First Faith Ed Giveaway, Events, & More

Today kicked off the first giveaway for my book, courtesy of my publisher, Beacon Press. The giveaway runs until July 21. You can enter by going to this link.  Thanks, Beacon Press!

Here’s a peek at another photo from my reporting travels from Faith Ed and the story behind it:

In this photo, first-grade teacher Deborah Fagg from Wichita is giving a lesson  on Judaism as part of a unit on world religions. She bought this menorah at a local Target. The children, perhaps none of whom were Jewish, oohed and ahed at the sight as she explained what it was. What struck me: This was an academic lesson on religion, and this was a teacher rather than  Jewish parent bringing in a menorah. In my travels, a few Jewish parents told me how they felt obligated to bring in a dreidel or a menorah to teach about Hanukkah or their kids would only hear about Christmas. In this classroom, the kids learn about three religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – and learn about their holidays all over a few weeks’ time in the fall. There’s much more to this story – in my book.

Event Round-Up:

(Here’s the latest look at confirmed events for Faith Ed.)

Aug. 18 – 7 p.m. Launch at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA.

Aug. 25  7 p.m. Reading at Tewksbury Public Library, Tewksbury, MA.

Labor Day Weekend: Decatur Books Festival, Decatur, GA. (Details to be announced later.)

Sept. 17:  7 p.m. talk & panel discussion/Q&A afterward with interfaith clergy at the new Lexington Community Center, Marrett Road in Lexington. Cary Library is sponsoring the event. Many thanks to Peggy Stevens, leader of Kids4PeaceBoston, for agreeing to act as moderator for the panel discussion.

If you’re so inclined, help spread the word about Faith Ed. Share the link to the newsletter sign-up. Tell friends about the Goodreads Giveaway.

Thanks, as always, for reading!


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