Scott Cairns in Seattle!

Scott Cairns Reading at Elliott Bay Book Co.

Saturday, February 9, 5:00 p.m.

Please join Image as poet, essayist, and Eastern Orthodox convert Scott Cairns reads from his new memoir Short Trip to the Edge: Where Earth Meets Heaven – A Pilgrimage, a chronicle of a unique midlife crisis manifested in the desperate need to seek out prayer.

Provoked by the realization that his spiritual life was “progressing at a snail’s pace,” Cairns traveled to an Orthodox monastery on the Greek island of Mt. Athos, hoping to find a spiritual mentor. Cairns looks back on his journey with down-to-earth wit, in prose that is “earthy and blessedly not sacharrine,” offering a “unique and often compelling perspective on life as a pilgrim” (Publishers Weekly).

Cairns will also read from Love’s Immensity: Mystics on the Endless Life, a gathering of new translations and adaptations from Christian mystics spanning the 1st through 19th centuries.

Scott Cairns has published several books of poetry and prose, including Compass of Affection and Philokalia, and his writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Books & Culture, and Image issues 05, 21, 31, 32, and 47. He was recently named a Guggenheim Fellow.

For directions to Elliott Bay Book Company, click here. This event is free and open to the public.

Questions? Call 206.281.2988 or email Julie Mullins.

Julie Mullins
Program Director
(206) 281-2988

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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.