Signature Books 2016: A Year in Numbers
1 member of our team signed a contract with HBO to adapt their book into a miniseries. The film adaption of Devery’s book, Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World And Propelled The Civil Rights Movement is currently in development. (Yes, we are embarrassed at our low number in this category. Watch out, 2017.)
1 former marketing manager moved to Maryland, and replaced by one effortlessly grumpy former history teacher.
1 honorary doctorate degree awarded to our fearless founder and president, George D. Smith. George received a Doctor of Humanities from the University of Utah in May.
1 Leonard J. Arrington Award given to Michael Quinn from the Mormon History Association for his years of research and service in the field of Mormon studies.
2 Sunstone Symposiums attended by Signature Books editors (in 2 different countries!) John and Devery both presented at Sunstone’s first international conference in Birmingham, England. John also spoke at the Summer Symposium here in Salt Lake.
4 new titles published by Signature Books and the Smith-Pettit Foundation. Our latest contributions to the field of Mormon Studies:
- Thirteenth Apostle: The Diaries of Amasa M. Lyman, 1832-1877
- Island Adventures: The Hawaiian Mission of Francis A. Hammond, 1851-1865
- Glorious in Persecution: Joseph Smith, American Prophet, 1839-1844
- Natural Born Seer: Joseph Smith, American Prophet, 1805-1830
8 volumes in Dan Vogel’s “History of Joseph Smith and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: A Source- and Text- Critical Edition,” which won the 2016 Best Documentary Book Award at the John Whitmer Historical Association conference last September.
12 more books are now available on Kindle. In addition to our new releases this year, you can now read several of our best sellers in sacrament meeting without raising the suspicions of your Bishop. In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith, Early Mormonism and the Magic World View, and The Mysteries of Godliness: A History of Mormon Temple Worship are just a few of the titles we added this year.
1,567 Conversations, debates, drinks, and hours of sleep lost contemplating the results of the 2016 election. Some of us are still recovering.
-year exhaustively reviewed by Steph Lauritzen