Archive for April, 2010

Mixed News

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The last week or so has been kind of bittersweet from my perspective. The Whitney Awards were announced, and while I was very pleased to have been a finalist, I was unsurprised to discover that I didn’t win the award in my category. (The person who did win the award, Jamie Ford, is a very fine author whose book, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, is the one I thought probably would win, so I’m not complaining.)

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Choose the Write: Mormonism’s Impact on Me as a Writer

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Below is the text I had prepared for a panel at last summer’s Sunstone symposium on (you guessed it) Mormonism’s impact on me as a writer (slightly edited). Headings toward the bottom in bold below are taken in part from the panel description in the program. I no longer remember how much resemblance what I said bore to what’s written below, but I rather liked what I came up with to say, so…

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Going Back and Coming Out

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

A few days ago, I had occasion to talk to a long-time friend (non-LDS, gay, and a literature professor) about his reaction to No Going Back. What, he asked, was the significance of the title, in my opinion? Which led to possibly a longer answer than he had anticipated…

I suppose I should include a spoiler alert here. So, here goes. If you keep reading, you’ll find out about things that happen toward the end of the book. Selah.

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