Authors Zoe Murdock and Dr. Everett E. Murdock will read and discuss their latest books which take on two significant issues related to the 2012 presidential election. The event, which will take place on November 3rd at 10:00 AM, is part of a ten day Grand Opening celebration of Bank of Books, a new, used, and rare bookstore aligned with Cafécito Organico, an Artisan coffee shop which recently opened in Malibu’s famous Point Dume Village located at 29169 Heathercliff Road #109, Malibu (Heathercliff and PCH)
Zoe Murdock will read and discuss her book, Torn by God, a novel based on her father’s exploration of polygamy when she was a child, an exploration that was devastating to her mother. The story explores the confusion many people have about the original doctrine of the Mormon Church, which included polygamy, and current Mormon doctrine, which makes polygamy grounds for excommunication. These are issues that have been raised frequently in the media during this year’s presidential campaign with regard to Mitt Romney and his forebears. Like Mitt Romney, the authors great grandfather practiced polygamy, but he did not run away to Mexico. He was the man in charge of the Gardo House, a mansion in Salt Lake City where men met with their various wives in secret after polygamy was rescinded by the Mormon Church in 1890. The author will read from her book and take questions related to the subject.
Dr. Everett E. Murdock, an Emeritus Professor at California State University, Long Beach, prefers to write fiction, but when he realized how close this year’s presidential election would be and the effect the Electoral College could have on the outcome, he put aside his latest novel and wrote, Obama Will Win, but Romney Will Be President. The book is a historical analysis of every U.S. presidential election, with an emphasis on the role the Electoral College has played in determining who became president. As his book points out, the Electoral College was created in 1787 as a compromise with the slave states, and today, after 225 years, it still prevents American citizens from directly voting for their president. By looking at historical trends and analyzing current polls, Dr. Murdock will discuss the distinct possibility that what happened in the 2000 presidential election may well happen again; that is, Barrack Obama may win the popular vote, but lose in the Electoral College.