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Andrew Hall
Posted: Friday, January 04, 2008 12:35:36 AM

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Mormon Literature Year(s) in Review, 2006-2007

Since 1999 I have written an annual review of the trends within the world of Mormon prose literature, theater, and film. In 2006 I let the new year slip by without getting to the reviews (except film). I will try to make up for that with a review of both 2006 and 2007. I hope you enjoy it. I do not work in the industry, and I have read or seen only a limited number of these works, so my information is based on reviews and other discussion on the web, so take it for what it is worth. I divide my review into four parts: prose literature by Mormon-specific publishers, prose literature for national publishers, theatre, and film.

Part 1: Mormon-market Literature, 2006-2007

Number of literary books published by Mormon publishers, 2000-2007
(Posting these kind of charts never work for me online, I hope you can figure it out.)

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Covenant 15, 19, 25, 33, 39, 39, 25, 32
Cedar Fort 12, 15, 19, 23, 27, 25, 21, 24
Deseret 12, 9, 8, 13, 13, 13, 10, 18
Granite 3, 5, 7, 4, 14, 8, 8, 6
Spring Creek -, -, -, -, 8, 6, 3, 3
Zarahemla -, -, -, -, -, -, 2, 4
Mapletree -, -, -, 1, 3, 0, 0, 2
Signature 1, 2, 2, 4, 1, 1, 1, 1
Parables -, -, -, -, -, -, 3, 0
Other 7, 2, 5, 4, 15, 15, 3, 2
Total 50, 53, 67, 83, 119, 107, 76, 92

2006-2007 Mormon publishers’ best selling authors (my estimate)
1. Anita Stansfield: 6 romance novels (Dance series and Barrington series) (Covenant)
2. Chris Stewart: 2 last days novels (The Great and Terrible series) (Deseret Book)
3. Rachel Ann Nunes: 4 women’s novels (Deseret Book)
4. Nancy Anderson, Lael Littke and Carroll H. Morris: 2 women’s novels (Deseret Book)
5. Dean Hughes: 2 novels (Deseret Book)
(I am not including in this list Shadow Mountain works intended for the national market)

Not surprisingly, the Mormon fiction market has followed the national book market closely. LDS publishers produced cognates to Harry Potter, Left Behind, Tuesdays with Morrie, and The DaVinci Code. Women appear to dominate the buying market, with romances and stories about adult women dominating the best seller lists. Several notable literary novels also appeared in 2006 and 2007. A few came through the established Mormon presses, but a significant number came from two new independent publishing houses which opened for business in 2006.

The event with the greatest potential impact on the Mormon publishing world in the last two years was the acquisition by Church-owned Deseret Book of privately –owned Covenant Communications and its sister company, Seagull Books and Tapes. Covenant and Deseret Book were by far the two largest publishers in the industry, and not coincidently Seagull and Deseret Book were the two largest bookstores. This acquisition, paired with its previous acquisitions of Bookcraft and Excel, gives Deseret Book a virtual monopoly in the market. Deseret Book has promised to keep management of Covenant/Seagull separate from its own management structure, and signaled that the acquisition would not result in a contraction of the market. So far they appear to be true to their word. The number of books published by the Covenant has not declined due to the acquisition, nor has the number of Seagull bookstores changed significantly. Still, the domination of the market by a single ownership is cause for great concern.

The rate of literary book (novels, short story collections, poetry collections, and memoirs) publication in the market has gone through considerable change in recent years. In the first half of the decade the number of fiction titles published in the market rose dramatically, from 50 in 2000 to an all-time high of 119 in 2004. The number of new books then stalled, however, dropping slightly to 107 in 2005, and plummeting to 76 in 2006. The market appears to have gathered renewed strength, as there were 92 new fiction titles published in 2007, despite the Deseret/Covenant merger.

Deseret Book published 18 novels in 2007, a huge jump from 10 in 2006. Deseret publishes its fiction under the Deseret Book or Bookcraft imprints for books intended solely for a Mormon audience, and Shadow Mountain for those with some potential for national sales. It made for itself a reputation as the highest-status publisher in the industry, attracting a majority of the best-selling authors in the market.

