For the Multiple Award-Winning Novel
This Is the Place
1588513521 Publisher: AmErica House
“When you live amid beauty
sometimes you don’t recognize discrimination, and, if you do, you prefer
not to acknowledge it.”
~Quotation from This Is
JayCe Crawford, author of The Pope and the Rainbow
Sprinkles says, "Carolyn Howard-Johnson's This Is the Place is a
"story that rings heartbreakingly true." A
young journalist realizes that because she is half Mormon and half
Protestant she is not suitable material for love. She delves into her
Mormon heritage and journals her way through prejudice indo redemption.
She learns to mend her own life when she finds she cannot mend her
world. This novel, set in Salt Lake City in the 50s, reveals not only
complexities of the heart but the secrets of what some consider a
mysterious place and culture including a take on its place in western
What do you think of the title,
This Is the Place? Do you find a metaphor in it or does it
simply refer to the Salt Lake Valley? When pioneer Brigham Young
uttered those words, do you think that he meant only that this was
the ground on which he would settle his people or do you think he
had something else in mind? What you you think would be the
differences between what Brigham Young said and meant and the way
the author uses the very same words? What are the similarities?
Skylar Eccles is surprise to find
that four generations of women -- her own ancestors -- made
decisions very similar to the one she is about to make. How does the
meat -and-bones study of genealogy differ from the work that Skylar
undertakes? How is it similar? If you went back into your own family
tree, what do you think you would find about yourself hiding in its
The protagonist of this story makes
some decisions that were uncommon for her time. Find some of the
political and cultural differences between the 50s when she was
struggling to find herself and now. How do you think your life would
be different if you had encountered comparable difficulties? Do
women still face similar problems?
We have all experienced intolerance
in our lives. How do Skylar's experiences differ from what you have
seen or felt? How are they similar?
Utah is a viable character in this
novel and Skylar's love of it is palpable. Did you find it a place
you'd like to to visit? Why or why not? If you live in Utah, were
Sky's surroundings similar to what you see in your daily life?
Skylar learns through writing but
at first she cannot consciously come to terms with the lessons she
is searching for. Do you think that journaling works that way? How
do you think Sky's writing affects her life, her decisions? Has
journaling been a learning experience in your life? Do you think it
We find recurring objects in
This Is the Place -- quilts, the implements of sewing,
mountains, irises. Is this accidental? Do you think it was intended
by the author or came from her subconscious? Which ones did you
notice as you were reading? What do you think they signify?
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first novel, This Is the Place, won eight awards. Her second
book, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, creative
nonfiction, won three. She was an instructor for UCLA Extension’s
world-renown Writers’ Program for nearly a decade and her book The Frugal Book Promoteris recommended reading for
her classes, was named USA Book News’ “Best Professional Book 2004,"
and was given the Irwin Award. Her second book in the How To Do It
Frugally series is The Frugal Editor won USA Book News
and Reader Views Literary Awards and the campaign for it won New
Generations Marketing Award. Both books are now in their second
Her chapbook of poetry
Tracings, was named to the Compulsive Reader's Ten Best Reads
list and was given the Military Writers' Society of America's Silver
Award of Excellence. A poem titled "Endangered Species" won the
Franklin Christoph prize in 2010 and she wrote
the multi award-winning Celebration Series of chapbooks with Magdalena Ball.
Carolyn is the recipient of the California
Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, and
her community's Character and Ethics Committee awarded her work
promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena
Weekly's list of 14 "San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen."
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Awards for Carolyn's Books, Blogs and More
The New Book Review
Master's in English.org Online Universities'
101 Essential Sites for Voracious
Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites
for Sharing with Writers blog.
Best Book Award for The Frugal Book Promoter (2004) and The Frugal Editor (2008)
and the Second Edition of The Frugal Book Promoter
Reader Views Literary Award for The Frugal Editor
New Generation Award for Marketing and Finalist for The Frugal Editor
Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award
Military Writers Award of Excellence for
Tracings, A Chapbook of Poetry.
A Retailer's Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotion wins author Military
Writers Society of America's Author of the Month award for March, 2010
Award from Military Writers Society of America, 2010.
MWSA also gave a nod to
She Wore Emerald Then,
a chapbook of poetry honoring mothers.
Named #! on Top Ten
Editing Books list.
New Generation Book Awards 2012,
The Frugal Book
Promoter; Finalist 2010
The Frugal Editor;
Winner 2010 Marketing Campaign for the Frugal Editor
The Oxford Award
alumna who exemplifies the Delta Gamma precept of
service to her community and who, through the years,
devotes her talents to improve the quality of life
Book Promoter is runner-up in the how-to category for
Los Angeles Book Festival 2012
Winner Diamond Award
for Achievement in the Arts
California's Arts and Culture Commission and the City of
And more than a dozen other awards for Carolyn's novel, short story collection and poetry.
See the awards page on this site.
What Utah Authors Are
“[This Is the Place] instills the conflicts
of Mormonism so gracefully and incisively...”
James W. Ure, author of Leaving the Fold
“It's been a week … and still the characters fight
for attention in my thoughts.”
Warren Stucki, author of Boy’s