Friday, April 26, 3 p.m. at The Residence at Otter Creek
Jay Parini will present and discuss his new novel, The Damascus Road: A Novel of Saint Paul. Event is free and open to the public.
Parini is a poet, novelist, and biographer who teaches at Middlebury College. In The Damascus Road, Parini brings Paul of Tarsus, a prosperous tentmaker and Jewish scholar as well as a fascinating and ever-controversial figure, to full human life, capturing his visionary passions and vast contradictions. On the road to Damascus, Paul had some sort of blinding vision, a profound conversion experience that transformed him into the most effective and influential messenger Christianity has ever had. And with the alternating voice of the Gospel writer Luke, Paul's travel companion, scribe, and ghostwriter, a cooler perspective on his actions and beliefs emerges -- ironic but still filled with wonder at Paul's unshakable commitment to the Christ and his divinity.
Parini's six books of poetry include New and Collected Poems, 1975-2015. He has written eight novels, including The Last Station, which was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer. His biographical subjects include John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, William Faulkner, and, most recently, Gore Vidal. His nonfiction works include Jesus: The Human Face of God, Why Poetry Matters, and Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America.