Greetings new and old subscribers,
This newsletter will be more shamelessly promotional than others. Faith Ed will come out in paperback on Aug. 23 – with a new index. Also, I’ve created an online guide meant to help foster discussions among educators – and others, too – after they’ve read Faith Ed. You can check out the new guide on my website. Many thanks to Boston College religion scholar Erik Owens for his review of the guide and terrific suggestions. This is a work in progress, so feel free to email me with suggestions and comments.
FYI, Beacon Press is hosting two giveaways for the paperback . Enter now if you want a chance. One giveaway, which ends July 16, is through Goodreads at this link. The other giveaway, which ends at the end of this month, is through LibraryThing at this link. Please share the links widely.
Meanwhile, I created a Storify recap – a compilation of tweets with some of my own observations – of this past Saturday’s religious literacy conference at Harvard Divinity School. It was a terrific day of discussion about where we’re at with religious literacy efforts and where we need to go. You can find out more by reading my recap of a day all about making a more religiously literate world.
It will be a busy August through December for Faith Ed events.
I’ll highlight just a few because I continue to list them on my website.
Paperback launch: Want to celebrate the paperback release of Faith Ed with me in a special way? Come join me at Newtonville Books on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. Author Tova Mirvis will join me and act as a moderator of a conversation about religion in the public schools. Refreshments provided.
Prose Writer-in-Residence: Come join me for a week this summer, Aug. 6-13, at the Chautauqua Writer’s Center in Chautauqua, NY, on a lake. I’ll teach a daily workshop, “Writing Provocative Stories About Religion,” give a reading and a talk. You can register for the course now.
Book talk, with panel discussion: I’ll be giving a talk, then moderating a conversation with Imam Taymullah Abdur-Rahman, the Muslim chaplain at Harvard University, and Adam Blumer, the social studies chair at Wellesley Middle School, at Barnes & Noble in Burlington, MA. 1 p.m., Sept. 10. (More details to come, but this event will be ideal for parents as well as teachers.)
As always, thank you for reading!