BAIPA member David Taylor Johannesen has a newly published book, “Falcons and Seagulls, a Utah Tale” which is on the shelves at bookstores in Palo Alto and Menlo Park and the East Coast. He says he has found it crucial to develop social media skills to promote his book (on FaceBook, Twitter and on his blog) and by giving readings at bookstores. The book has received strong reviews on Kirkus, and the Association of Mormon Letters, and is being considered for a movie by a Los Angeles producer. And although there is controversy around the book in the Mormon community, he contends that the book is “steadfastly fiction.”
David Taylor Johannesen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, a fifth-generation Mormon and great-great grandson of Church President, John Taylor. He grew up, and was educated from an early age, in Massachusetts, where he found the plain quietude of the Society of Friends, and lived there for a number of years with his wife, Linda. He was formally educated at University of Pennsylvania, New York University and Trinity College Oxford. He and his family recently moved to Northern California.
Johannesen is also the author of the poetry collection, “Vespers East and West,” the short story collection, “Last One Close the Gate,” and the novels, “The Architect” and “Passengers. Johannesen is currently working on his new collection of short stories, “Boston Casualty.”