The JWHA book award committee is pleased to announce the following nominations for our Best Book, Best Biography, Best Documentary History, and Best Anthology awards. 2021 was a spectacular year with top scholarship published in Restoration Studies.

Each year, the committee accepts nominations of books published during the previous calendar year. The committee makes selections from these nominated materials, privileging work that is most relevant to Community of Christ history and values, regardless of the time period examined.

Our book nominations are:

Austin, Michael. Vardis Fisher: A Mormon Novelist. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2021. Baugh, Alexander L., Steven C. Harper, Brent M. Rogers, and Benjamin C. Pykles, eds. Joseph Smith and His First Vision: Context, Place, and Meaning. Provo: BYU Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book, 2021.
Givens, Terryl L. Stretching the Heavens: The Life of Eugene England and the Crisis of Modern Mormonism. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2021. Griffiths, Casey Paul. Truth Seeker: The Life of Joseph F. Merrill, Scientist, Educator, and Apostle. Provo: BYU Religious Studies Center, 2021.
Grua, David W., Brent M. Rogers, Matthew C. Godfrey, Robin Scott Jensen, Christopher James Blythe, and Jessica M. Nelson, eds. The Joseph Smith Papers Documents, Volume 12: March-July 1843. Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2021. Haglund, Kristine L. Eugene England: A Mormon Liberal. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2021.



Kerns, Virginia. Sally in Three Worlds: An Indian Captive in the House of Brigham Young. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2021. McBride, Spencer W. Joseph Smith for President: The Prophet, the Assassins, and the Fight for American Religious Freedom. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021.


Paulos, Michael Harold and Konden Smith Hansen, eds. The Reed Smoot Hearings: The Investigation of a Mormon Senator and the Transformation of an American Religion. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2021. Shields, Steven L. Divergent Paths of the Restoration: An Encyclopedia of the Smith-Rigdon Movement. 5th ed. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2021.
Smith, George D., ed. Brigham Young, Colonizer of the American West: Diaries and Office Journals, 1832-1871. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2021. Staker, Mark L. and Donald L. Enders. Joseph and Lucy Smith’s Tunbridge Farm: An Archaeology and Landscape Study. Independence, MO: John Whitmer Books, 2021.

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