In Nashville on Friday? Come to Belmont University to be enlightened and amazed. Jonathan Rogers live, one day only. Held in the Massey Business Center, Room 103 @ 10:00am.
Her stories are known for their shocking violence and their seedy, white-trash atmospherics, but Flannery O’Connor led a most devout, well-regulated, and conventional life on a Middle Georgia dairy farm. “Many of my ardent admirers would be roundly shocked and disturbed,” O’Connor wrote, “if they realized that everything I believe is thoroughly moral, thoroughly Catholic, and that it is these beliefs that give my work its chief characteristics.” In his lecture, biographer Jonathan Rogers explores the paradoxes of Flannery O’Connor’s life and work, in which grace comes not like a gentle rain, but like a thunderstorm, destroying even as it illuminates.
Jonathan Rogers lives and teaches in Nashville. Besides four novels, he has also published books on C.S. Lewis and St. Patrick. His biography of Flannery O’Connor—The Terrible Speed of Mercy—will be published in June 2012.