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AuthorCast

AuthorCast #39—Scott Hales, author of The Garden of Enid, Part Two February 13 2017


In this episode, we invited Scott Hales back to discuss The Garden of Enid: Adventures of a Weird Mormon Girl, Part Two.


About the book:

Fifteen-year-old Enid Gardner is a self-proclaimed “weird Mormon girl.” When she isn’t chatting with Joseph Smith or the Book of Abraham mummy, she’s searching for herself between the spaces of doubt and belief. Along the way, she must grapple with her Mormon faith as it adapts to the twenty-first century. She also must confront the painful mysteries at the heart of her strained relationship with her ailing mother.

This edition of The Garden of Enid: Adventures of a Weird Mormon Girl recasts the award-winning webcomic as a two-part graphic novel. With revised and previously unpublished comics, it features the familiar story that captivated thousands online, yet offers new glimpses into Enid’s year-long odyssey.

Part one set up the groundwork for Enid, but part two is where things in her life really get into motion. Enid's journey of self-discovery continues as she learns more about her mother's past and as she comes of age, learning more about her faith and relationships with others. The Garden of Enid, Part Two is sure to make you laugh, cry, and reflect.   

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AuthorCast #38—Conversation with Russell Stevenson, author of For the Cause of Righteousness: A Global History of Blacks and Mormonism, 1830–2013 January 30 2017

 

In this episode, we are joined by Russell Stevenson, author of For the Cause of Righteousness: A Global History of Blacks and Mormonism, 1830–2013, published in 2014 and the winner of the Best Book Award from the Mormon History Association in 2015. We discuss the the academic field of an Africanist as well as how For the Cause of Righteousness fits in with both Mormon history as well as the comparative black history genres; and what For the Cause of Righteousness adds to the scholarly discussion on race within Mormonism.

About the book:

This book broaches one of the most sensitive topics in the history of Mormonism: the story of the LDS community’s turbulent relationship with the black population. For the Cause of Righteousness: A Global History of Blacks and Mormonism, 1830-2013 promises to tell a story of how an American religious community could wander through the rocky landscape of American racial politics, all while hoping to hold onto its institutional integrity in the face of attacks from both within and without. Drawing on a rich array of archival documents and oral testimonies, For the Cause of Righteousness suggests that understanding race and Mormonism requires far more than watching the movements of well-dressed men on North Temple; it calls for understanding the dynamics of global Mormon communities ranging from Mowbray to Accra, from Berkeley to Rio Di Janeiro.

But as any historian will say, primary sources matter. Thus, For the Cause of Righteousness offers up not only a narrative history of the global black Mormon community but also an anthology of primary source transcripts: letters, newspaper articles, and speech transcripts, all in hopes that readers might take one more step toward understanding a story that simultaneously inspires, troubles, and urges Latter-day Saints into understanding a provincial religion that has reached global proportions.

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AuthorCast #37: This Month in Mormon Studies January 18 2017

 

Join co-hosts Brian Whitney (Greg Kofford Books) and Brandt Malone (Mormon News Report) in this lively look at the latest happenings in the field of Mormon studies, including news, blogs, new book releases, and events from the past month!


 

In the News

Sunday School Supplement on Mormon Women Project

JSP “Firsthand Accounts of the First Vision” video

Ordain Women “Where We Stand” documentary

“Understanding Church History by Study and by Faith” in Ensign

Passing of B. Carmon Hardy

 

On the Blogs

Previewing 2017: Looking Ahead to Forthcoming Books in Mormon History” by Ben Park

Year in Review ... 1975, That Is” by Tona H

A Note of Discord? The Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Trump's Inauguration” by Joseph Stuart

“What is 'Early' Mormon History?” by Christopher

George Q. Cannon Journals” by Richard Dilworth Rust

Scripture and Historical Context: A Contemporary Example” by Nathaniel Givens

Look Back at 2016 With the Tarefic Wheaties Awards”

 

Podcasts

Maxwell Institute Podcast: Standing Apart, or Reconsidering the 'Great Apostasy,'” featuring Miranda Wilcox and John Young

Year of Polygamy: Married to Warren Jeffs”

LDS Perspectives Podcast: Curriculum and Correlation with David B. Marsh”

 

