When I first began blogging back in 2006, I was mostly done with a manuscript of a mediocre book on theologies of death and afterlife in early Mormonism that was then called Forever Family: Early Mormon Theologies of the Kindred Dead. Shortly thereafter, a dear friend who is an excellent colonial historian (buy his seminal work on French Indian slavery when it’s published in a few months) told me that my book had some good ideas but was of generally low quality. His kind and wise advice caused a crisis of confidence, a reading spree in the secondary academic literature, several total rewrites of that book, and a change in the title, which became an intentional inversion of the language of the Lord’s Prayer. Throughout this process, the participants in the evanescent communities of online interaction many denominate the Bloggernacle have offered crucial encouragement, insight, criticism, and friendship, for which I am ever grateful.
The book is finally published, and I’m posting now to give thanks to the community and to announce two book events this month.
First is a reading for Mormon history types at the storied Benchmark Books on 33d and Main in SLC. Tuesday, January 10, mingling at 5.30pm, reading/lecture at 6pm. I promise not to sing, but we will talk us some fun Mormon history.
Second is a non-sectarian book launch for anybody interested, at the King’s English Bookstore, Tuesday, January 17, mingling at 6.30, music and lecture start at 7.00pm. This will be more a celebration of the broad concepts of the book, some live string music (the Tanner Duo), some cheeses developed by my beloved grandfather (a biochemist at the University of Minnesota known to many as “the father of the American bleu.”)
Both events are open to the public.