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Richard Bushman at AML Fundraiser

What voices are being heard in our local and national culture at present, and how can Latter-day Saints find a voice that will be heard? "Finding a Voice in Post-Colonial Mormonism" will be the topic of this year's Association for Mormon Letters fundraiser, featuring cultural analyst and historian Dr. Richard L. Bushman.
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Ridgewood pair's book explores Mormonism

This is a rather lengthy article that looks at the new book, "Mormon America: The Power and the Promise" written by non-Mormons Richard and Joan Ostling. The book, which will be on shelves on October 20, purports to be an exhaustive and comprehensive look at the "Mormon" religion.

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Mormon Sculptures in danger (Future Not Written in Stone)

This article tells about the Gilgal Sculpture Garden, a little-known garden, housing sculptures in Salt Lake City. The land has been sold to developers who have plans to demolish the gardens and replace them with condos. Church member, Naomi Feigel tells about the historic value of the sculptures and her hopes that enough money can be raised to prevent its destruction.

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Mormon Wayne Booth's book explores Amateurs (The arrogant amateur)

Wayne C. Booth, retired English professor from the University of Chicago and amateur cellist, explores the pursuit of activities solely for the satisfaction and fulfillment it affords, in his newly released book, For the Love of It: Amateuring and Its Rivals. Booth explores how the time we spend in this pursuit is either squandered or redeemed.

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Travel writer discovers Vermont Mormon roots and asks why (Attitude, not itineraries)

In a review of Helen Husher's new book, "Off the Leash: Subversive Journeys Around Vermont," Elan praises Husher for the way that her book raises questions, leaving his head spinning. Hushner sees her travel writing as a way of raising questions and sees travel as a way of running into and exploring questions. Elan puts it this way, "I like the fact that Helen Husher doesn't limit herself to answerable questions. In philosophy, that's the rule. In travel writing, it's unprecedented."

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'Ark' entertaining for children, but puts adults to sleep

"The Ark", a Shadow Mountain production is now playing at Thanksgiving Point and is delighting younger audiences. With popular LDS recording artist, Michael McLean writing the score, families are expressing their enjoyment of the show.

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AML Writers' Conference in November

The first annual Association for Mormon Letters writers' conference, themed "Finding a Voice," will be held 13 November 1999 from 9:00 to 5:00 in the Sorensen Student Center Ballroom at Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah. Nationally published writers Louise Plummer and Carol Lynn Pearson will speak during two plenary sessions, and other sessions will feature various LDS authors and publishers, including Ann Edwards Cannon, Eugene England, Jerry Johnston, Lance Larsen, Cory Maxwell, Elbert Peck, Levi Peterson, Eric Samuelson, Tessa Santiago, Tim Slover, and Carol Lynch Williams.

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