Thursday, October 22, 2009

I'll Be In NYC Reading and Doing a Q & A Nov 5

Hi if you are in NYC please come along! Best, Frank

Contact Person:
Nathan Schneider, Senior Editor of Killing the Buddha
(703) 967-7217 /
Former Evangelical Leader to Advise Patience with God in November 5th Reading

Thursday, November 5th, 2009
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lolita Bar
266 Broome Street, New York, NY

October 22, 2009 - NEW YORK, NY - Nobody knows better than Frank Schaeffer what he’s up against. Together with his father Francis, he was one of the architects of the modern conservative evangelical movement, and he has lived to tell the tale. On November 5th at Lolita Bar in New York City, he will read from his new book, Patience with God, a celebration of the wide middle ground between fundamentalist religion and the new strident atheism, in an evening sponsored by Killing the Buddha.

As someone who has known personally some of the last half-century’s greatest religious power brokers, Schaeffer pulls no punches. “He names names but is an equal opportunity assailant,” writes Donna Chavez in her review of Patience with God in Booklist. The book, published by Da Capo, appears on shelves this month.

Frank Schaeffer is the author of many books, including novels, memoirs, and, in his former life, conservative Christian polemics. In 2007, he published Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back. In the New Statesman, Jeff Sharlet called it “a brilliant book, a portrait of fundamentalism painted in broad strokes with streaks of nuance, the twinned coming-of-age story of Frank and the Christian right.” In addition to being a writer who overcame severe dyslexia, Schaeffer has been a self-taught documentary movie director and a director and producer of four low-budget Hollywood features.

Killing the Buddha ( is an online religion magazine for people made anxious by churches, people embarrassed to be caught in the “spirituality” section of a bookstore, people both hostile and drawn to talk of God. Since 2000, it has published uncommon commentary, journalism, reviews, fiction, art, and more about religion, politics, and culture. The site has spawned two books: Killing the Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible (Free Press, 2004) and Believer, Beware: First-Person Dispatches from the Margins of Faith (Beacon, 2009), which Library Journal calls “shocking, exhilarating, and never dull—highly recommended.”

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