Higher Mysteries

Last month, you may recall, I urged you to drop what you were doing and come to listen to four fabulous ladies (or anyway, three fabulous ladies and me) talk about how we use religion and theology when writing crime fiction.  There’s a podcast on its way, but the excellent video has just gone up on YouTube.

The talk is a part of the lecture series bearing the name of my late husband, who taught religious studies in Africa and California, and dedicated his life to the dialogue between the world’s religions.  He lived and breathed theology, and although he didn’t really “get” fiction, could count on the fingers of one hand the novels he read apart from his wife’s (Things Fall Apart and The Satanic Verses were about it), and was never really convinced that what I was doing wasn’t actually the result of some very arcane research, he would have adored the discussion the four of us had.

It’s also the kind of panel I most enjoy, with both laughter and substance.  Thanks to the videographers Amy and Zena (the alpha and omega of the video world?) and to the Santa Cruz Public Library for hosting the event.  I hope you get even a scrap as much pleasure out of it as the four of us did.


  1. Dawn Smith on June 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Thanks Laurie for the webcast! This dignified conversation involving theology and religion magnifies my sense of veneration, and delights my sense of whimsy knowing the books that opened this door. Well done ladies! Please continue.

  2. Lacey on June 7, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I was looking forward to this, but I can’t get enough volume to hear it! Will the podcast possibly correct the problem?

    • Laurie King on June 8, 2013 at 6:57 am

      Oh dear, I wonder if others are having that problem? On my machine it sounds pretty good, so I thought it would be generally okay. I’ll see if there’s any way to kick it up on YouTube, but you might also try another device and see if you can get a better volume. The podcast is a whole different format, so if you usually can hear those okay, that should be fine for you. Sorry!

  3. Sheila B. on June 9, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I couldn’t get enough volume either, but found that I could hear it through headphones.

  4. Kate on June 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    What a fascinating discussion with some very thought provoking ideas raised. Thanks for making it available for all of us to share in. Volume’s fine for me!

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