29 June 2009

Book signing news

Earlier this month, Daniel attended our first book signing events in California. The first was at Beehive Bookstore in Campbell. He had a great time meeting the people that worked there and talking to patrons who came in. A lot of books were sold for the event and people were very excited to discuss the details of our trips. If you're in the South Bay, Beehive is a great place to stop in for a friendly chat and a good selection of LDS books and merchandise.

If you are anywhere near Fresno, Far West Books is the place to be. The owners invited us to come down and sign books at their store. Daniel had a large stack to sign for people that had ordered books for the event. He enjoyed discussing our trips and research with the people that came in and especially with the store's owner Leon Henderson, who served a mission in Guatemala. He and his wife Louise posed for a picture with Daniel at their store.

The signing was on a Saturday and Daniel gave a fireside the next evening at the Fresno stake center. The Hendersons had put together a nice event, with over 100 people attending. Many were from Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries, so Daniel had a good time sharing experiences with them.

We are looking forward to what we have scheduled this July. Daniel will be flying to Utah to sign books at several locations and Derek has recently moved to Utah, so he may be joining him. On Friday 10 July, we will be at a Barnes & Noble in Salt Lake City, 1104 E. 2100 S., from 7-9 pm. On Saturday 11 July, we will be at The Book Table in Logan, 29 South Main, at about 10:30 am. This will be a big event with other authors, so we will see what happens. We will also be at a Barnes & Noble that evening in Bountiful, 340 S. 500 W., from 7-9 pm. These are our first events in Utah this year, so we are very excited. We are also talking to friends to put together an informal fireside at a someone's home on Sunday 12 July, so hopefully that will happen as well.

05 June 2009

June events and a new article online - Metalworking

Our summer is beginning to fill with events. On Saturday 6 June, Daniel will be at Beehive Bookstore in Campbell, CA from 12 to 2 pm for a book signing. This is our first official book signing at a store, so we are looking forward to it. Just a couple of weeks later on the 20th, Daniel will be at Far West Books in Fresno from 11 am to 1 pm to meet customers and sign books. He will also give a fireside at the Fresno Stake Center on the evening of the 21st at 6 pm. The odd thing is that we still don't know if it will be in Spanish or not, so it should be a fun challenge. The Petaluma fireside has been moved to July, so we will post updated information on that one later. We are still trying to plan a fireside and book signing tour near the LA area by the end of the summer, so stay tuned. We encourage anyone in the neighborhood on these dates to drop by.

In other news, Daniel has finished a paper on metallurgy and Ancient America. Many different types of metals and alloys are mentioned in the Book of Mormon, and it can be a challenge to figure out how it all relates to known archaeology. In his article, Daniel explains the latest theories on when metalworking began in the Americas and why evidence of Nephite metals may be hard to find. He also shows some unexpected ancient metal implements from both the Old and New Worlds. The Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum has published this paper on their website, so we are very pleased about that. They had considered inviting Daniel to speak at their annual conference this year, but it looks like the spaces may already be taken. However, they are keeping him in mind for next year.

Click here to read the article online at the BMAF website.

Click here to download a formatted, multi-page PDF of the article.