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Bestselling author to visit Dordt College for public reading

April 4, 2012

In music, he’d be described as a crossover artist, a term describing a Christian artist with broad appeal who has achieved popular success. New York Times bestselling novelist Bret Lott will visit Dordt College on Thursday, April 12, meeting with classes and offering a public reading at 7:30 p.m. in SB101 in the Science and Technology Center.

Lott is outspoken about his faith, but he has never been strictly categorized as a “Christian” writer. His work is frequently reviewed in the New York Times and Washington Post; and one of his early novels, Jewel, was chosen by Oprah Winfrey for her book club in 1999. 

“He’s a forthright Christian, and he talks that way,” says Dordt College professor Jim Schaap, who invited Lott to campus. “But he doesn’t exist in that ‘Christian world’ alone, and he understands that if you’re going to get published today, you have to be marketable and entertaining.”

Lott’s most recent work is the novel Dead Low Tide, a literary page-turner set in the swampy North Carolina world where Lott himself has made his home and where he has been teaching at the College of Charleston.

“His fiction has movement to it and leans toward the genre of gothic southern mystery,” Schaap says. Lott has stellar literary credentials, having served as editor of the Southern Review and presently serving as the non-fiction editor of the literary magazine Crazyhorse. He is the author of 13 books—novels, a memoir, and two short story collections.

Christianity Today says, “Bret Lott is a true-blue evangelical who writes literary fiction that New York takes seriously (and Oprah loves).”

Lott will also meet informally with readers and those interested at the Sioux Center Library at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Prof. James Schaap at

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