Word of mouth has it that "Adventures of a Church Historian," the memoirs of historian Leonard J. Arrington, is the best "read" on the current LDS book list.

Word of mouth also has it the author will be at Scallywag's Used and Rare Books, 433 E. 300 South on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., to discuss his life and times as an LDS historian.Copies of his "Adventures" will be available for signing, along with other Arrington volumes.

"What's exciting for me is this is our first reading and signing here," says Kent Walgren, the proprietor. "I'm also very excited that Leonard Arrington agreed to be here. He's the dean of LDS historians and we're honored to have him."

Arrington presided over what has become known as the "Camelot era" of LDS history. His many books - "Brigham Young: American Moses," "Great Basin Kingdom" and "The Mormon Experience," with historian Davis Bitton - are considered by many to be definitive.

His new volume is more intimate and has the feel of a man "witnessing" to events rather than recording them. In a review of the book, Dennis Lythgoe, of the Deseret News, said, "This memoir is likely to stand for years to come as a beacon, a model for anyone who may want to write one of his or her own."

For more information call Scallywag's at 539-1231.