This past weekend, Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, at a church in Massachusetts, I had one of my very best experiences ever as a writer.
Saturday night I spoke about Bieganski. Sunday morning I spoke about God through Binoculars.
The audience was beautiful. Very intelligent, thoughtful, curious, feeling, aware, and gracious.
Both Bieganski and God through Binoculars are potentially controversial books. One is about Polish-Jewish relations, ethnic strife, and stereotyping. One is about despair and "the dark night of the soul."
The audiences at both events listened carefully and asked questions that showed that they were engaged. I brought some copies of two of my books and sold out both.
At both events delicious homemade food was served, including smoked kielbasa and pierogis at the Bieganski event.
I met many of the audience members and they were some of the nicest people I've talked to in a while. I received very kind and supportive feedback for my work.
Most of my talks about Bieganski have been to academic audiences, and all too many members of academic audiences don't hear anything I say. As soon as question time comes, they just beat their own favorite drum.
This event was a healing balm. People really listened, and they said encouraging things. This rarely happens.
I cannot thank enough the gracious church members of Massachusetts who allowed me to talk about my work.
If you want to support the work that I do, please invite me to speak.