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.