Recent Book Releases 

Joseph Smith Papers, Joseph Smith's Revelations: A Doctrine and Covenants Study Companion from the Joseph Smith Papers e-book (Church Historian's Press)

Janiece Johnson and Jenny Reeder, The Witness of Women: Firsthand Experiences and Testimonies from the Restoration (Deseret Book Company)

 

Book Reviews by Brandt

Holly Welker, ed., Baring Witness: 36 Mormon Women Talk Candidly about Love, Sex, and Marriage

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women's Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835–1870 (Knopf)

 

Recent and Upcoming Events

Utah Valley Historical Society explores impact of the former RLDS Church in Utah

"Enamored but Ambivalent: Mormonism and 20th Century New Media" lecture at University of Utah

 

Call for Papers/Applications 

Marlin K Jensen Mormon Studies and Artist in Residence Program at University of Utah

2018 Church History Symposium

 

 

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AuthorCast #36—This Month in Mormon Studies, November 2016 December 20 2016

 

Join co-hosts Brian Whitney (Greg Kofford Books) and Brandt Malone (Mormon News Report) in this lively look at the latest happenings in the field of Mormon studies, including news, blogs, new book releases, and events from the month of November!

Special guest: Stephanie Lauritzen from Signature Books.


 

In the News

Maxwell Institute film

Passing of Edward Kimball

By Common Consent tribute

Maxwell Institute Visiting Fellows

D. Todd Christofferson invocation on Senate floor

 Salt Lake Tribune coverage

Retirement of "To Young Men Only" pamphlet

Revelations in Context Sunday School supplement

Gospel Topics Essays added to Sunday School lesson manual

On the Blogs

Ben Park, "2016 in Retrospect"

Christian Anderson, "Heavenly Parents at Conference"

Jessica Finnegan, Kari Waters, and Nancy Ross, "What are Mormon feminists trying to do?"

Nancy Ross review of One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly

Fair Mormon interviews:

Braving Isaiah with Joseph M. Spencer

Translating with Seer Stones with Michael Hubbard McKay

The Book of Mormon: A Closer Look with Brant Gardner

Emma Smith "An Elect Lady" with Matthew J. Grow

Steve Evans Book Review Roundup

Ashley Mae Hoiland "For many years my voice shook"

Johnathan Stapley, "Tools for teachers 2017"

Recent Book Releases 

Donald Faber, James Jesse Strang: The Rise and Fall of Michigan's Mormon King (University of Michigan Press)

Scott Hales, The Garden of Enid: Adventures of a Weird Mormon Girl, Part One (Greg Kofford Books)

Richard S. Van Wagoner, Natural Born Seer: Joseph Smith, American Prophet: 1805–1830 (Smith-Pettit Foundation)

Recent and Upcoming Events

"Intellectual Life of Mormonism" final panel at University of Utah

Call for Papers 

2017 Mormon Theology Seminar

2017 Mormon Scholars in the Humanities

 

 

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AuthorCast #35—Conversation with Scott Hales, creator of The Garden of Enid December 13 2016

 

In this episode, we chat with Scott Hales, author and illustrator of The Garden of Enid: Adventures of a Weird Mormon Girl.

About the book:

Fifteen-year-old Enid Gardner is a self-proclaimed “weird Mormon girl.” When she isn’t chatting with Joseph Smith or the Book of Abraham mummy, she’s searching for herself between the spaces of doubt and belief. Along the way, she must grapple with her Mormon faith as it adapts to the twenty-first century. She also must confront the painful mysteries at the heart of her strained relationship with her ailing mother.

This edition of The Garden of Enid: Adventures of a Weird Mormon Girl recasts the award-winning webcomic as a two-part graphic novel. With revised and previously unpublished comics, it features the familiar story that captivated thousands online, yet offers new glimpses into Enid’s year-long odyssey.

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AuthorCast #34 — This Month in Mormon Studies, September 2016 November 11 2016

 

Join co-hosts Brian Whitney (Greg Kofford Books) and Brandt Malone (Mormon News Report) in this lively look at the latest happenings in the field of Mormon studies, including news, blogs, new book releases, and events!

Music by Starflyer 59 from their record SLOW.


 

In the News

Postdoctoral fellow and lecturer position at The University of Virginia

Maxwell Institute Executive Committee and Advisory Board

 

On the Blogs

The Beleagured Progress of LDS Women

SMPT Annual Meeting notes here, here, and here

The Sacrament: a (somewhat speculative) liturgical genealogy

Michael MacKay on changing views that seemed set in stone

On the Dating of Moroni 8-9

If Not 1890, What Year Did Mormonism Change the Most?

