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  1. Ignatius Press Novels

    First Chapter: Everywhere in Chains

    July 29, 2015 5:16 pm Leave a Comment

    Read the first chapter of the novel Everywhere in Chains by James Casper. If you like what you’re reading, visit the novel’s page to learn more or order! 1 The Mouse in the Wall Lake Superior is the largest, deepest, and coldest of the five Great Lakes. The other four… Read more »

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    Graham Greene’s Cobbled Road from St. Mary’s

    July 28, 2015 3:48 pm 2 Comments

    Graham Greene, often mentioned in these pages, had a troubled and chaotic relationship with the Catholic faith to which he converted the year before his marriage, so much so that his motives for conversion have even been questioned. At the same time, more than any writer of his day, he… Read more »

    Tags: catholic writers Graham Greene writing

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    Friday Links

    July 24, 2015 6:34 pm Leave a Comment

    Another week is over and it’s off to the weekend we go! Here’s a number of links that caught my eye this week: Holly Ordway reviews the new book on the Inklings, The Fellowship, for Catholic World Report. This book keeps popping up in my news feed—I really need to… Read more »

    Tags: chuck jones Flannery O'Connor harper lee hayao miyazaki links Piers Paul Read Pope Francis tim powers

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    The Pope and the Animator

    July 23, 2015 11:06 am 8 Comments

    “The aesthetic of the Pope’s reflections (on the tension between man and nature, the tendency of man to use technology to dominate others and the environment, and the ideal of an integral ecology) remind me of the films of Hayao Miyazaki. I think Miyazaki explores similar themes, although from a… Read more »

    Tags: animation film hayao miyazaki laudato si Pope Francis

  5. Ignatius Press Novels

    “We need Atticus Finch…”

    July 21, 2015 4:32 pm 1 Comment

    Those who have read T.M. Doran‘s novel Terrapin know that he is inspired by the work of Harper Lee. Doran is troubled by the newly released novel by Harper Lee. As he wrote previously in Catholic World Report, “Isn’t this decision to publish a sequel to Mockingbird—though Watchman is said… Read more »

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    Karl Schmude at The University Bookman has a new interview with Piers Paul Read, author of The Death of a Pope (and many other novels). Read is characteristically thoughtful and insightful in his comments about working as a writer, handling Catholic themes in contemporary literature, the hostility of modern culture… Read more »

    Tags: author interviews catholic writers Piers Paul Read writing

  7. John Herreid

    Next week my family heads out for a little vacation, so I’ll leave you readers with some links to enjoy. First, at the Word on Fire blog Daniel Stewart wades into the Star Wars vs Star Trek argument: As I considered the “Star Wars vs. Star Trek” question again, I… Read more »

    Tags: Georges Méliès Pixar Robert Hugh Benson sigrid undset Star Trek Star Wars The Inklings

  8. Ignatius Press Novels

    First Chapters: Poor Banished Children

    July 8, 2015 6:58 pm Leave a Comment

    Read the first chapters of the novel Poor Banished Children by Fiorella de Maria. If you like what you’re reading, visit the novel’s page to learn more or order! Dreams of the Dead Death has come for me again. The others are already lost. I heard their screams as I… Read more »

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    Traveling with Walker Percy

    June 25, 2015 2:12 pm 1 Comment

    In the summer of 1995, my wife and I––both Evangelical Protestants at the time–-took a trip with the Catholic novelist Walker Percy. He had died in 1990, but his presence was very much evident in Signposts In A Strange Land (Noonday Press, 1991, 1992), a posthumous collection of essays and… Read more »

    Tags: Literary Criticism Walker Percy

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    Praise Be for Art and Craft

    June 18, 2015 2:39 pm Leave a Comment

    The encyclical is out. Laudato Si’ has had perhaps the most breathless build-up of any Church document in the past few decades. Having had the chance to read and reflect upon it, and given that I’m often thinking about writing and art, one aspect of the encyclical which struck home… Read more »

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