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  Hinckley's Book Hit's #34 On USA Today List
LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley's book "Standing for Something" debuted on USA Today's list of the best selling books in the U.S. at #34, and the publisher, Times Books, is reporting strong sales. Following strong advance demand for the book, Times Books printed 140,000 copies, and has since gone back to press twice, raising the total number of copies in print to 175,000 copies.

  Five Books Earn AML Awards for 1999
The Association of Mormon Letters recognized five works published by Mormon authors during 1999 as the best works of the year during its annual conference on Saturday. The Association seeks to recognize the best in Mormon literature and promote Mormon literature through its symposia, conferences, workshops, magazine "Irreantum" and through its other programs. The AML conference was held Saturday at Westminister College in Salt Lake.

  Osmonds to host Miss America contest
Donny and Marie Osmond will host the upcoming Miss America Pageant in October for the second year in a row, ABC television and the Miss America Organization announced on Tuesday. The pair will together fill the role previously held by a single male host.

 Gladys Knight Opens in Boston Following Grammy Nomination For 'Many Different Roads'
LDS popular music singer Gladys Knight, whose album "Many Different Roads" was nominated for a grammy recently, will open tomorrow in the Boston production of "Smokey Joe's Cafe," the musical review based on the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who wrote hits like "Hound Dog" (sang by Elvis Presley), "Jailhouse Rock" (Presley), "Charlie Brown" (the Coasters) and many others. Knight was recruited for the Broadway production of the show last year.

 Gladys Knight reigns in 'Smokey Joe's' at Wang
Gladys Knight provides much of the smoke in the touring production of "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at the Wang Theatre, despite battling a weeklong bout with pneumonia.

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