Gregory Wolfe, English Department Editor-in-Residence, will read from his new book, The Operation of Grace, which collects a decade’s worth of insightful essays first published in the pages of Image, a journal of spirituality and the arts.
Saturday, December 5, 7:00 p.m.
Elliot Bay Book Company
This reading is free and open to the public.
About The Operation of Grace: Wolfe’s explorations are located in the sometimes fraught, always fruitful intersection of art and faith—with a profound openness to divine mystery. “Mystery lies in the borderland between the knowable and the unknowable,” Wolfe writes. Whether his subject is ancient cave painting, the writing of Samuel Johnson, Andrei Tarkovsky’s filmography, or childhood asthma, he strides toward this “borderland” and shows us it is teeming with life.
The Operation of Grace represents a decade of Wolfe’s gentle insistence that art and religion offer illuminating analogies to one another: art deepens faith through the empathetic reach of the imagination and faith anchors art in a vision beyond the artist’s ego. This volume demonstrates once again why novelist Ron Hansen has spoken of Wolfe as “one of the most incisive and persuasive voices of our generation.”