NEW DATE FOR BOOK FAIR
SATURDAY, MARCH 17
It’s often said that God laughs at the elaborate plans we make. If that’s true, He must have had Himself quite a good chuckle when a veritable blizzard wiped out the Catholic Authors of Michigan mini-book fair which had originally been set for February 10.
But perhaps God also blesses those things that amuse Him, because the rescheduled event — now set for Saturday, March 17 — is going to be even bigger than the affair first planned.
EWTN personality Teresa Tomeo is still headlining this gathering of Michigan-based Catholic authors (among whom, I humbly remind you, is moi, Bill Kassel, yours truly). But some other fine writers have been added.
Here’s the current line-up…
- Teresa Tomeo — host of the daily morning talk show, “Catholic Connection.” Teresa has written several inspirational books, including Beyond Me, My Selfie & I: Finding Real Happiness in a Self-Absorbed World; and others. She appears regularly on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), and speaks throughout the country with a special focus on women’s issues and the corrosive influence of media.
- Gary Michuta — a popular catechetical speaker and religious education specialist. An expert on Catholic Church history and doctrine, Gary is a frequent guest on Christian radio and television shows. His books include Why Catholic Bibles are Bigger and Hostile Witnesses: How the Historic Enemies of the Church Prove Christianity.
- Dr. Brian Bradford — a renowned scholar of comparative religions, concentrating on the timely topic of Islam and the Middle East. His many books include Muhammad’s Jesus, an examination of how Muslims understand Christ; and Islamic Jerusalem: The Invention of a Holy City, which argues that Muslim concern about Jerusalem’s religious importance is an expression of Islamic supremacy.
- Margaret Rose Realy — master gardener, speaker and retreat leader. Formerly coordinator of the St. Francis Retreat Center Garden Society in DeWitt, Margaret Rose is the author of A Garden of Visible Prayer, A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac, and other books. She writes regularly on gardening and spirituality for Catholic Digest, CatholicMom.com, and Patheos.com.
- Frank Pomarico — Notre Dame football team captain under legendary coach Ara Parseghian. His book, Ara’s Knights, offers an insider’s perspective on a sports giant whose wisdom and influence extended beyond the playing field and still inspire his players.
- Thomas P. Hawkins — author of The Valiant Years, a reflection on growing up in the shadow of World War II.
- Gene Hausman — author of Catholics Do It By the Bible, an exploration of the scriptural roots of Catholic practices.
- And don’t forget me — Bill Kassel — author of My Brother’s Keeper, a novel about the family of Jesus.
The event is still being sponsored by Good Shepherd Catholic Radio of Jackson, Michigan. As before, it will be held right in the Good Shepherd studios, located at 704 N. East Avenue, Jackson, on the grounds of St. Joseph Oratory.
Action begins at 11:00 a.m. And since March 17 is also St. Patrick’s Day, wearin’ a wee bit o’ th’ green would certainly be appropriate.
We’re going to have refreshments. So who knows? — maybe there’ll be a little Irish fare included.
And of course, you can take a tour of Good Shepherd’s facilities, from which this AM/FM station broadcasts across south-central Michigan with programming from EWTN and Ave Maria Radio.
Incidentally, there’s an adoration chapel on the premises, so you can pop in for a wee bit o’ prayer as well.
For further information call: 517-513-3340.
Now just pray that the weather holds, and the Lord doesn’t have another foiled plan to chuckle over.