Here are the results of the 2015 Association for Mormon Letters Awards, presented at the AML Conference at BYU Hawaii on March 5, 2016.
See this page for the two lifetime awards citations:
The Smith-Pettit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters to Phyllis Barber.
The Association for Mormon Letters Lifetime Achievement Award to Donald R. Marshall.
Both Phyllis and Donald attended the conference.
Brittany Long Olsen. Dendo: One Year and One Half in Japan
A wonderful blending of the modern missionary narrative mixed with a traditional comic style, humor, and feel-good moments throughout Dendo by Brittany Long Olsen is the first-of-its-kind autobiographical Mormon missionary graphic novel. Visually engaging, Olsen’s brings to life her missionary service with simple and elegant illustration in a unique and transcendent experience. We witness her journey from the ups and downs of the MTC, struggles with companionships, burgeoning bike skills, to the inevitable denouement of her time as Sister Olsen; all while helping us learn a little Japanese culture along the way.
Brian Andersen, creator. James Neish, Illustrator. Stripling Warrior.#1 and #2
Noah van Sciver. My Hot Date
Joey Franklin. My Wife Wants You to Know I’m Happily Married. University of Nebraska Press.
Joey Franklin’s My Wife Wants You to Know I’m Happily Married is like its cover: unassuming, honest, with all the earnestness of a t-shirt wearing T-ball parent trying to make good in this life. But while many of the essays in this debut collection chart the familiar territory of family and marriage, the high artistic rendering of its subjects is anything but familiar. Each of the 14 essays reveals a fascination with language, whether it be in the profane-sounding Japanese word Shukufuku on a new missionary’s tongue or in a toddler’s first acquisition of words. At times lyrical or self-deprecating, Joey Franklin guides us through young family life, through fast-food jobs and crappy cars, through T-ball and male-pattern baldness and teaching a child to pray. My Wife Wants You to Know I’m Happily Married is a beautiful book—sharp and clear, like a jewel under light.
William Shunn. The Accidental Terrorist
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