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Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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An Experiment in Mormon Publishing: The Valley of Tomorrow by Gordon T. Allred, Strangers on Earth by Sara and Irene Black
126/DIALOGUE: A Journal of Mormon Thought That is the reason Mormons will love this poetry and the reason it is different from the poetry of the world and the reason it is Mormon Art and the reason it is desperately cogent for our world right now—because the key of knowledge is not just a truth, nor just another truth, but the critical truth for us and the answer to the philosophical, political, social, and personal dilemma of our times, and it is the inner light and warm glow at the heart of Mormon- ism which illuminates all the other facets of the Gospel without which light these other facets, all those beliefs which have counterparts in other churches, become dead forms without power to save man because the Spirit is missing, and without this light factions appear in the Church, but with it we will have monolithic solidarity until it rolls forth to fill the whole earth. m AN EXPERIMENT IN MORMON PUBLISHING Helen Hinckley The Valley of Tomorrow. By Gordon T. Allred. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1966, 243 pp. S3.50. Strangers on Earth. By Sara and Irene Black. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1966, 361 pp. $4.95. Helen Hinckley (Jones), has been widely published in the United States and Canada as well as in Church magazines and has been translated into such unlikely languages as Duth, Turkish, Swahili, and Urdu. She is a teacher of "Writing for Publication" at Pasadena City College and Director of Writers' Week in Pasadena. The publishers of The Valley of Tomorrow and Strangers on Earth are moving to fill a very real need for suitable reading for young adults. Most books for younger readers are appropriate for all children, including Mormons. But when readers get into high school, beyond the horse story stage, beyond the age when writers, publishers, teachers and librarians feel a definite responsibil- ity for the moral education of the reader, there has been little to offer the com- pulsive bookworm. In the days of Gene Stratton Porter and Grace S. Richmond any adult novel on the shelf was appropriate reading for this age level. This has changed completely. The emphasis of Latter-day Saint publishers has been upon instructional and study materials; so called "nonbooks"—collections, antholo- gies, commentaries, sermons—have poured from our presses. It is a reason for cheering that both Bookcraft and Deseret Book Company have recognized the need for books that may be read for enjoyment. When Marvin Wallin of Bookcraft decided to do something about publish-