For Immediate Release
Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
The Once-A-Year News Event
When Polygamy Rises to Headline Status Radio Hosts
Producers and Feature Editors Call on Carolyn
"Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the one author and speaker who has seen Utah's culture
from both the Nonmormon side of the fence and the Mormon. She has no ax to grind, only
the ability to tell it like it is." ~Erika Lamoureaux, MA, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociologist
The multi award-winning novel This Is the Place keeps Carolyn Howard-Johnson on the speaking circuit and featured in the press long after the book was published.
That's because the fictionalized account of her life doesn't take to task the culture she was raised in nor does it disparage. It is a story of five generations of Utah women who married into Mormonism. Based on the author's own genealogy and experiences living in a divided home and society, readers get a clear idea of what present day Mormonism is like and how it is influenced by its polygamist heritage. It dispels present day myths about both the religion and culture while satisfying a reader's interest in a unique American culture.
The author says, "Much has been written about the distinctive mores of our American South, a little about our Quakers and Amish but very, very little about Utah and Mormonism, especially the mainstream religion and especially by someone who has a clear perception of how it is both similar and different from other areas in the US."
The Mormon religion based in Utah now has more than six million members and is quite separate from the polygamist groups that keep cropping up in the news. Still there are similarities because polygamy, after all, is a root that runs deep. Howard-Johnson is the person to clarify in these days of Warren Jeffs, Elizabeth Smart and Texas's YFZ group. Her opinions on them may amaze audiences but they will never bore them.
Howard-Johnson's literary work, including her novel, a book of creative nonfiction called Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered and her chapbook of poetry, Tracings, have all been informed by her dual heritage growing up in Utah and her life outside that community since then.
She will be signing her how-to books on writing at Book Expo America Friday, Booths 835 and 837 at 11 am but is available for appointments in person the entire weekend and by phone thereafter. Reach her at HoJoNews.aol.com or 818-790-0502.
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