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April Literary Events at the Cathedral

03.16.18 | Children and Familes, Adult Formation

April Literary Events at the Cathedral

    The Cathedral has several readings, book club meetings, and literary events throughout the month of April.

    All books are available in the Cathedral Bookstore.

    Here is the schedule:




    Thursday, April 19
    Circle Up, Sister Friends Book Club
    6:30 p.m., McGehee Conference Room and Facebook Live. This women's book club will discuss Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. Contact KariAnn Lessner to learn more.

    Sunday, April 22
    The Red Envelope Project with author Chris Bridge
    Sunday morning, Cathedral Bookstore. The Bookstore kicks off the Red Envelope Project with Chris Bridge, an award-winning author, artist, teacher and literacy advocate whose uses her creative work to make a difference in the world.

    Her latest children’s book, Red Envelopes, celebrates the joy of giving and receiving unexpected messages of love any day of the year -- via red envelopes, sharing them with family, friends and those in our community who need a little extra kindness.

    Letters have a powerful impact on both the writer and the recipient. The author C.S. Lewis spent two hours every day writing letters. His biographer Clyde Kilby explained “The main cause [of Lewis’s faithful letter writing] was that Lewis believed taking time out to advise or encourage another Christian was both a humbling of one’s talents before the Lord and also as much the work of the Holy Spirit as producing a book.”

    In an age when feeling is most often expressed with emojis, a real letter that can be saved and reread is truly a treasure.

    While Lewis’ commitment to in-depth correspondence is inspirational, Bridge’s book presents a more accessible model -- and we don’t need to wait for a special day to get started. 

    Drop by the Bookstore to meet Chris and see her beautiful bilingual books with their important messages of love, literacy, acceptance, and appreciation. We’ll have 1000 red envelopes to share with you.  Grab a few, buy some stamps, and surprise people in your life with a burst of joy -- in their mailboxes, under their pillows, in their backpacks, or anywhere else you might be able to tuck a little love.

    We hope you’ll keep us posted about creative ways you discover to share your red envelopes and how it feels if you are lucky enough to receive one. As the philosopher William James said, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” Why wait for the calendar to tell you when to brighten someone’s day?


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    Tuesday, April 3
    Junot Díaz Reading
    6 p.m. Reception in the Cathedral Bookstore with an opportunity to make a card for the author and enjoy Dominican snacks.

    7 p.m., Reading in the Cathedral. Award-winning writer Díaz will read from his newest book, Islandborn, a book for 5-9 year-old children, available in English and Spanish. With Blue Willow Bookshop. (Adult tickets are the purchase of the book; free for children).

    Wednesday, April 4
    Dean’s Book Club 
    6:30–8 p.m., McGehee Conference Room. Discussing The Underground Railroad, a novel by Colson Whitehead (winner of the Pulitzer Prize).

    Monday, April 9
    St. Theresa's Book Club
    2 p.m., location TBD. This short story book club is currently discussing William Trevor's After Rain. Contact Sylvia Bernicchi to learn more.

    Tuesday, April 10
    Mohsin Hamid Reading
    7:30 p.m., Cathedral. In partnership with Brazos Bookstore, this prize-winning writer reads from his latest, Exit West. Tickets available here.