Come watch a panel discussion about the relevance of scripture Wednesday in Provo

If you haven’t had a chance yet to dig in to the new books from Adam Miller (Letters to a Young Mormon) Joe Spencer (For Zion: A Theology of Hope) or David Bokovoy (Authoring the Old Testament) you have a perfect chance this week to become more familiar with their authors. On Wednesday night, ZION’S BOOKS in Provo is hosting a roundtable discussion featuring Miller, Spencer, and Bokovoy. Each author will deliver a brief lecture on the relevance of scripture followed by an audience Q&A. Janiece Johnson (BYU-Idaho) will moderate the discussion. You can pick up copies of their books and get autographs and enjoy some free light refreshments and give me a hard time for using this blog post for promotional purposes.

But if I were you, I’d want to know about this, too. So would this guy:


Look at him. His gaze is directed upward, which body language experts tell me is indicative of his intense pondering of Deep Things. Like scripture. It’s Joe Spencer. Terryl Givens called him “one of the most astute readers of sacred texts working in Mormon Studies.” (Yes, that Terryl Givens. The one who once admitted to me that he has seen the entire film Weekend at Bernie’s. True story.)


Adam Miller stands in front of bookshelves most of the day. Isn’t it a little warm for a sweater?



Zion’s Books
274 W Center St.
Provo, UT 84601

Wednesday, July 2
6:00-8:00 pm.

Go here for more details about this event.

If you can’t make it down to Provo, you can catch up with Miller and Spencer at Benchmark Books in Salt Lake on Wednesday between 1:30 and 2:30pm. See here for details.


  1. I think you meant to state the date is July 2 under your Time heading. So wish I was going to be in town to attend this.

  2. Even though it’s my birthday, I’ll be there.

  3. Joe Spencer appears thoughtful and sensitive. Is he single???? Just curious.

  4. Steve FTW.

  5. Here is Joe Spencer’s bio: Joseph M. Spencer is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of New Mexico, where he studies contemporary French thought. He is the author of An Other Testament: On Typology (Salt Press, 2012; Neal A. Maxwell Institute reissue, 2014), as well as of numerous essays on both philosophy and Mormon Studies. He is currently the associate director of the Mormon Theology Seminar and an associate editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies. He and Karen, his wife, live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with their five children.


  6. It is too bad there aren’t any ways to use this new Internet thing, to make videos of interesting events available to members who have the good sense, I mean terrible affliction, of living thousands of miles away from Utah.

    Maybe someday videos or live streaming, or some combinations, so that I don’t have to buy a plane ticket to be able to be part of the “cool kids in Zion” events.

  7. Julia, I am in the same boat. Luckily, Blair said they will be posting the roundtable on the Maxwell Institute podcast feed. I assume that means the audio, but perhaps they will have the video too/instead. I suppose this would be posted a few weeks after the roundtable takes place.

  8. BHodges says:

    Julia, if y’all are interested in taking up a collection and purchasing me some video equipment, though…

    Yeah, it is the pits that many of these events happen in Utah and not as often around the country and other parts of the world. At least an audio recording will be available!

  9. I am totally excited for the audio to be available. Thanks for making this possible, Blair!

  10. As an fyi for those interested, I will be doing An Evening with an Author at Benchmark Books on July 9, 5:30-7:30, speaking at 6. I will be talking about my new book, The Life of Orson F. Whitney: Historian, Poet, Apostle. Be prepared for some surprises. Further info is available on Benchmark Books website.

  11. Kofford Books posted the video of the roundtable on youtube:

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