About Kent Larsen

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Bio

Kent Larsen lives in New York City where he owns and runs the book importer and publisher, Luso-Brazilian Books and tries to publish LDS books as well. He moved to New York with his wife after graduating from BYU. They have raised three children in New York, the oldest of whom, is currently serving an LDS mission. The family has been active in the LDS Church in the city, and Kent has served in a number of callings, from ward clerk to the nursery to the high priests group leadership. He has also been active in several LDS-related groups in New York City, including the New York New York Stake LDS History Committee and the Mormon Artists Group.

Career

During his nearly 20-year-long career in New York, Kent has worked for a number of book publishers, including Henry Holt and Company, Bantam Doubleday Dell (now part of Random House), and children’s book publisher North-South Books. Drawing on his experience serving an LDS mission to Portugal and a degree in Portuguese from BYU, in 2002 Kent purchased the principal Portuguese-language book importer in the United States, Luso-Brazilian Books. He has since expanded the company into a publisher of portuguese-language books.

Concurrently, Kent developed an interest in the market for Mormon books in the mid 1990s, and has studied the market ever since. This study led him to oppose Deseret Book’s 1999 purchase of Bookcraft (on Mormon News, post is no longer available) and its more recent purchase of Covenant Communications and its sister company, Seagull Books.

Online Activities

Kent has been active online participating, starting and running a number of groups and websites. These include:

Publications

Why Mormon News Matters, in Silent Notes Taken, Mormon Artists Group Press, 2002.

How Could a Mormon Family Sue over School Prayer? in Cases and Controversies: Civil Rights and Liberties in Context by Peter Irons, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005. Originally published in Mormon News, 23 June 2000, http://www.mormonnews.com/000625/N1SchoolPrayer02.html.

With the New York New York Stake LDS History Committee. City Saints: Mormons in the New York Metropolis. New York New York Stake LDS History Committee, 2004.

Other things about Kent

Kent grew up in suburban Washington D.C. He served an LDS mission to Portugal before getting undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Portuguese from BYU. He also obtained an MBA from New York University in Marketing and International Business.