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  Mormon History Association Awards Announced
The Mormon History Association announced the annual MHA awards at its recent conference, held this year in Copenhagen, Denmark. The awards represent the best work in the study of Mormon History in the past year.

  2000 PEARL Awards Winners
Jenny Oaks Baker and Hilary Weeks walked away with three PEARL statuettes each in the 2000 PEARL Awards held at the McKay Events Center at UVSC in Orem on Thursday evening.

  LDS Impresario's Shakespearean Vision Honored
The 2000 Tony Awards have validated the vision of LDS Church member Fred C. Adams, the founder and executive producer of the Utah Shakespearean Festival. The Festival was given the Tony Award for the Best Regional Theatre in June, drawing the attention of the theatre world to Cedar City, Utah, including a rather lengthy article recently in the New York Times.

  'Between Husband and Wife' Makes National News
Covenant Communications reports that its book "Between Husband and Wife: Gospel Perspectives on Marital Intimacy" is flying off the shelves, and even breifly beat out LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley's book "Standing for Something," at Church-owned Deseret Book stores. Covenant has had to go back to press twice, and has a total of 46,000 copies in print, just four months after the book was introduced.

  Edmonton Girl Becoming a Star
Maren Ord is quickly becoming a musical star. At 19, she's already played at Canada's Lilith's Fair (a musical concert with all-female performers), and is currently working on a debut album.

  Pillar of Fire Brings Book of Mormon to Life
David Woolley has written what everyone has been waiting for, an epic series based on The Book of Mormon, says Robby Nichols, vice president of marketing for Covenant Communications, Inc. Already, we have bookstores asking when the second novel is coming, and the first has yet to be released to the general public.

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"City of Joseph" Pageant Starts in Nauvoo
NAUVOO, ILLINOIS -- The LDS Church's second largest pageant, after the Hill Cumorah Pageant in New York, starts this coming Friday and Saturday, before running next week from Tuesday through Saturday. But this year's show is a bit smaller than in previous years. "We felt we had overstepped our maximum," said the show's producer, Chris Frogley. The number of performers used in the show is down to 453 from 600 but the number of props have increased.

But the popularity of participating has never been higher, "We've never had as many requests for participation as we've had this year," said Frogley. More than 2,000 people applied to be part of the show.

'City of Joseph' ready to roll in Nauvoo
Deseret News 28Jul00 A1
By Stephen A. Martin: Deseret News correspondent
LDS pageant cuts back on cast and crew, boosts props


Daniel Steel's Latest Novel Includes Mormon Character
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- Blockbuster author Daniel Steel wrote a Mormon character into her most recent novel, "The House on Hope Street." The novel tells the story of a seemingly perfect family with a Mormon housekeeper, Carole, who they have employed for 14 years. But the father in the family, Jack, is shot and killed on Christmas, and the novel explores how his wife, Liz, and their five children struggle on with their lives.

The Associated Press' reviewer, Sarah Branham, doesn't like the book, however. She says that the novel has "too many repetitive and nonessential details that slow the pace and diminish the vitality of some of the book's more interesting characters and plot lines."

Women get short shrift in Steel's 49th novel
Chicago IL Daily Southtown 26Jul00 A6
By Sarah Branham: Associated Press

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