‘Mormon Land’: Deseret Book president starts a new chapter in openness, inclusion, diversity

The buck — and sometimes the book — stops with her. She shares her vision for the company; the new frankness in sharing the faith’s history; and the role D.B. plays in building a global religion.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Deseret Book's downtown Salt Lake City location in 2020. The company's president, Laurel Day, is this week's guest on "Mormon Land."

Deseret Book has been the church-owned commercial publisher for more than a century, producing landmark theological volumes such as James E. Talmage’s “Jesus the Christ” and LeGrand Richards’ “A Marvelous Work and a Wonder.”

It is a sought-after brand for Latter-day Saint leaders, scholars and writers, and remains the go-to retail outlet for rank-and-file members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Through the decades, the focus of D.B., as it has come to be known, has expanded to include not only books by and about Latter-day Saint prophets and apostles but also a range of novels and art.

The woman overseeing all that is Laurel Day, who rose through the ranks to become D.B.’s president.

On this week’s show, she talks about her vision for the global company; the new openness in detailing the church’s unvarnished history; the increasing visibility of women; the part she plays in deciding what is published and what is put on — and sometimes pulled off — the shelves; and Deseret Book’s role in building the worldwide faith.

(Courtesy) Laurel Day, president of Deseret Book.

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