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.


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.


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…