Before 2005, the only Shadow Mountain books which had an impact on the national market were those written by previously established national authors such as Orson Scott Card and Anne Perry. This began to change in 2005, with the publication of Obert Skye’s Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo, a young adult novel with no LDS content, which was intended to follow in the wake of popularity of the Harry Potter books. This foot in the door was widened in 2006 and 2007 by the success of Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven series. Paperback rights for both series were picked up by national publishers. The second book in the Fablehaven series reached #8 on the New York Times Children’s Chapter Book bestseller list, a success never before seen by a Mormon publisher. This achievement was followed a few months later by the national success of Jason F. Wright’s sentimental novel The Wednesday Letters, which reached #6 on the New York Times bestseller list. The book remained on the list for the next several weeks.

Jason F. Wright’s The Wednesday Letters is a heart-warming tale of grown children finding letters from their deceased parents. Publisher’s Weekly writes, “It's a lovely story: heartening, wholesome, humorous, suspenseful and redemptive. It resonates with the true meaning of family and the life-healing power of forgiveness all wrapped up in a satisfying ending.” Not my cup of tea. The Leven Thumps books have received mediocre reviews for relatively clunky writing. Brandon Mull’s fantasy series Fablehaven, on the other hand, has been a favorite in my home. Orson Scott Card appears to have felt the same, as he declared the first volume 2006’s “Best Family Novel”. He wrote, “If you like to read books together as a family, here's the best choice this year It's the story of a brother and sister who discover that their grandparents are guardians of a preserve for mythical creatures, where some pretty terrible things can happen -- especially when the kids don't think they have to obey the rules of this place.” Several reviewers have called Mull’s plot mechanics “overfamiliar”. These same reviewers, however, note that the series is “rousing . . . rich in creatures, magic-working, hard-fought battles, plots within plots and chemistry among its main and supporting casts” (Kirkus). Mull and Shadow Mountain also began a new series in 2007, The Candy Shop War, aimed towards a slightly younger reader. Kirkus Review reports, “Mull trots his twist-laden plot forward to a well set-up climax . . . he dishes up a crowd-pleaser as delicious-if not so weird-as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Some Mormon readers have reported being put off by the sometimes rebellious and/or foolish actions of the young protagonists of Mull’s books.

Other Deseret Book authors whose recent works have received good to excellent reviews include Dean Hughes, Josi Kilpack, Kay Lynn Mangum, and the team of Nancy Anderson, Lael Littke and Carroll H. Morris.  

Dean Hughes is the most dependable author in Mormon literature, every year providing at least one excellently crafted tale of Mormons in the 20th century. In 2006 he produced Saboteur: A Novel of Love and War, about an American paratrooper dropped behind enemy lines in World War II. In 2007 he produced Before the Dawn, the story of a hardscrabble middle-aged woman called to lead a Ward Relief Society in a rural Utah town during the Great Depression. Hughes is indefatigable in his efforts to recreate the details and feel of his chosen period, and always provides a smooth, satisfying read.

Josi Kilpack has made a reputation for herself as a skilled “issue” author, crafting tales about contemporary Mormons facing social ills and issues within their communities, homes, and within themselves. 2006’s Unsung Lullaby was a gutsy work exploring infertility, illegitimacy, and challenges faced by those living on Indian reservations. 2007’s Sheep’s Clothing is a more tautly written book about an internet predator gaining influence over a teenage Mormon girl. Jeff Needle writes, “Her style in this book reminded me a lot of the suspense writing of Mary Higgins Clark which really worked well for Kilpack's story. The book is full of great morals and is educational as well as entertaining.”

Kay Lynn Magnum has become known as a chronicler of the teenage psyche. Her 2006 novel Love Like Lilly and 2007 novel When the Bough Breaks were complex and well developed tales. Jennie Hansen writes of the latter, “Mangum does a commendable job of getting inside her characters' hearts and minds at a depth few writers manage . . . I enjoyed the book immensely, though I found the sheer volume of poetry and the textbook explanations of various types of poetry overdone. This is one novel I highly recommend for teenagers and their parents.”

Nancy Anderson, Lael Littke and Carroll H. Morris have produced the first two volumes of a trilogy, The Company of Good Women. Deseret News reviewer Dennis Lythgoe wrote, “This is a delightful story of unexpected friendship blossoming for adult women. It's not the stereotyped LDS novel about resisting temptation. Each woman discovers that, along with the role of husbands and children in their lives, friendship with other women is not only a genuine need but a wonderful surprise. The writing style is witty and lighthearted.” Several readers have commented, however, that they found it difficult to become engaged with the novels.

