SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Terryl Givens, a University of Richmond professor of literature and religion, took top honors for his recent book at last Friday's annual Mormon History Association awards banquet.

Givens' "People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture," published last year by Oxford University Press, won the association's best-book award and a $2,000 prize. The award was presented at Red Lion Hotel in Sacramento, along with several others by the association, which honors writing about LDS history.

The award for best first book was shared by two authors, Matthew C. Godfrey and W. Paul Reeve. Godfrey's book is "Religion, Politics and Sugar: The Mormon Church, the Federal Government and the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, 1907-1921," published by Utah State University Press. Reeve's book is "Making Space on the Western Frontier: Mormons, Miners and Southern Paiutes," published by University of Illinois Press.

Best biography and $1,000 went to Frederick H. Swanson for "Dave Rust: A Life in the Canyons," published by University of Utah Press.

"In the President's Office: The Diaries of L. John Nuttall, 1879-1892," edited by Jedediah S. Rogers and published by Signature Books, received the best documentary award and $1,000.

Other honors:

• Best international Mormon history award to William G. Hartley, Lorna Call Alder and H. Lane Johnson for "Anson Bowen Call: Bishop of Colonia Dublan."

• Best article to "Death, the Great War and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic as Context for Doctrine and Covenants 138," by George S. Tate, in BYU Studies, Spring 2007.

• Award of excellence to Jacob Olmstead for "The Mormon Hierarchy and the MX," in the Journal of Mormon History, Fall 2007; and to Reeve for "Places That Can Be Easily Defended: A Case Study in the Economics of Abandonment During Utah's Black Hawk War," in Utah Historical Quarterly, Summer 2007.

• Best dissertation award to Christine Talbot, University of Michigan, for "Mormons, Polygamy and the American Body Politic: Contesting Citizenship, 1852-1890."

• Best thesis award to Nathaniel Ricks of BYU for "A Peculiar Place for the Peculiar Institution: Slavery and Sovereignty in Early Territorial Utah"; and to Jeremy S. Parkin of California State University, Long Beach, for "Police Work on the Mormon Trail, 1846-1847."

• Graduate-student awards to Stanley Thayne of BYU for "Holiness to the Lord: Delineating and Maintaining the Symbolic Boundaries" of Zion; and to Matthew Bowman of Georgetown University for "The Crisis of Mormon Christology: History, Progress and Protestantism, 1880-1930."

• Undergraduate award to John Brumbaugh of BYU for "Return to Anti-Mormonism: Fred Dubois and the Reed Smoot Hearings."

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