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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Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.