Covenant published 32 novels in 2007, up from 25 in 2006, consistently the largest number of titles in the industry. There is some concern among authors at Covenant that under the current ownership they will be treated as second-tier authors, with their books always appearing in paperback in their initial run, without the marketing push given to Deseret Book publications. While the marketing implications remain to be seen, in terms of quality Covenant books have improved greatly in recent years. Toni Sorensen Brown and Gale Sears’s novels have been as high literary quality as any recent Mormon fiction. William Boyd Gardner, Jennie Hansen, Annette Lyon, H. B. Moore, Jeff Savage, and Robinson Wells have produced admirable genre novels, and David Farland, Rob Ficiur, K. L. Fogg and Patricia Wiles have produced compelling juvenile novels.

Toni Sorenson Brown’s 2006 novel Redemption Road may have been the most literarily accomplished novel to be published by Covenant. Jennie Hansen raved about the book, writing, “Lana is an unlikely heroine for an LDS novel. She is twice divorced, hasn't been inside a church for twenty years, and carries a lot of baggage from a lifetime of rebellion and an abusive marriage. Africa, especially the dirty slums of Nairobi, is not the typical setting for an LDS novel, either. Brown's style is deceptively simple. Her words are plain and direct, yet something deeper lurks beneath the surface of this seeming innocence — not unlike the crocodiles, lions, and parasites that lurk in the ponds and tall grasses of Kenya, waiting to pounce on unsuspecting prey.” Redemption Road was the first Covenant novel to win the AML Prize for Novel. The prize citation read, “Lana’s affection for the people she meets, especially the young orphan boy Jomo, entangle her in a world of illness, suffering, indifference, and death--a world that seems designed to make people question the existence of God. Yet it is this world that brings Lana to an understanding of her own relationship with God that, for her, would have been impossible to find anywhere else. Brown tells this story with a straightforward honesty that allows the reader to explore the contradictions that lie in the heart of gospel life--faith versus hopelessness, privilege versus poverty, cruelty versus love.”

Another Covenant author known for her literary chops is Gale Sears, who produced the second and third volumes of a series of novels set in the 1910s, Until the Dawn and Upon The Mountains. Jennie Hansen wrote, “Until the Dawn fits my definition of literary, but at the same time has the strong appeal of a genre novel. . . . Sears treats a number of social issues that were of paramount importance during the early twentieth century. These include women's rights, education, the plight of minorities, and the impact and divergent opinions concerning American isolationism. She also deals with those issues that affected turn-of-the-century Mormonism as the Church was forced to face: the disruption of families by the Manifesto, the impact of statehood, and the intrusion of the world into their isolated valley sanctuary in the mountains. Characters in this novel are multi-dimensional and are not always likable, but neither are they static. Their growth changes not only the characters, but also the reader’s reaction to them, making some characters more likable and some less. The author does an excellent job of making less likable characters better understood, bringing greater understanding of these people to her other characters and to her readers. Like William Faulkner, she has a knack for portraying minor characters in a way that gives them greater importance and prevents them from becoming stereotypes.”

Genres such as mystery, adventure, and romance have long been staples at Covenant. Recently a collection of Covenant authors have honed their skills so that their books rival those found in the national market. Jeffery Savage’s Dead on Arrival was the second in a non-LDS series built around a female detective, Shandra Covington. Jeff has frequently been singled out by his peers as a model of strong mystery writing. Author Julie Coultor Bellon wrote, “Jeffrey Savage is very skilled at writing clever mysteries . . . He leads his readers carefully down one path, then another, keeping them on the edge of their seats with this fast-paced suspense. I dare any reader to try and put it all together before it’s revealed, it’s that good. The story gave me chills, and at the same time I was so fascinated by the mystery and final reveal that it was almost impossible to put down once I’d started.”

Robinson Wells’ novels could be shelved in either the humor or adventure sections of a bookstore. 2006’s The Counterfeit won Wells raves for its strong characters and plot, as well as a sharp sense of humor. William Boyd Gardner received favorable notice for his 2007 international thriller The Operative for both its character development and nail-biting suspense. Traci Hunter Ambramson, Kerry Blair, and Betsy Brannon Green have also received strong reviews for their mysteries and adventures.