The JST at the JSP

 

Recent Book Releases 

Foundations of the Restoration: 45th Annual Brigham Young University Sidney B. Sperry Symposium, edited by Craig James Ostler

Joseph M. Spencer, The Vision of All: Twenty-five Lectures on Isaiah in Nephi's Record

Richard S. Van Wagoner, Natural Born Seer: Joseph Smith, American Prophet, 1805-1830

At Sword's Point, Part 2: A Documentary History of the Utah War, 1858-1859, edited by William P. MacKinnon

 

Recent and Upcoming Events

The Intellectual Life of Mormonism, Lecture 3

David F. Holland lecture at Maxwell Institute (video)

Roundtable Discussion for The Vision of All (video)

Sunstone Northwest 2016

 

Call for Papers

Mormon Scholars in the Humanities 2017 conference

Mormon Theology Seminar 2017

 

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AuthorCast #33 — Conversation with Joseph M. Spencer, author of The Vision of All: Twenty-five Lectures on Isaiah in Nephi's Record October 27 2016

 

 

In this episode, we bring Joseph M. Spencer back for a conversation about his newest book, The Vision of All: Twenty-five Lectures on Isaiah in Nephi's Record, part of the Contemporary Studies in Scripture series published by Greg Kofford Books.

 

About the book:

In The Vision of All, Joseph Spencer draws on the best of biblical and Latter-day Saint scholarship to make sense of the so-called “Isaiah chapters” in the first two books of the Book of Mormon. Arguing that Isaiah lies at the very heart of Nephi’s project, Spencer insists on demystifying the writings of Isaiah while nonetheless refusing to pretend that Isaiah is in any way easy to grasp. Presented as a series of down-to-earth lectures, The Vision of All outlines a comprehensive answer to the question of why Nephi was interested in Isaiah in the first place. Along the way, the book presents both a general approach to reading Isaiah in the Book of Mormon and a set of specific tactics for making sense of Isaiah's writings. For anyone interested in understanding what Isaiah is doing in the Book of Mormon, this is the place to start.

Preview the volume here.

Join us on Thursday, October 27th for a special author round table event at Writ & Vision in Provo, UT with Joseph Spencer, Adam Miller, Sharon Harris, and Nicholas Frederick. The discussion starts at 7:00 pm and is free to the public. For those who aren't able to make it in person, Greg Kofford Books will be livestreaming the discussion on our Facebook page.

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AuthorCast #32 — This Month in Mormon Studies, September 2016 October 13 2016

 

Join co-hosts Brian Whitney (Greg Kofford Books) and Brandt Malone (Mormon News Report) in this lively look at the latest happenings in the field of Mormon studies, including news, blogs, new book releases, and events!

Music by Starflyer 59 from their record SLOW.


 

In the News

Deseret News: Panel discusses the intellectual Mormon legacy of Nibley, Bennion, McMurrin and Arrington

Deseret News: Top 10 Treasures in the Church History Library

Daily Herald: Mountain Meadows Massacre's John D. Lee trial records now online

On the Blogs

“Dialogue, and Me, at 50

Flunking Sainthood: Why I still need ‘Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought’

Not Even Close: Faculty Gender Balance at the BYUs.”

Gender & Employment at BYUs

The Changing Forms of the Latter-day Saint Sacrament

Notes from the Council of Fifty Minutes Launch Event.”

The Mormon Council of Fifty: What Joseph Smith’s Secret Records Reveal

Joseph Smith Papers Council of Fifty minutes offers view of LDS Church in Nauvoo

Scholarly Inquiry: Nicholas Frederick

LDS Perspectives Podcast.

Assessing the Joseph Smith Papyri: An Introduction to the Historiography of their Acquisitions, Translations, and Interpretations.”

The CES Podcast (for the rest of us)

An Orthodox Theology of Heavenly Mother… and a Caveat.”

Recent Book Releases

The Joseph Smith Papers: Administrative Records, Council of Fifty. Church Historian’s Press.

Out of Obscurity: Mormonism since 1945, edited by Patrick Mason and John Turner. Oxford.

