Set deep in the woods of Central New York, RICK GRUNDER – BOOKS is located an hour's drive from both Palmyra, New York, and Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, places where Mormonism began. In a setting such as this, amazing things can happen. As the first Chairman of the Brigham Young University Library Bibliographic Department until 1981, then an antiquarian bookseller for forty years, I have worked full-time as a specialist in this field for nearly half a century.

In the 1980s, I knew Mark W. Hofmann, who turned out to be a forger and pipe-bomb murderer (the subject of numerous true-crime books and documentaries for which I was interviewed.)  During calmer times, I've issued more than a hundred detailed catalogs of rare material for sale, plus the five-volume historical reference work, Mormon Parallels: A Bibliographic Source (2008; 2014; 2018).

On a good day, I can be found at home in the forest feeding wild birds from my hand.  Writing the novel 116 was a cavalier excursion into fiction which became an exhilaration.  A sequel continuing this story and its characters is well underway, lending its title to the name of this website, The Virgin Lamb.  Stay tuned for updates!

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“Her name,” advised Tibb, “is as distinctive as her story:  Artemisia Foote.  She was named after her grandmother, a girl at Hawn’s Mill in western Missouri where Mormons were massacred in 1838 - men and little boys cornered in a blacksmith shop and shot like fish in a barrel.  They say the girl screamed while her father slid his friends down the well, one by one for mass burial.  I’ve never met the granddaughter, but she carries a lot of intrigue in Kane County, and a bit of baggage.  She’s back in the Foote homestead as I mentioned, not far from the Plantation.  She goes by her middle name ‘Sidnie,’ but most people just call her

The Virgin Lamb.

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