The Young Atheist’s Handbook – Interview, Reader’s Guide And Teaching Notes Now Out

Tremendous thanks again to Alom Shaha for agreeing to an interview for the Token Skeptic podcast prior to his successful Australian tour.

He’s got a number of interviews out that I’ve mentioned, such as 3RR and John Safran, but I’m so very pleased to announce that Embiggen Books features a transcript of my one!

Alom Shaha: I feel like I’m on the verge of having a massive change in my life.

I’m an unknown writer. I’m a new writer, and I’ve had some very good friends, people whose opinion matters to me, read the book. They’ve been, I think, very surprised at how personal it is. To be honest, I probably haven’t quite come to terms with that, and I’ll be confronted with it when I have conversations like the one I’ve just had with you, when somebody says, “Oh, I already knew that about you,” because I’ve written it in the book. As I said, I think that will be interesting.

…I’m nervous that some people will just have a knee-jerk reaction to the book, will literally judge the book by its cover. That’s sad, really.

You can read the full interview over at the Embiggen Books blog.

Here’s a picture of Canon Frank Sheehan, the School Chaplain and Director of the Centre for Ethics at Christ Church Grammar School, looking very happy with Alom’s book. Unfortunately the recording I made wasn’t the best due to phone interference nearby, but here’s a bit from what said about it at UWA:

“I’d like to say that Alom’s book (which is the only one I’ve read thus far) is one that we’d use at our school, in our religious education class. I think it’s a wonderful book, a very beautiful book and it’s a book that should be engaged with.”

Thus I’m very proud to say that the Reader’s Guide / Teaching notes for The Young Atheist’s Handbook features on Alom Shaha’s site:

Teaching Notes for The Young Atheist’s Handbook.pdf

About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a former Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide. She regularly presents a news and current affairs show on RTRFM's The Mag (tune in on Tuesdays!).
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science. She files her nails while they drag the lake.