Joanna Brooks has quickly become a national voice on faith in American life and an award-winning scholar of religion and American culture. The author of The Book of Mormon Girl:  Stories from an American Faith, she is a senior correspondent for the on-line magazine ReligionDispatches.org and has been named one of “50 Politicos To Watch” by Politico.com and one of “13 Religious Women to Watch” by the Center for American Progress. She is the recipient of the 2012 Eve Award from the Mormon Women’s Forum.

A twenty-year veteran of the Mormon feminist movement, she was the subject of an extensive CNN.com profile: “Crossing the Plains and Kicking up Dirt: A New Mormon Pioneer” at CNN.com (February 5, 2012) and of the acclaimed American Public Media show On Being’s “Mormon Demystified” show (October 20, 2011). She has also been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, BBC World, BBC’s Americana, Interfaith Voices, KSL’s People of Faith, WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, and Radio West, as well as on The Daily Show, NBC’s Rock Center, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry Show, and PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.  Her writing has appeared in the Washington PostHuffington Post, Killing the Buddha, and Michigan Quarterly Review and she has been utilized as a source on contemporary Mormonism by the New York Times, Reuters, Salt Lake Tribune, Associated PressWashington Post, Salon, New America Media, Pittsburgh Gazette-Post, The Tennessean, Headline News Network, Fox News, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and the Deseret News.  She also writes a regular column at Askmormongirl.com.

Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with the incredible Joanna Brooks in NYC right before her wonderful appearance on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart to talk about her brilliant new book “The Book Of Mormon Girl”, what it was like growing up as a “Rebel Mormon”, many of the problems young Mormons face today, some of the funny stories that people can expect from her book, her thoughts on Mitt Romney, and soo much more!!  Joanna is one of America’s most unique voices, talking about a religion and culture that has gained even more prominence and exposure with Mitt Romeny running for President, and she does an incredible job sharing her experiences in a humorous and engaging fashion.  She is also an absolute sweetheart, so enjoy Kade Nation!

And here is Joanna on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart right after sitting with me!

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