Dordt College News

Author James Schaap to speak at Faith and Writing Conference

September 15, 2010

James Calvin Schaap, professor at Dordt College, will join some notable contemporary Christian authors as a presenter at the second annual Celebration of Faith and Writing, being held Oct. 2 at The House of Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, Minn.

Sharing the stage with Schaap at this faith and writing conference will be Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran (on the New York Times bestseller list for over 117 weeks); beloved poet and humorist Billy Collins, a former Poet Laureate of the United States; and Clyde Edgerton, writer and musician, who will present a musical reader’s theatre of selections from his rollicking Southern novel The Bible Salesman. Other presenters are award-winning poets Andrew Hudgins and Jennifer Maier.

Dr. Schaap will be speaking on the topic, “The Story of the Story,” examining the sometimes tenuous relationship between writer and his or her subjects.

Schaap has two new books coming out in October: a devotional titled Honest to God and Rehoboth: A Place for Us, which he describes as “an album of family stories” from the Navajo and Zuni reservation communities in western New Mexico.

Schaap is the author of more than 20 books, including the novels Romey’s Place, The Secrets of Barneveld Calvary, Home Free, Touches the Sky, and In the Silence There are Ghosts, along with dozens of short stories.

The Celebration of Faith and Writing conference is made possible by the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Ministry and attracts about 500 attendees from a 20-state region.

For more information see and click on the link to the Celebration of Faith and Writing page.

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