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  1. Dan at Ignatius

    Percy at 100

    March 30, 2016 5:31 am Leave a Comment

    The third annual Walker Percy Weekend is being held in St. Francisville, Louisiana. The first was at the time briefly noted in this space, and an organizer recently reached out to say “come on over” this year. (Not “come on over and we’ll cover the entry fee”, alas.) If crawdad… Read more »

    Tags: American South Catholic culture conferences culture links novelists novels Walker Percy

  2. Rose Trabbic

    Discovering the treasures of novelist Louis de Wohl

    September 15, 2014 7:30 am 7 Comments

    Several years ago, I bought a novel by Louis de Wohl as a birthday present for my husband. At the time, I was a little burned out on stories about the saints, so I gave no thought to reading it myself. Fast forward three years, and I am given the… Read more »

    Tags: historical fiction history Louis de Wohl novelists recommendations saints St. Augustine St. Francis of Assisi St. Helena St. Ignatius of Loyola St. Thomas Aquinas The Golden Thread The Joyful Beggar The Living Wood The Quiet Light The Restless Flame

  3. Iota cover

    Iota: A Review

    September 3, 2014 6:30 am Leave a Comment

    This review originally appeared in Ignatius Novels author Roger B. Thomas’s personal blog, A Prince of the West (post here). Reprinted in full with permission. I’ve heard it said that if the world made sense, men would ride sidesaddle. I’m going to up that by claiming that if the world… Read more »

    Tags: historical fiction history Iota novelists reviews T.M. Doran Terrapin Toward the Gleam World War II

  4. Dan at Ignatius

    Conferring about the Catholic Literary Imagination

    July 30, 2014 12:53 pm Leave a Comment

    I really need to do a round-up of all of the reams that have been poured out about the Catholic and otherwise Christian literary landscape since this site began and we pointed out a bunch of Catholic upstarts (not forgetting ourselves!). Without going into it all, though, see how much… Read more »

    Tags: Alice McDermott Catholic culture Catholic literature conferences Dana Gioia novelists Ron Hansen Tobias Wolff

  5. Dan at Ignatius

    Walker Percy Gets Conferenced

    June 9, 2014 2:41 pm 1 Comment

    They were turning people away over at Rod Dreher’s moderately sized Walker Percy conference in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Which may come as a surprise to anyone who didn’t know there was any sort of Walker Percy conference going on anywhere. Or a Walker Percy walking bourbon tour and crawfish boil,… Read more »

    Tags: American South Catholic culture Catholic literature conferences culture festivals links literature novelists Walker Percy

  6. Meryl Kaleida

    A Good Character Makes a Good Friend

    May 14, 2014 12:12 pm 5 Comments

    In my last post on Suffering and Inspiration, I mentioned that an author’s life can often give birth to the ideas for their characters. There are good reasons for this. A good character is built on events and people that an author has experienced. The human experience and other humans… Read more »

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  7. Why Waugh?

    April 10, 2014 12:07 pm 3 Comments

    If you made a list of writers who are masters at storytelling, masters of humor, and masters of English prose, it would be a short list. One who belongs on this list is Evelyn Waugh. British novelist and journalist, Evelyn Waugh, had three books listed among the Modern Library’s 100… Read more »

    Tags: Catholic literature Evelyn Waugh literature novelists S.S. Van Dine satire

  8. James Casper

    The Sometimes Unseemly Art of Self-Promotion

    March 17, 2014 2:56 pm 2 Comments

    There is nothing new about writers promoting themselves and their writing. Writers have only recently had television talk shows, Internet, and Facebook, but they have always found ways of bringing themselves to public attention. Notoriety was one way: Sir Thomas Malory is reported to have written Le Morte d’Arthur while… Read more »

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  9. Dorothy Cummings McLean

    Who is a Catholic Novelist?

    December 3, 2013 8:50 am 12 Comments

    Among the many challenges of Roman Catholic life since 1963 is the tension between fidelity and inclusiveness. On the one hand, to be a Roman Catholic is to be faithful to Christ–not in some vague way, but in loving knowledge of Scripture, the sacraments and the teachings of His Church…. Read more »

    Tags: Catholic literature Evelyn Waugh novelists

  10. Piers Paul Read

    The Catholic Novelist in a Secular Society

    September 6, 2013 1:46 pm Leave a Comment

    An excerpt from Piers Paul Read’s essay “The Catholic Novelist in a Secular Society”, from his book Hell and Other Destinations: The Catholic writer has to acknowledge that today’s non-Catholic reader may be put off his fiction by his Catholicism… Of course such an orthodox Catholic author may have his… Read more »

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