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Memoir of First African American Priest in Texas Published
Less than two years after Allan Johnson Sr. died, his son, Allen Jr., has published his father's memoir, telling the story of the persecution an racism his father endured, how he joined the LDS Church, and his ordination to the priesthood on Father's Day, 1978. The self-published memoir has caught the attention of the local press in Austin, and his son says he is trying to get the book out to the LDS market as well.

LDS Author Wins 3rd Award For 'Stories of Young Pioneers'
LDS Young Adult author Violet Kimball has received a third award for her book, "Stories of Young Pioneers: In Their Own Words," making the book one of the most awarded LDS books of the past year. The most recent awards are from the magazine Foreword, a book review magazine, which gave "Stories of Young Pioneers" their 2001 Book of the Year Award in Young Adult Non-fiction, and from the Independent Book Publishers Association, which made the title a finalist for the 2001 Juvenile Young Adult Nonfiction Independent Publishers Book Award. The book covers the experiences of young pioneers traveling through the west in the mid-nineteenth century and is written for young readers.

Coke Newell's 'Latter Days' Tells LDS Story
"Latter Days," a re-telling of Latter-Day Saint history by convert Coke Newell of the LDS Public Affairs Department has done well for St. Martin's Press. It's done so well that it's been picked up by Sam's Club and the New York publisher is releasing it in paperback.

New Products: New History Books Look at Martyrdom, Utah History
This week's new books include several that cover various aspects of Mormon history. These books include two looks at the martyrdom, an early welsh-language publication, and lawless elements in Utah history. Also, Blaine Yorgason has written a new novel, looking at loyalty, faith and integrity.

CFI novelists make strong showing on list of 'LDS Classics'
BYU English professor Richard Cracroft has published a list in Meridian Magazine of what he considers the "classics" of LDS-based fiction. The criteria he used were simple: the books must be well-written, reader-tested novels that "will delight, uplift, inspire and entertain most LDS readers."

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