Archive for November, 2010

Talking About Mormon Lit

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

I’m a Mormon. And I like fiction, and literature in general. And I like talking with people who share my interests. It should hardly be surprising, then, that I like talking about Mormon literature — and Mormon perspectives on literature — with people who share my interests.

Back about 15 years ago, if my memory serves me, I got involved with the AML-List, an email discussion group sponsored by the Association for Mormon Letters. It’s probably not a coincidence that this was about the time I gave up on my PhD program in English: I’d seen the writing on the wall with respect to my becoming a literature professor, but still felt the need to engage in talking about storytelling from perspectives that felt important to me. Not to mention the fact that it was a darn good conversation back then, featuring a lot of bright and interesting people.

Since then, I’ve been involved in Mormon lit in a variety of ways. I put in a couple years’ stint as the moderator for AML-List. I’ve published some reviews. I’ve even written a Mormon-themed novel, based on an idea that was sparked by my involvement with AML-List. And now I’m at it again, volunteering to act as coordinator of the AML blog (which has now largely taken the place of AML-List). For this post, I want to talk about things I’ve read recently that help illustrate why it is that I think Mormon lit is such an interesting sandbox to play in.

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3 More LDS Reviews

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

So last Saturday (Nov. 20), I got email message from two Mormon bloggers telling me that their reviews of No Going Back had been posted. Then today, I happened on a third review at another website that I hadn’t seen before. Below are a few excerpts from these three reviews (plus links to the full reviews), followed by some philosophizing about the value of blog reviews like these for No Going Back.

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LDS Family Encyclopedia

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Fed Ex delivered a big box on the doorstep today. It was full of books — contributor copies of The Latter-day Saint Family Encyclopedia, published this month by Thunder Bay Press. I’m listed as coauthor — together with Chris Bigelow, a longtime friend from the Mormon literary community who also coincidentally happens to be the publisher of No Going Back. Or not so coincidentally, as it turns out…

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