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Aug 23 2013 - 3:14pm

  • Salt Lake City author Matthew J. Kirby, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, on Tuesday will publish "The Lost Kingdom" (Scholastic Press, $17.99), an adventure story aimed at middle-grade readers. A secret society of philosophers and scientists board a flying airship to search the American West wilderness for the lost people of Welsh prince Madoc, with French soldiers in hot pursuit.
  • Provo author David M. R. Covey has published his book "The Highly Effective Missionary: Bold & Innovative Approaches to Hasten the Work" (Cedar Fort Publishing, $12.99).

According to a news release, while serving as a missionary in the England London South Mission, Covey concluded missionaries were not unsuccessful due to lack of faith, desire or obedience to mission rules, but the lack of staying true to the proven principles that bring about baptism. Covey -- son of the late Stephen R. Covey, who penned "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" -- began to develop skills and techniques that increased his effectiveness as a missionary. Now the author shares his insights and approach to prospective missionaries and mission presidents.

  • Arizona author Ryan Rapier will read from and sign his humorous novel "The Reluctant Blogger" (Cedar Fort Publishing, $9.99) at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at The King's English Bookshop at 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City. Rapier's book is about a recently widowed man whose therapist assigns him to blog about single parenthood, dating and the unexpected turns in life.
  • Utah authors Justin Scott Isaacson and Kurt S. Browning will discuss and sign copies of their books at a free event from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Hastings, 340 E. 525 North, Ogden. Browning is the author of a children's book "My Dad Took Me Fishing Today" (Tate Publishing, $8.99) and Isaacson wrote a self-improvement book, "Changed in the Twinkle of an Eye" (CreateSpace, $15.99), about his struggle against drug addiction and the spiritual experiences that brought healing.

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