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Spend an Evening with the Editors
We are excited to announce the publication of Playing with Shadows: Voices Of Dissent In The Mormon West (Kingdom in the West, vol. 13) edited by Polly Aird, Jeff Nichols and Will Bagley, published by the Arthur H. Clark Company. We will have the editors at our store to speak about and sign their book onWednesday, February 15th. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., speaking at 6:00, and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time.
This collection of narratives by four individuals who abandoned Mormonism—“apostates,” as Brigham Young and other Latter-day Saint leaders labeled them—provides an overview of dissent from the beginning of the religion to the early twentieth century and presents a wide range of disaffection with the faith or its leaders.
Instead of focusing on a single disheartened individual or sect, this collection includes dissenters with different motivations and a wide range of experiences. Some devout Mormon converts, finding Brigham Young’s implementation of the Kingdom of God disillusioning, turned their backs on religion in general. Yet most never lost their love for their fellow Mormons or their longing for the ideal society they had dreamed of building.
Newspaper articles, personal letters, journals, and sermons provide context for the testaments collected here—those of George Armstrong Hicks, Charles Derry, Ann Gordge, and Brigham Young Hampton. The four range from those who felt Brigham Young had not lived up to the precepts of Mormonism, to “backouts” who gave up and left Utah, to a plural wife who constructed a rich fantasy world, to a devoted Latter-day Saint who gave his all only to feel betrayed by his leaders. Young warned one dissenting group that they were “not playing with shadows,” but with “the voice and the hand of the Almighty”; accordingly, many dissenters feared for their livelihoods, and some, for their lives.
We hope you will be able to attend this event, which is sure to be informative and provocative; but if you cannot, you may order a copy which can be signed or personalized and held or shipped to you.
Playing with Shadows (hb, 518 pp.) $45.00
Most of the earlier KITW volumes are also available—for those interested
in subscribing to the series, we offer a 20% discount on each volume
Other Titles Available
Mormon Convert, Mormon Defector (Polly Aird)–$39.95
Prostitution, Polygamy and Power (Jeff Nichols)–$25.00 (pb)
Always a Cowboy (Will Bagley)–$34.95
Blood of the Prophets (Will Bagley)–$24.95 (pb)/$50 (hb)/$75 (hb, 1st printing)
Mormon Rebellion (Will Bagley/David Bigler)–$34.95
So Rugged and Mountainous (Will Bagley)–$45.00
Media mail: $5.00 for the first book and $1 for each additional. FedEx/UPS/Priority options available—inquire for details. Utah residents please add 7.05% sales tax.
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