Linda King Newell and Val Tippets Avery’s biography of Emma Hale Smith was published in fall 1984 after nine years of research and writing. It won three awards: MHA’s Best Book Award; John Whitmer Historical Association’s Best Book Award; and the Evans Award for Excellence in Western Biography. Nine months after the publication of the book, LDS Church authorities issued a speaking ban on the authors. Linda will discuss the impact of that action as well as other unpublished responses to Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith.
Linda King Newell