I am most pleased to tell you that William Lobdell, an award-winning journalist from the LATimes, who is also a new book author, as well as a blog writer, college lecturer and public speaker and media consultant, will be in NYC this coming Saturday to talk about and read from his hot-off-the-presses book, Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America -- and Found Unexpected Peace.
When: Saturday, March 14, 300pm - 430pm
Where: The third floor of the Muhlenberg Branch of the Public Library, 209 W. 23rd St (23rd & 7th) [map]
What: Meet the author for a book reading/signing
NYC's Center for Inquiry (CFI) and the Secular Humanist Society of New York have joined together to present a special, free "Meet the Author" event featuring William Lobdell, who will read from and sign his new book, Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America -- and Found Unexpected Peace. This book tells the fascinating story about how Lobdell, a devout evangelical Christian working the religion beat for the Los Angeles Times, ended up as an atheist only eight years later.
Brief Bio: Lobdell worked for 18 years with the Los Angeles Times and its sister newspapers, covering religion for The Times for eight years, first as a columnist and then as a beat reporter. He earned several national awards for his work before becoming a metro editor for the paper in 2006. He left the paper in 2008. Lobdell has also been a visiting faculty member for 12 years at the University of California, Irvine, where he teaches "Religion and the Media" and "The Internet, Blogs and Politics."
Lobdell will talk about his book, then he take questions from the audience. The event will end around 4:30, at which time everyone will walk to Pongsri, a nearby Thai restaurant at 165 23rd street (23rd & 7th) [map]. There, Lobdell will sign books or you can buy a copy if you don't yet own one. Lobdell is very kindly sending me a review copy of his book so, with some luck, I might have a review published on my blog before this event takes place.