Mary Doria Russell visits Seattle.

When I finally shift gears and start publishing the novels I’ve been working on for the past decade, I can only hope to strike the kind of balance that author Mary Doria Russell achieves in hers. Have you discovered her yet?

Anne and I have admired her for years. The Sparrow and Children of God are among the most enthralling spiritual dramas I’ve read, and they’re set in a dazzling, imaginative science fiction context. The backdrop is spectacular, and yet the characters live and breathe and affect us so intensely that we laugh with them, grieve with them, and share their yearning for peace.

Tonight, Russell is reading from her new book, A Thread of Grace, at Third Place Books in North Seattle. If you’re in the Seattle area, don’t miss it. If you’re not, watch for Russell to visit your town sometime soon.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.