Mormonism and the Making of a British Zion by Matthew L. Rasmussen. U of U Press.

Joseph Smith's Seer Stones, Michael Hubbard MacKay & Nicholas J. Frederick. BYU RSC Press.

Thirteenth Apostle: The Diaries of Amasa M. Lyman, 1832-1877, Scott H. Partridge (Editor). Signature.

The Trek East: Mormonism Meets Japan, 1901-1968 by Shinji Takagi. Greg Kofford Books.

Upcoming Conferences and Events

Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology annual meeting

Call for Applicants: Neal A. Maxwell Institute Summer Seminar

Also mentioned in Times & Seasons

The Intellectual Life of Mormonism Fall Panel Discussion Series

 

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AuthorCast #31 — Interview with Julie M. Smith, editor of As Iron Sharpens Iron August 12 2016

 

 

In this episode, we bring back Julie M. Smith to discuss her latest release, As Iron Sharpens Iron: Listening to the Various Voices of Scripture, available now!

In this unique volume, fictionalized dialogues between the various voices of scripture illustrate how differences and disagreements are not flaws of the texts but are rather essential features of the canon. These creative dialogues include Abraham and Job debating the utility of suffering and our submission to God, Alma and Abinidi disagreeing on the place of justice in the Atonement, and the authors Mark and Luke discussing the role of women in Jesus’s ministry. It is by examining and embracing the different perspectives within the canon that readers are able to discover just how rich and invigorating the scriptures can be.

A model for a new, Jewish-informed way of reading scriptures with rich potential for Latter-day Saint audiences. One that embraces complexity rather than fleeing from it; an approach that values nuance and richness over simplicity and closure. Highly recommended.” — Fiona Givens, co-author of The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections On the Quest for Faith and The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life

Preview the volume here.

Read a Q&A with Julie M. Smith. 

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AuthorCast #30 — This Month in Mormon Studies, July 2016 August 05 2016

 

Join co-hosts Brian Whitney (Greg Kofford Books) and Brandt Malone (Mormon News Report) in this lively look at the latest happenings in the field of Mormon studies, including news, blogs, new book releases, and events! Our special guest this month is Brittany Mangleson from Project Zion Podcast.

Music by Starflyer 59 from their record SLOW.


 

In the News

Radio West interview with Greg Prince

BYU Mormon Studies conversation group

Passing of Linda Hunter Adams

Internship with Church Historic Sites

On the Blogs

Jana Reiss, "Can Mormon women be witness to priesthood ordinances?"

Margaret Blair Young, "Race and Mormonism–2016 Edition (the less coy version)"

Aaron Brown, "Does the LDS Church Believe the Priesthood Ban was of Divine Origin or Not?"

Ardis Parshall, "A Stealthy Return to Bad Practices of the Past"

David G., "Heavenly Ledgers and Ghostly Specters: Two Recent Articles"

Blair Hodges, "For the church in Russia, sustaining doesn't mean agreeing"

Emily Grover, "Sister Wives of the Traveling Pants: Confronting My Polygamous Ancestry"

Joseph Stuart, "Death and the Historian's Empathy"

Recent Book Releases

Michael Austin and Ardis E. Parshall, eds., Boadicea; The Mormon Wife: Life-Scenes in Utah

Julie M. Smith, ed., Apocalypse: Reading Revelation 21-22

Stephen L. Prince, Hosea Stout: Lawman, Legislator, Mormon Defender

Scholarly Journals

Journal of Mormon History, Vol 42, No. 3 (July 2016)

Recent and Upcoming Events

Richard Bushman Colloquium now available online

2016 Science & Mormonism Symposium videos

2016 Sunstone SLC Summer Symposium

Latter-day Seekers

Daniel Stone's forthcoming biography William Bickerton

Wheatley Summer Seminar

BYU New Testament Commentary Conference

Upcoming Events and Call for Papers

2016 FairMormon Conference

2017 Mormon History Association Conference, call for papers

2016 Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology Seminar

2016 John Whitmer Historical Association Conference
 

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AuthorCast #29 — Writing Ourselves live event at Writ & Vision July 15 2016

 
 
In this episode, we join a live event for Jack Harrell’s release of Writing Ourselves: Essays on Creativity, Craft, and Mormonism that took place at Writ & Vision rare books and fine art in Provo, UT on June 28th.

