Recently, back on November 2nd, Canongate hosted Belmont Abbey professor and award-winning author, Dr. Joshua Hren, who presented Fiction as Strange as Truth: Making Sense of Flannery O’Connor.
This was the second event in Canongate’s Great Conversation Guest Speaker Series.
Joshua Hren, Ph.D. is Co-Founder and Assistant Director of the Honors College at Belmont Abbey. He is also founder and editor-in-chief of Wiseblood Books. His first academic book is Middle-earth and the Return of the Common Good: J.R.R. Tolkien and Political Philosophy. His first collection of short stories, This Our Exile (Angelico Press) received an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Christianity and Literature Book of the Year Award. His second collection of short stories, In the Wine Press, is forthcoming (Angelico Press) in 2020.
Doors open at 6:30 pm for fellowship, and Dr. Wren opened his address at 7:30 with a reading from In the Wine Press. The focus of his lecture was to shed light on the mind and heart of an important writer in the Catholic Literary Revival who said once: “All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless and brutal.”
Stay tuned for the next event in the series. Admission is free. And the conversation great!