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'New Era' to Drop Fiction
The New Era, the youth magazine published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will no longer publish fiction, ending a practice of carrying stories in each issue that has launched the careers of many LDS authors. A date for the change to only non-fiction hasn't yet been set, but the decision to make the change has been made.

Excel to Distribute Film About Elder Groberg
Filmmaker Mitch Davis has announced that his forthcoming film on the missionary experiences of Elder John H. Groberg, now a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be distributed by Excel Theatrical Distribution. The announcement also indicated that the much-anticipated film could be in theaters for Christmas. Excel is the same company that distributed the breakthrough film "God's Army."

Planned LDS Film Festival Trying to Broaden Audience for Films
In the wake of the success of "God's Army," the film that showed there is an audience for LDS films, BYU film student Christian Vuissa, 31, is trying to show that audience the variety in the work of LDS film makers. Vuissa has formed a non-profit venture,, to hold the first International Young Latter-day Saint Film &Video Festival 2001.

Utah Native and World War II Veteran Shares His Miraculous and Touching Wartime Experiences
For the first time in over 30 years, an American hero and native Utahn shares his miraculous story as the sole survivor of a B-17 shot down over Germany and his nine months as a prisoner of war.

The Last Years of the Lord's Ministry Recounted
The second volume of bestselling author Gerald N. Lund's latest series of historic novels is now available. The Kingdom and the Crown, vol. 2: Come Unto Me (Shadow Mountain, $26.95, book on cassettes $39.95), is the follow up novel to last year's The Kingdom and the Crown, vol. 1, Fishers of Men, which has sold more than 100,000 copies, making it the bestselling first volume of an LDS historic series ever.

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