temple Square. The flagship store opened a few feet away from its original 1866 location run by George Q. Cannon and Sons. via Deseret Book opens flagship store in Salt Lake |

The Knights of the Dawn are in trouble. Betrayals and treachery have taken their toll. Vital artifacts have fallen into the hands of the Society of the Evening Star. Family members have been kidnapped. The demon prison Zzyzx is close to being opened, which will pretty much mean the end of the world as we [...]

Retired FBI agent James Wright weaves his Mormon faith into his new book about the cases in which he worked to bring criminals to justice. Both are important, he says. "My religion is my way of life," said Wright, who has written the autobiography "FBI: Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity." "The cases were important because I was [...]

"We are proud to be honoring Orson Scott Card during this year's Gala Dinner," said Sen. Gordon Smith, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the BYU Management Society Washington, D.C. Chapter. "His words and his example have reached millions of people, and his spirit of mentorship and service have much to offer our community," continued [...]

So if you had to choose, as an author, would you rather be a well-respected writer that everyone considered talented, or would you rather have wheelbarrows full of cash? via Six LDS Writers and A Frog: Money or Accolades?.

It's common Mormon lore that God's hand was in the founding of the United States of America. Prophets have talked about it over the pulpit numerous times, and it's in the Doctrine and Covenants. via MormonTimes – 'Seven Miracles That Saved America'.

Todd Robert Petersen isn't your traditional Utah Mormon. Raised in the progressive, punk-rock milieu of Portland and Seattle, he converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before graduating in 1987 from the University of Oregon in Eugene with a film degree. via Writing across Utah's cultural divide – Salt Lake Tribune.

The main characters in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga practice sexual abstinence, but Wheaton College theology professor Beth Felker Jones doesn't think Christians should celebrate the books as a model for chaste romance just yet. At first glance, it seems like there's a lot to like about the romance between Bella, an average teenage girl, and [...]

Science fiction and fantasy stories are popular among readers who are also members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as demonstrated by statistical evidence, a panel of writers and editors said Friday. The panelists expressed their opinions on why so many Mormon authors are writing in the genre, at the 28th annual [...]

Theric: No. And don’t make me. Let’s just wrap up with some recent events: The sequel to Rapunzel’s Revenge just came out. Calamity Jack. Please. Plug it. Shannon: Well, you know, it’s probably the single most important piece of art to be published in 2010, and I don’t think it’s going too far to say it [...]

Horror fiction is about as marginalized in the Mormon book market as science fiction is by many literature buffs — so far out in the margins it's practically off the page. via MormonTimes – Horror fiction has merit, but not for everyone.

Authors and artists alike found something to gain from the Timpanogos Midwinter Storytelling Conference. via BYU hosts storytelling conference |

BOUNTIFUL, Utah — MarDeane "Polly" Carver Jordan traveled the world with her husband, a U.S. military officer and diplomat, often interacting with heads of state, but she never lost touch with her small-town roots. via MormonTimes – LDS author Polly Jordan dies.

By now, I’m sure all of AMV’s readers have seen the announcement of this year’s finalists for the Whitney Awards. Congratulations to AMV’s Jonathan Langford for being selected as a finalist in the General Fiction category. He is also eligible for the best novel by a new author award. Full disclosure: I am not a [...]

This is the time, brothers and sisters, to make our voices heard. In the media today, as we would look at it from any vantage point, I think we'd have to say that Lucifer's influence has a far more dominant influence than the Lord's. We are in a war. This war is the same that [...]

A first novel for K.C. Grant, 39, has landed this Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints author success in just a few weeks since its release. "Abish: Daughter of God" (Covenant, $16.95) already has scored a ranking in the top six for books sold at Deseret Book and Grant said a few Deseret Book [...]

It's a thrill to read the stories in "Supersonic Saints." Is the film put out by Deseret Book a thrill? Not so much. via MormonTimes – Stick to the 'Supersonic Saints' book.

Joseph Smith was a terrible writer. via MormonTimes – Scribes recorded Prophets crooked, broken language.

In 1982, Eugene England surveyed the history and current landscape of Mormon literary production in a seminal article published in BYU Studies entitled “The Dawning of a Brighter Day: Mormon Literature after 150 Years.”  There England celebrated the flowering of Mormon “faithful realism”; the publication of Richard Cracroft and Neal Lambert’s anthology of Mormon literature [...]

Bouncing around on the trend-tossed seas of 21st-century book publishing, Mormon scholarship seems to have docked at the granddaddy of all prestigious presses: Oxford University. via LDS books: Oxford Press finds profits in prophets – Salt Lake Tribune.

Writing a story about a gay Mormon kid is a bit like painting a target on yourself and handing out AK-47 rifles. Or at least, that’s what friends told Jonathon Langford when he began writing “No Going Back,” a new novel telling the story of Paul Ficklin, a fictional 15-year-old member of the Church of [...]

Hallowed Ground Sacred Journeys offers three ways to experience this historic city. The hardcover book offers a thorough and highly informative tour of the city from its founding to today. The walking tour book offers three separate tours through the city, intuitively grouping together the sites so you get the most out of your time. [...]

Hallowed Ground, Sacred Journeys: Salt Lake City, Ensign to the Nations transports readers back to pioneer-era Salt Lake City, contrasting those bygone scenes with scenes of today. It highlights more than 40 sites in and around downtown Salt Lake City, including Capitol Hill, the Conference Center, the Salt Palace, and Temple Square. Hallowed Ground, Sacred [...]

I realized that I have a year to write whatever I want. Twelve months to use however I see fit. I might not write anything good. But on the other hand, I might write something amazing. Suddenly I had the feeling of, “Right here and now, anything is possible.” I have some great projects I [...]

What are some of the major developments in Mormon literature over the past 20 years? via The Last 20 Years in Mormon Lit: Major Developments | A Motley Vision.

Author Matthew B. Brown describes this subject as "rugged terrain." But in writing "Exploring the Connection Between Mormons and Masons," Brown attempts to navigate readers toward "greater clarity about the early history of the LDS Church and a stronger conviction of the reality of the Restoration." In doing so, Brown appeals to the historical record [...]

Morality is a mark of Mormon literature. via Benson Parkinson’s “Three Kinds of Appropriateness” | A Motley Vision.

A favorite among sci-fi readers and video gamers, the prolific Orson Scott Card has taken on a topic closer to real life than usual — and with more of a Christian tone. via MormonTimes

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