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An Evening with the Author: Karen Davidson, on Eliza: The Life and Faith of Eliza R. Snow

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 03, 2013

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
6:00 p.m.
Benchmark Books
3269 S. Main Street, #250
Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Karen Davidson, representing both herself and her coauthor, Jill Derr, who is currently in Europe on a mission, will speak to guests about the recently published Eliza: The Life and Faith of Eliza R. Snow.

Benchmark’s press release:

Eliza R. Snow is one of the most revered women in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We hear stories of her faith and strength, and we sing her beloved hymns. She was fondly known as “Zion’s Poetess” and also as “Presidentess,” because of her leadership of Relief Society and her role in forming and directing organizations for young women and children. She has remained a legend for generations of Latter-day Saints, but we know less about her “variegated life,” as she described it – the personal joys and sorrows brought about by unfolding events in the young Church of which she was a part.

This intimate look at Eliza R. Snow reveals a more private side of this extraordinary woman. She emerges as a bright young poet in Ohio, a new convert to the restored Church, a seamstress, and a sharer in the persecutions and hardships of the early Saints. We see a member of the households of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, a dedicated temple worker, and a traveling Relief Society president with a zeal for teaching the gospel.

Her delight in nature, her love for family and friends, and her outlook of hope for the cause of Zion are reflected here through selections from some of her best poems. Photographs, artifacts, and personal letters add visual beauty to this inspiring introduction to her fascinating life.

Karen Lynn Davidson earned a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. At Brigham Young University she was a member of the English faculty and director of the Honors Program. She has served on the General Music Committee of the Church and plays violin with the Orchestra at Temple Square.


Karen will sign copies of her book. Bring one you’ve already bought, or get one from Benchmark on the night of the event. Benchmark will have plenty of copies, along with copies of Karen’s earlier books: Eliza R. Snow: The Complete Poetry, Our Latter-Day Hymns (rev. ed.), and The Joseph Smith Papers: Histories, vol. 1 & 2. (And if you haven’t already taken advantage, become a JSPapers subscriber and save 10% on each volume purchased through Benchmark.)



  1. Thanks Ardis–though we would love to have Jill as well, we are very happy to have Karen. Given her background with the hymns and their history, she is a very capable person to tackle Eliza’s life.

    Comment by Benchmark Books — May 3, 2013 @ 10:51 am

  2. Perhaps a little understatement: “member of the households of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young”

    Comment by The Other Clark — May 3, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

  3. Thanks for letting me know. I don’t want to miss it.

    Comment by Jeff Johnson — May 3, 2013 @ 11:38 pm

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