Speaker: Margaret Olsen Hemming

A Reading by BCC Press’s Newest Authors

This session wil feature three of BCC Press’s newest authors reading from their work. Twila Newey will read from her novel, Sylvia, which explores faith and family when four sisters come together as adults when their mother, and the matriarch of their extended Mormon family, dies suddenly in an automobile accident. Melody Newey Johnson will …

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Voice in the Wilderness

The ancient practice of midrash inserts fictional narrative where actual scripture is silent, giving details to characters that are otherwise footnotes. This presentation explores the historical context and current spiritual relevance of midrash. We will examine criticism of its practice, from accusations of cultural appropriation to the hubris of trying to add to scriptural record, …

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