In historical fiction, H.B. Moore produced a four-volume series, Out of Jerusalem, based on the opening section of the Book of Mormon. She did a fine job of walking the tricky line of faithfulness to the scripture and creative storytelling. Her composition skills increased greatly over the course of the series, so that the fourth volume was one of the most exciting scripture-based novels I have ever read. Annette Lyon, meanwhile, has also gained a following for her mix of adventure and romance in a series of books about pioneer communities in the years soon after the Mormons’ arrival in Utah.

Covenant also published some excellent middle-grade and young adult fiction. The most impressive is Patricia Wiles’ four-part Kevin Kirk Chronicles, a humorous but also emotionally true story of a boy’s conversion, and the experiences and tragedies that accompany him on his way to young adulthood. The first two books of the series were awarded consecutive AML prizes in 2004 and 2005. The final two volumes kept up that level of excellence. Jeff Needle wrote, “There's lots to smile about here. But there's also a lot of sadness in this book. Once again, the author is not afraid to confront life head-on. . . Tragedy does come, and as it enters Kevin's life, we see the Lord working through those tragedies as he works through them to an ultimate triumph.”

Three Covenant juvenile series reached their second volume in 2007. Jeff Needle has raved about K. L. Fogg’s Serpent Tide, commenting, “This powerhouse of a novel . . . manages to introduce a wide variety of characters, and each is verbally painted to perfection . . . some of the characters are sufficiently nuanced that it isn’t always clear whose side they’re on . . . I’m really tremendously impressed. Fogg is an excellent writer, keeping the reader’s interest from one chapter to the next . . . [she] deserves to be read by LDS teens looking for a fantastic read.” Rob Ficiur’s Time Travelers in Church History series follows modern kids traveling back to Joseph Smith’s time. Needle wrote, “A perfectly marvelous little book for young Latter-day Saints . . . It’s exciting, entertaining, and above all, filled with the richness of the history of the LDS church. I’m so pleased to recommend it.” Finally veteran author David Farland released the second in his Ravenspell series, about a boy transformed into a mouse. I have not seen any reviews of this second volume, but I assume a fantasy author as accomplished as Farland has produced a quality work.

Cedar Fort is the one remaining independent publisher of significant size in the Mormon fiction market. The number of titles Cedar Fort publishes has remained at a high level, comparable to Covenant and Deseret Book, for the last several years. While they occasionally publish a remarkable work, overall the quality is much thinner than the two larger publishing houses. Two authors that stand out in recent years are Marilyn Brown and Harold K. Moon. Brown’s Serpent in Paradise was a bold psychological crime novel based on Richard Dutcher’s movie Brigham City. A finely crafted novel, perhaps never has a an author for the Mormon market dared to write as dark a work as this. Jeff Needle wrote, “At times wrenching, and always captivating, Brown shakes us out of our complacency and challenges us to look more deeply into our own spiritual commitment.” Harold K. Moon produced two remarkable literary works in the last two years, Ghost Coach and Horse Stone House. Of the latter, Richard Cracroft wrote, “In a nicely wrought style, tone, and setting which recall Jane Austin (the book could even be called Prayer and Prejudice) and (a lighter) Thomas Hardy, Harold K. Moon, a masterful storyteller, creates one of the best LDS conversion novels to date.”

Two other recent Cedar Fort novels which have garnered praise are Janet Kay Jensen’s Don’t You Marry the Mormon Boys, which portrays a contemporary polygamous community, and Roger Terry’s I Am Not Wolf, a novel of friendship and betrayal, set in Germany.

Spring Creek Books, Granite Publishing, and Mapletree Publishing are smaller publishers which produce only a few Mormon novels a year. Julie Coulter Bellon’s romantic thriller Time Will Tell (Spring Creek) and Jennifer Leigh Youngblood and Sandra Poole’s Stoney Creek, Alabama (Mapletree) were among the recent notable titles from those presses.

The most positive recent news in Mormon literature was the creation in 2006 of a pair of independent publishing houses which promise to deliver high-quality literary fiction to the marketplace. Both were started by authors frustrated with the conservative limitations of the established publishing houses. Chris Bigelow, the former editor of the literary journal Irreantum, says that his Zarahemla Books publishes “provocative, unconventional, yet ultimately faith-affirming stories that yield new insights into Mormon culture and humanity.” Elizabeth Bentley has staked out a similar position for her Parables Publishing.

