Judith Freeman and Will Bagley have written a prizewinning novel and prize-winning history of the darkest event in Mormon history, the Mountain Meadows Massacre. In Freeman’s Redwater, three wives of John D. Lee describe life on the ragged edge of the Mormon frontier. Bagley’s Blood of the Prophets carries forward Juanita Brooks’s work through its explorations of a wealth of new evidence. The two authors will discuss how research into original diaries, letters, and documents helped them understand and interpret these events. They will also reflect on the freedom of fiction and the constraints of history.
Judith Freeman, Will Bagley