Here we go. Our first new book of 2010!

“Men die miserably every day for lack of what is found [here].” —William Carlos Williams, poet

Poems by Marilyn Bushman-CarltonA new book in. Huzzah! And it’s a good one: Her Side of It by Marilyn Bushman-Carlton, a collection of very fine poetry about a woman’s quiet rebellion against stupidity, her occasional conformity (although by choice), and the poet’s thoughts about social convention, family interactions, religion, aphrodisiacs, and exotic places. All themes that collide with the domesticated realities of the Salt Lake City suburbs. The poet helps us find rhythm, language, and love among housework, parenting, and occasional children’s soccer games, which are equally important to both her life and to ours.

As this book arrived, another went to press. Production is complete for A Sense of Order and Other Stories by BYU-Idaho professor Jack Harrell. It takes some six weeks to print and bind a book, so expect this one in mid-August. In the spirit of Levi Peterson’s Backslider, Harrell takes readers on journeys with regular folk who appear as familiar as family members or neighbors but find themselves in unusual situations. Harrell tells of maturation, courage, hope, despair, and in one instance a story about a modern prophet in handcuffs.  After reading some of these tales, even our own grumpy and jaded office staff were found walking around, not knowing what to do with themselves. We suspect they’ll have the same effect on you.

Last of all, we can now announce that we have finished proofing and correcting the 52 books on our library site (SignatureBooksLibrary.org). These books, available to the public, are now more or less free of typos introduced through scanning. There are more books to come, but we have just passed a milestone. In addition, the library site is getting more essays on important topics. We just posted one on William E. McLellin by Sam Passey. Sam identifies the facts and persistent folklore surrounding this enigmatic figure. From the apostle’s birth in Tennessee to his conversion to Mormonism, and all the way to Mark Hofmann’s bombings in 1985, McLellin has had a recurring role in Mormon history. Passey helps us, in a succinct way, to understand McLellin’s significance to LDS historiography.