 

 

For our next live event, we will be trying something new: Facebook Live. Join us on Thursday, July 21st as Julie M. Smith, Joseph M. Spencer, and Benjamin Peters discuss Julie's two new releases: Apocalypse: Reading Revelation 21-22 and As Iron Sharpens Iron: Listening to the Various Voices of Scripture. This event is co-sponsored by Greg Kofford Books and Neal A. Maxwell Institute. It is free to the public and will begin at 7 p.m.

Click here for more details and watch our Facebook Page around 7 p.m. on July 21st for a live feed.

 

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AuthorCast #28 - This Month in Mormon Studies, June 2016 June 28 2016

 

Join co-hosts Brian Whitney (Greg Kofford Books) and Brandt Malone (Mormon News Report) along with guest Stephen Smoot (Book of Mormon Central) in this lively look at the latest happenings in the field of Mormon studies, including news, blogs, new book releases, and events!

“It's like Car Talk for Mormon studies!” - Someone online somewhere, probably

Subscribe to the Mormon News Report.

Check out Book of Mormon Central

See Stephen Smoot's segment on the Conan O'Brien Show


In the News

Sherman Fleek received the Secretary of Army Award for Valor

Check out Sherman L. Fleek's book, Saints of Valor

James Talmage's diaries digitized

On the Blogs

Brother Guy Consolmagno's keynote at 2016 Science & Mormonism Symposium

Was Joseph Smith Ever Convicted of a Crime? by John Dinger

A rare contradiction in terms: Mormonism Racism and the Utah Jazz by Christopher

“Early Mormons and Mass Poisoning" by Christopher Smith

Digitizania! by Tod R.

“On doing Mormon theology as a non-Mormon” by Bridget Jack Jeffries

“A Reaction to the New Leonard Arrington Book” by Julie Smith

“Reassassing Robert Flanders’s NAUVOO: KINGDOM ON THE MISSISSIPPI, Fifty Years Later” by Ben P.

“Free Book, or What I learned at MHA” by Meg Stout

 “The Ammonites Were Not Pacifists” by Duane Boyce

“Mormon founder turned over priesthood keys to women, says Deseret Book author” by Jana Reiss

Check out Fiona Given's article, “The Perfect Union of Man and Woman” in Dialogue.

Latest Book Releases

Reid L. Neilson and Mark Mellville, eds., A Historian in Zion: The Autobiography of Andrew Jenson, Assistant Church Historian

Jack Harrell, Writing Ourselves: Essays on Creativity, Craft, and Mormonism

Thomas F. Rogers, Let Your Hearts and Minds Expand: Reflections on Faith, Reason, Charity, and Beauty

Read Stephen Smoot's full review

Martha Bradley Evans, Glorious in Persecution: Joseph Smith, American Prophet, 1839-1844 (Also mentioned in previous episode)

Recent and Upcoming Events

MHA 2016 session highlights:

Race discussion panel

Sexual violence in Missouri panel

Council of Fifty Minutes panel

Josephine Lyon DNA panel

MHA 2016 Awards:

Leonard J. Arrington Award given to Michael Quinn

Best Book

Paul Reeve, Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness (University of Utah Press)

Honorable Mention: Thomas Carter, Building Zion: The Material World of Mormon Settlement (University of Minnesota Press)

Best Biography

Ronald Romig, Eighth Witness: The Biography of John Whitmer (John Whitmer Books).

Honorable Mention: Michael Hicks, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography (University of Illinois Press)

Best Documentary Editing

Royal Skousen and Robin Scott Jensen, eds. Revelations and Translations, Volume 3: Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon (Church Historian’s Press)

Best First Book

David Hall, A Faded Legacy: Amy Brown Lyman and Mormon Women’s Activism, 1872-1959 (University of Utah Press)

For a complete list of Awards, click here.

2016 Mormon Theology Seminar Conference

Richard Bushman Colloquium

Check out J Stuart's write-up in Juvenile Instructor

Greg Prince’s author event at Benchmark Books now on YouTube

Looking ahead:

Julie Smith at Writ & Vision July 21st for two forthcoming releases: Apocalypse: Reading Revelation 21–22 and As Iron Sharpens Iron: Listening to the Various Voices of Scripture.

2016 Sunstone Summer Symposium July 27-30 at the University of Utah.

 

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