Zarahemla has published four novels, a short story collection, and a memoir. The maiden publication was D. Michael Martindale’s novel Brother Brigham, published late in 2006. Its content probably made it the most difficult Mormon novel of recent years for mainstream LDS audiences to accept. Mahorni Stewart said it contained “very mature material, especially for an LDS novel. A good deal of sexual material, a scene of Satan worship, drug use, spiritual possession, polygamy– yeah, it’s not going to be on the top of Deseret Book or Covenant’s acquisition list. . . . However, that being said, in the novel there is always a reason for vices to be included– ironically, almost always a moral reason. Evil is never presented as good, and for every wrong decision a character makes, there are consequences– severe consequences. In many ways the novel is a morality tale. A warning against sin. Yet don’t expect some syrupy, cliched piece of propaganda here. It is skillfully written, creating a realistic, complex, difficult world where everything is not as it initially seems. It’s a page turner, the novel is a real heavy weight. Brother Brigham is a significant, thought provoking, faith affirming, intelligently written novel.” Reviews of Brother Brigham were generally positive, although several mentioned that the ending was jarring or unsatisfying.

Another novel from Zarahemla was Coke Newell’s On the Road to Heaven, autobiographical fiction about a young hippie who converts to Mormonism, falls in love, and goes on a mission. While that sounds like a conventional plot for a LDS novel, Newell includes a drug experiment which plays a role the conversion, Thoreau ascetics and Ram Dass Daoism, and writes in style which pays homage to Jack Kerouac. Publishers Weekly wrote that Newell “never criticizes his church’s teachings, and some miraculous episodes strain credulity. Still, memoir readers as well as Mormons looking for a somewhat edgy affirmation of their faith will appreciate the lusty, brawling but tenacious missionaries and the tender love story in this sprawling coming-of-age tale.” William Morris wrote, “Newell tells a good tale, but he also furthers Mormon discourse, beautifully illustrating how powerful and fragile this whole idea of finding God is.”

Todd Robert Peterson used Zarahemla to publish a rare item in Mormon literature, a short story collection, entitled Long After Dark. Reviews have been unanimously positive, emphasizing Peterson’s literary skill. Steven Carter wrote, “Petersen’s prose is achingly beautiful. I don’t doubt that he pored over every word. In some places its closer to poetry than prose. If you’re thinking about buying the book for the love of language only, you should do so. You will not be disappointed in the least.” William Morris wrote, “Petersen’s work shows an awareness of American literature of the past several decades. These stories are post-post-modern, post-ironic, post-political, post-911, post-Roth, post-Carver, post-Eggers, post-multicultural, post-realism. They are genuine, non-fussy, cinematic, finely-crafted — lyrical but not precious, tough but not battering, sparse but not abrupt. They do not break amazing ground in form or tone or anything, really. They are eminently readable, and yet they feel very current . . . what I love about these stories is that they don’t challenge the basic tenets of Mormonism and yet they challenge the capacity of individuals who have the Mormon worldview to cope with the messy realities of life as well as the capacity of individual who don’t have the Mormon worldview to understand Mormons and Mormonism.” The Salt Lake Weekly wrote, “(Peterson explores) the contemporary Mormon experience with an openness too few of his contemporaries risk. The characters’ woes range from the simple (a man who accidentally sees a friend’s wife naked) to the profound (a convert dealing with the father who never forgave him for changing religions), but Petersen examines them all with honest, compassionate and clear-eyed prose, allowing his characters to stumble and doubt as they attempt to reconcile their failings with their faith.”

