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By Kent Larsen

LDS Booksellers Meet for 20th Time

SANDY, UTAH -- Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the LDS Booksellers Association met last week in Sandy's South Towne Exposition Center in a convention that featured goods and services from more than 120 vendors of LDS products. The convention also featured the association's annual LDSBA University Program, which for the first time awarded diplomas to those that completed its requirements, and an ending concert featuring musicians from LDS recording label Heartrise.

The annual convention is meant for owners and employees of member bookstores, who see and place orders from wholesale members for products to sell in their stores. But although the public can't see the products at the convention, those products are many times available immediately after the convention at member bookstores.

In past years the convention has been hobbled by a lack of affordable space in Salt Lake City-area convention facilities and had to restrict the number of booths available to vendors. But this year with the move to the new South Towne Exposition Center, the limit on the booths has been lifted, and many vendors took multiple spaces for their booths. However, in spite of the additional space, some vendors claimed that fewer bookstores were visiting their booths compared with last year.

The LDSBA University Program meanwhile gave out more than 60 certificates to those who had completed the requirements for four different certificates. Booksellers were awarded certificates as LDS Store Professionals (LSP) and Master LDS Store Professionals (MLSP) while vendors received corresponding certificates, LVP and MLVP.

Meanwhile, several new products caught the attention of booksellers. With the continuing success of Richard Dutcher's films, "God's Army" and "Brigham City," his production company has licensed a series of books based on the first film. The first of the books, a novelization of the movie, is being written by Geoffrey Card, son of well-known LDS science fiction author Orson Scott Card. Also on the way are books about two of the film's main characters, "Sister Fronk's Story" and "Elder Dalton's Story."

But the most inventive new product had to be "Mormon-opoly," a take-off on the popular Monopoly board game complete with tokens made of familiar Mormon symbols and properties on which players construct chapels and stake centers.


LDS Booksellers Association Convention


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