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Spirituality & the Writer: A Personal Inquiry

Thomas Larson

Warwick’s presents
Thomas Larson

Spirituality & the Writer: A Personal Inquiry

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 7:30pm

Warwick's
7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
Spirituality & the Writer: A Personal Inquiry

On Thursday, July 25th at 7:30pm Warwick's will host Thomas Larson as he discusses and signs his new book, Spirituality and the Writer: A Personal Inquiry. Thomas Larson is a critic, memoirist, and essayist and the author of three books: The Sanctuary of Illness: A Memoir of Heart Disease, The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings, and The Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing Personal Narrative. For twenty years, he has been a staff writer for the San Diego Reader. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick's for the event. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

Today, the surprisingly elastic form of the memoir embraces subjects that include dying, illness, loss, relationships, and self-awareness. Writing to reveal the inner self—the pilgrimage into one’s spiritual and/or religious nature—is a primary calling. Contemporary memoirists are exploring this field with innovative storytelling, rigorous craft, and new styles of confessional authorship. Now, Thomas Larson brings his expertise as a critic, reader, and teacher to the boldly evolving and improvisatory world of spiritual literature.

In Spirituality and the Writer, Larson surveys the literary insights of authors old and new who have shaped religious autobiography and spiritual memoir—from Augustine to Thomas Merton, from Peter Matthiessen to Cheryl Strayed. He holds them to an exacting standard: they must render transcendent experience in the writing itself. Only when the writer’s craft prevails can the fleeting and profound personal truths of the spirit be captured. Like its predecessor, Larson’s The Memoir and the Memoirist, Spirituality and the Writer will find a home in writing classrooms and book groups, and be a resource for students, teachers, and writers who seek guidance with exploring their spiritual lives.

Spirituality and the Writer: A Personal Inquiry Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780804012126
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Swallow Press - March 29th, 2019