Zarahemla also published the memoir Hooligan by Douglas Thayer. Thayer, a professor of English at BYU, was one of the founders of modern Mormon literature, and was its leading light in the 1970s and 1980s. After more than a decade without publishing any major literary works, it is wonderful to see Thayer produce in rapid succession the excellent 2003 novel The Conversion of Jeff Williams (an AML prize winner about a Utah Valley teenager) and this memoir of his own childhood. It is amazing that such an elderly man continues to make his career as finest chronicler of the Mormon childhood and youth in the culture. Thayer’s colleague at BYU, Richard Cracroft, wrote, “Thayer's delightful memoir about growing up Mormon in the Sixth Ward of Provo, Utah, in the 1930s and '40s will be, mark my oh-so-sagacious words, an LDS classic. Growing up in pre-industrial, impoverished, pre-Second World War simplicity, with fishing pole in one hand, a .22 in the other, and oodles of unsupervised free time on both hands, young Thayer became a keen-eyed observer of small-town Mormon life. But Hooligan is more than rich nostalgia about a bygone era (although it is that); it provides delicious insight into the mystery of growing up with its inevitable losses and gains; it is a front seat on the timeless journey of Innocence to Experience. Young Douglas, determined to add a "Perfect Boy" pin to his Eagle Scout badge, runs, again and again, into the ironic brick wall between the wannabe Ideal Boy and the Real Boy. The result is a book fraught with wise, comical, ironical observations about the human condition, a wonderful book which will be treasured only by those who have ever been young (and seeking perfection) and aren't anymore (as much). As I said, it's an instant classic that you'll find yourself reading aloud to others of your ilk.” Darlene Young wrote, “The biggest strength of the book is that although all of the reminiscences are firmly grounded in sensory details, I can still pick up the overarching feelings of what it’s like to be a child, new to the world and its philosophies. Thayer accurately and movingly conveys both the joys of childhood (swimming at night with water and moonlight sliding over your skin, sitting by the coal stove in winter) and it’s perplexities and loneliness. Especially moving to me is the aching of this small boy for a father who would take him hunting. Thayer’s genius is in never saying, ‘I was sad about that,’ but we feel it through his memories of watching the other boys go off with their fathers.”

At Parables Publishing, Arianne Cope’s debut novel The Coming of Elijah opened the publisher’s business with a literary bang. The novel is based on her family’s experience with the Indian Placement Program, and won the 2005 Marilyn Brown Unpublished Novel award. The award committee wrote, “The work has real gravity. It is bracingly unsparing in its attention to the sheer awfulness and sense of deep cultural and spiritual betrayal and despair in the life of a Navajo-Anglo working-class family here in happy Utah Valley through the last five decades, dealing with the larger problems that the story of such a family reveals for a church that has aspired to enlighten the lives of people of all ethnicities.” Trevor Holyoak commented, “This book is the most disturbing LDS fiction novel I have ever read. Arianne Cope is like the female version of Orson Scott Card - she presents us with LDS people that actually live the struggles of the real world, rather than the nearly perfect people in a black and white world that we encounter in many LDS novels. This will probably offend some readers, however it makes for a very thought provoking story . . . The book is not kind in its treatment of the Church's Indian Placement Program. It is also not kind in showing how un-Christlike members of the Church can be. But the book is not anti-Mormon - it is ultimately faithful to the gospel although it is brutally honest. It shows the struggles and weaknesses that many members have, from immorality to unkindness to questioning their testimony. Richard Dutcher once said, speaking about the LDS film industry, that we needed more movies with people who need Christ. This book is about people who need Christ.”

Elizabeth Bentley, the owner of Parables, published her own novel In A Dry Land. Like The Coming of Elijah, it is an unstinting portrayal of a dysfunctional LDS family, this one torn apart by a severally retarded member of the family. Jennie Hansen wrote, “Readers who enjoy Thomas Hardy’s tragic style won’t want to miss this one. Those who like intense realism, hard choices, and don’t mind a dose of injustice, should give this book a try. The main character is a complicated heroine, whom readers will admire, pity, find annoying, cheer for, and never quite forget.”

Three other well-reviewed literary novels published in 2006-2007 were Chris Bigelow’s Kindred Spirits (Zarahemla), Jessica Draper’s Hunting Gideon (Zarahemla) and Eugene Woodbury’s The Path of Dreams (Parables).

I am aware of two poetry collections put out by Mormon presses in the last two years. Javen Tanner’s Curses for Your Sake was published by the New York City-based Mormon Artisits group. Warren Hatch’s debut collection Mapping the Bones of the World was published by Signature Books. Signature put out only one other literary work in 2006-2007, David Kranes Making the Bones Dance, a well-reviewed novel, but by a non-Mormon author, and containing no LDS elements. For years Signature has been the primary outlet for quality literary LDS literature. Recently, however, the management has shown little interest in fiction, and they seem to be happy to give way to Zarahemla and Parables in this regard.

Coming next, Mormon authors publishing in the national market.

Andrew Hall
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Posted: Friday, January 04, 2008 11:16:55 PM

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Fabulous, Andrew. I remember these from years past and I have to say that the work you put into these has always been highly appreciated, at least by me.

For ease of reading, may I?

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