f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: Live…From the Southwest Corner of the Bethany House Building!

f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n

Monday, April 26, 2004

Live…From the Southwest Corner of the Bethany House Building!

Boy, one weekend in Michigan makes Minnesota look…a lot like Michigan. Replace maroon and gold with maize and blue and you still have a big group of pitiable Big Ten fans who have nothing on the navy and white of my beloved Nittany Lions.

I return to Minneapolis having had a very nice time at the Festival of Faith and Writing. If you’ve the means and inclination for such a thing, I’d highly recommend that you keep tabs on the event for its 2006 incarnation. From the sessions I attended and the reports from many others, it seems to be more than worth than money, if you can spare the time and cover the costs of travel. Plus, we could meet then. And that’d be nice.

To those of you stopping by after having spoken with me or stopped by the Baker booth, I say hello. Browse around. Say “Hi.” Send an email. Hopefully we can continue many of the conversations and much of the discourse brought up by the Festival.

So this week, I thought we’d talk about the unmentioned side of the conference. It’s called the Festival of Faith and Writing…but what EVERYONE had in common wasn’t our writing but our status as readers. With all the hullabaloo about putting pen to paper and finding a publisher for that paper once it’s filled, I think we skip too lightly over the notion and importance of also being a reader.

In May I’m giving a lecture on developing our reading skills and so this is going to be a topic near to my heart. So let’s spend some time on it this week and see where it takes us.

A few more random thoughts and observations from the Festival of Faith and Writing.

Silas House (who sounds like he should be a character in a book rather than an author) said this about why there may be so many Southern writers: “When you have to defend where you’re from, you end up being proud of where you’re from.”

WordFarm, which I mentioned the other day, can be found here.

NavPress is going to get into Christian fiction. So add them to the list of publishers in that big tour we just took.

Grand Rapids is home to Eerdmans, Kregel, Zondervan, and Baker Books. Those Dutchmen sure like their Christian books.

There are few places quieter than a college campus at 9:00am on a Saturday morning.