Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Benchmark Book to host the Bushmans, Aug 3rd.

3269 So. Main Street, Suite 250
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Phone: 800-486-3112, (801) 486-3111

We invite you to spend an evening with
Richard & Claudia Bushman

Eminent historian, Richard Lyman Bushman, has taught and written about early American and Mormon history and culture for decades. His Mormon history titles include Believing History: Latter-day Saint Essays (edited by Reid L. Neilson and Jed Woodworth), Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism, Building the Kingdom: A History of Mormons in America (written with his wife, Claudia), and, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, which has received glowing endorsements. Now a follow-up publication to Rough Stone Rolling has been released in On the Road with Joseph Smith: An Author's Diary first produced by the Mormon Artists Group in New York City in a limited edition of 100 unbound copies and now published in paperback by Greg Kofford Books.

After delivering the final proofs of, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling to Knopf in July 2005, Bushman crisscrossed the country from coast to coast, delivering numerous addresses on Joseph Smith at scholarly conferences, academic symposia, and firesides. This candid memoir concludes eleven months later with an article written for Common-Place in August 2006. The book is "by turns humorous and poignant, this behind-the-scenes look at Richard Bushman's public and private ruminations about Joseph Smith reveals a great deal - not only about the inner life of one our best scholars, but about Mormonism at the dawn of the 21st century." - Jana Riess, co-author of Mormonism for Dummies and book review editor for Publisher's Weekly.

Claudia Bushman's most recent book, Contemporary Mormonism: Latter-day Saints in Modern America allows readers a vivid glimpse into the lives of Mormons--their beliefs, rituals, and practices, as well as their views on race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexual orientation. The voices of actual Mormons reveal much about their inspiration, devotion, patriotism, individualism, and conservatism. With its mythical history and unlikely success, many wonder what has made this religion endure through the years. Here, readers will find answers to their questions about what it means to be Mormon in contemporary America. Claudia is also the editor of Mormon Sisters: Women in Early Utah

Richard and Claudia Bushman will be at our store to speak about and sign books on Friday, August 3, 2007, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. They will speak at 6:00 pm and sign books before and after that time. If you are unable to join us for this promising event, you can order autographed books by calling ahead to reserve them. Our toll-free number is 800-486-3112 (local phone, 486-3111). Postage and handling is $4.00 for 1st book and $1.00 for each additional. Utah residents, add 6.85%.

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