An Evening of Readings
What is faith? This question is explored by Roger Housden in his new book, Keeping the Faith Without a Religion ($21.95). Housden offers us readers a way to recognize and embrace the extraordinary mystery of our lives without resorting to dogmatic beliefs or nihilistic scientism. With his new work, Housden provides a guidebook for a growing population of free-thinking seekers-an inspiring call to step beyond the need for answers and trust ourselves to the unfolding of our singular, extraordinary life.
Ellen Bass brings a deft touch as she continues her ongoing interrogations of crucial moral issues of our times, while simultaneously delighting in endearing human absurdities. From the start of Like a Beggar ($16.00), Bass asks her readers to relax, even though "bad things are going to happen," because the "bad" gets mined for all manner of goodness. In the face of sorrow and suffering, with the ever-present awareness of our mortality and the increasing threat of environmental devastation, how do we find the courage to fully inhabit the moments of our lives? Mixing revelation, humor, despair, and awe, Bass holds a mirror of unflinching compassion in which we see our flawed and exquisitely beautiful selves.
Roger Housden spent decades traveling the world exploring spiritual teachings and learning from masters both East and West, including India, Turkey, and Greece. He has published twenty books, including three travel books, a novella, and the best-selling Ten Poems series. His work has been featured in the Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, and in the Los Angeles Times. Housden draws from the language of poetry, art, science and spiritual tradition to voice a secular spirituality for our times.
Ellen Bass's previous books include The Human Line, which was named a Notable Book by the San Francisco Chronicle, and Mules of Love, which won the Lambda Literary Award. She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women. Her work has been published in the New Yorker, the American Poetry Review, the New Republic, the Progressive, the Sun, and many other journals. Among her awards for poetry are a Pushcart Prize, the Elliston Book Award, the Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod/Hardman, the Larry Levis Prize from Missouri Review, and the New Letters Prize. She is core faculty of the MFA writing program at Pacific University.
Roger Housden and Ellen Bass will be reading from their new books, and talking about life, poetry, and what inspires them.
What is faith? It is not something we must receive from a religion, nor is it a quality we must abandon in order to become rational.
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"Ellen Bass's new poetry collection, "Like a Beggar," pulses with sex, humor and compassion."--"The New York Times"
"Bass tries to convey everyday wonder on contemporary experiences of sex, work, aging, and war. Those who turn to poetry to become confidants for another's stories and secrets will not be disappointed."--"Publishers Weekly"