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TODAY marks the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth…
 
This new collection of his prison letters has just been released for the occasion…

The Prison Letters
of Nelson Mandela

Compiled and Edited by
Sahm Venter

Hardback: Liveright, 2018
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NPR interviewed the editor of this collection.
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Carlo Petrini

Tomorrow, June 22, is the birthday of Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food Movement… 

 

In honor of his birthday, here are a few brief video clips which serve as a fine introduction to his work… 

 

*** Carlo Petrini is the author of 
numerous books, including:
Slow Food: The Case for Taste and 
Slow Food Nation: Why our Food Should be Good, Clean, and Fair

On Slow Food
and Terra Madre:

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One of the best new book releases
of this month is:

 

LOVE 

Matt de la Peña
Loren Long (Illustrator)

 
Hardback: Putnam, 2018
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Listen to an interview that the author and illustrator 
did with NPR’s All Things Considered:

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NPR is one of the many sources we look to for tips on excellent new books!
We especially love their interviews with authors.

 
Here is a Top 10 list of our favorite NPR author interviews of 2017…
 

#10 – Turtles All the Way Down:
A Novel

John Green

Hardback: Dutton.
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One of this week’s best new book releases is:

The Immortalists:
A Novel

Chloe Benjamin

Hardback: G.P. Putnam’s, 2017
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The novelist was recently interviewed by NPR’s Weekend Edition.
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In advance of the new movie adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s novel,

A Wrinkle in Time

FSG Books, 1963
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Television station CUNY-TV sat down with an astrophysicist and a biologist to talk about science in L’Engle’s space trilogy.
 
(HT: Sarah Arthur. Thanks for alerting us to this!)

*** Watch the movie trailer!

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November 15 marked the birthday of Alvin Plantinga, the noted philosopher, who was awarded the distinguished Templeton Prize this fall.

 
In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of brief video clips that introduce his legacy…

*** Books by Alvin Plantinga

Introduction (Templeton Prize):

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One of the best new book
releases of this week
 is …

I Can’t Breathe:
A Killing on Bay Street

Matt Taibbi

Hardback: Spiegel & Grau, 2017
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Listen to Matt Taibbi’s interview with NPR’s Terry Gross,
that aired this week…

 
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Interview with Mark Galli
Author of Karl Barth:
An Introductory Biography for Evangelicals

 

An essay by Christiane Tietz, published this summer, sheds new light on Karl Barth’s relationship with his secretary, Charlotte Von Kirschbaum. Recently released letters between Barth and Von Kirschbaum reveal “that Kirschbaum and Barth loved each other; more than that, they were lovers; more than that, Barth brought her to live in his own home with his wife and five kids. Barth was not willing to give Kirschbaum up, and it almost … came to divorce between Barth and his wife Nelly; but for some reason…, Nelly stayed with Barth in this intolerable situation.” (quoted from Bobby Grow’s summary of the Tietz essay).

In light of these new details, I had the opportunity to ask Mark Galli, author of a new biography of Karl Barth, Karl Barth: An Introductory Biography for Evangelicals (Eerdmans 2017), what they might mean for Christians, and especially those who identify as Evangelicals.
 
 
ERB: I appreciate that your new book encourages evangelicals to familiarize themselves with Karl Barth and his theological work. In light of the details above, and that evangelicals generally have strong convictions about traditional, monogamous marriage, does the case you are making become a tougher sell?
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Here’s a great video of Arden Reed introducing the concept of Slow Art, as explored in his new book:
 

Slow Art: The Experience of Looking, Sacred Images to James Turrell
Arden Reed

Hardback: U of California Press, 2017
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]
 
 

Slow Art in the Age of Instant Everything.
Listen to this talk from the Chicago Humanities Festival:

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