Monday, April 16

Parini to Speak on New Book ‘The Way Of Jesus’


Writer Jay Parini will return to Sewanee this month to speak about his new book, “The Way of Jesus: Living a Spiritual and Ethical Life.” His talk will be at 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 16, in Convocation Hall, with a reception and book-signing to follow. Of Parini’s latest work, Harvey Cox, author of “The Future of Faith,” says, “Parini’s Jesus escapes the limitations of the ‘historical Jesus’ genre without leaving some of the most valuable insights of that effort behind. … An exquisite book.”
The community is invited to Parini’s talk.
Parini, who last visited Sewanee in 2015, is a prolific poet, novelist, and biographer, and is the D. E. Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College. He is the author of six books of poetry; eight novels, including “The Last Station,” which was made into an Academy Award-nominated film in 2009; and biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, William Faulkner, and Gore Vidal. He writes for various publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
“The Way of Jesus” has been described as a book for progressive Christians and spiritual seekers who struggle with some of the basic questions about human existence: its limits and sadnesses, and its possibilities for awareness and understanding.