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The Last of Card? Tragedy Yields Writer's Block, Last Tour
In a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune, Mormon science fiction writer Orson Scott Card candidly discussed his life and writing as well as the reasons why he has decided to make this book tour his last. He also revealed that he has been unable to write for the past five months.

Mormon Artist 'Snell' Johnson Dies
Mormon artist Snellan Maurice "Snell" Johnson, who turned his life around to become a renowned artist after serving five years in prison for fraud, died Saturday in Scottsdale at age 62. Johnson was described as a post-modern pop culture artist whose works include the bronze lion outside the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas (the largest bronze statue in the Western Hemisphere) and the 18-foot bronze clock in Salt Lake City that is counting down the time until the start of the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Jan Shipps' Writes as an Outsider Looking In
After forty years among the Mormons, Jan Shipps, a professor emeritus of history and religious studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has written "Sojourner in the Promised Land." Shipps' interest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was piqued in 1960 when she moved to Logan, Utah, with her family for nine months. A lifelong Methodist, Shipps has been an outsider looking in.

Card's 'Sarah' Reviewed in Jerusalem Post
The Jerusalem Post published Sunday an unabashedly positive review of Orson Scott Card's "Sarah: Women of Genesis," calling the book, part of a projected trilogy on the women of Genesis, "a lively novel that enlarges our appreciation for this complicated matriarch." While admitting that the orthodox may reject the book because it uses the bible as the basis for a novel, most readers will "simply appreciate the book as a good yarn," says reviewer Morton Teicher.

BYU Museum Exhibit Shows Art in LDS Architecture
The BYU Museum of Art opened a new exhibit on the architecture of LDS Buildings on Friday, March 16th, giving visitors a new look at the artistic similarities and differences among LDS buildings. The opening of "Mormon Moderne: New Directions in Latter-day Saint Architecture" included a visit from Bishop Robert H. Burton, presiding bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who spoke about the architecture and about the Church's current building policies.

Artist Takes Leave of Absence to Sculpt Oxen for Nauvoo Temple
Dressed in safety goggles, anti-vibration gloves and a dust mask, Allen Haroldsen shows up for a long day of work surrounded by the mist of powdery limestone. "This is what I've dreamed of all my life," said the graphics designer from the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. Haroldsen took a leave of absence from his work to sculpt the oxen that will support the baptismal font in the newly reconstructed historic Nauvoo Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Anticipation High Surrounding Release of Next 'Mormon Film'
Anticipation is high surrounding the release of the latest "Mormon film" from the director of the independent hit film GOD'S ARMY. Richard Dutcher's latest film, BRIGHAM CITY, will open in select theaters nationwide on April 6. The world premiere will be held in Salt Lake City on April 4.

New Book Looks at Modern Polygamy from Teenage Perspective
Media attention has focused on the January 2001 tragic death of a polygamist toddler, when medical attention allegedly was not sought until too late. And that occurred on the heels of the prosecution of Utah polygamist Tom Green, alleging Rape of a Child and bigamy.

FCMA to Host Songwriters Workshop at BYU
The Faith Centered Music Association (FCMA), in conjunction with BYU, is pleased to announce the 2nd annual FCMA Workshop, to be held this Saturday, March 24th at the Conference Center (Harmon Building) on the BYU campus.

Bestsellers: Titles on National Lists Drop to Two
The number of Mormon titles on US National bestseller lists have dropped to just two as Orson Scott Card's "Shadow of the Hegemon" dropped off the lists, and Martha Nibley Beck's "Finding Your Own North Star" hits a lull just before its release on the 20th. Beck's book is likely to return in the near future. The newly released paperback of President Gordon B. Hinckley's "Standing for Something" may also hit the lists as it gets distribution.

Other Arts & Entertainment Articles

Osmond Brothers Perform at Ricks
REXBURG, IDAHO -- The Osmond Brothers performed Saturday night at Ricks' Hart Main Gym. The famous brother group, which has been performing for more than 40 years, performed two shows for sold-out audiences and sang songs recognizable from their popular days in the '70s to today.
Osmond Brothers Delight Audience
Ricks Scroll 20Mar01 A2
By Hilary Ingoldsby: Scroll staff

McKay Essay Contest Winners Read Essays
PROVO, UTAH -- The winners of the annual David O. McKay essay contest at BYU read their prize-winning essays in BYU's Wilkinson Center Little Theater on Tuesday. Ryan Dean Curtis won the contest in the undergraduate category for his essay entitled "Nebraska." Matthew Kennington won the undergraduate category for his essay entitled "Only Stand and Wait." Kennington won the contest for the third time.
Christian Values Center announces David O. McKay essay winners
BYU NewsNet 20Mar01 A3
By Kathryn Dougall: NewsNet Staff Writer

Utah Newspapers Finally Recognize AML Awards
PROVO, UTAH -- Nearly a month after the Association for Mormon Letters announced its annual awards at its convention, Utah newspapers have finally noticed the awards. The Deseret News focused on the award given to LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, mentioning the other awards. The Provo Daily Herald had a more complete report, from Association member Harlow Clark. Mormon News carried the Association's press release of the awards on March 3rd.
Pres. Hinckley wins award for book
Deseret News 18Mar01 A2
By Kathryn Dougall: NewsNet Staff Writer
Utah County writers receive recognition
Provo UT Daily Herald 21Mar01 A2
By Harlow Clark: Lindon Correspondent
AML Announces 2000 Literary Awards

LDS Artist Says Breaking Arm Was Best for Art Career
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Breaking her right arm was the best thing that ever happened to Helen Brandley Wiscomb's art career. The right-handed Wiscomb was an established artist and a beloved teacher long before she hurt the arm in a fall more than eight years ago. The injury forced her to paint with her left hand, freeing her creative soul and energizing her work. "My children said, 'Don't ever go back to your right hand.' They thought my left-handed paintings were much better," says the silver-haired great-grandmother. "And they were right."
A Lucky Break Energizes Utah Artist
Salt Lake Tribune 18Mar01 A2
By Brandon Griggs: Salt Lake Tribune


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