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Signature Event

Written by Mike Thee
January 11, 2012

One of the nation’s largest annual book festivals will take place at Seattle University on Saturday, Feb. 4, when the School of Theology and Ministry hosts the fourth annual Search for Meaning Book Festival. The event will feature more than 40 locally, nationally and internationally renowned authors on issues of spirituality, faith and social justice.

Now in its fourth year, the book festival advances the School of Theology and Ministry’s commitment to promoting ecumenism and interfaith dialogue. Last year’s festival drew a record-setting 1,000 attendees; over 2,000 have already registered for this year’s event.

“The book festival is now a signature event for the university, broadening our reach…on matters of faith, ethics and religious meaning,” STM dean Mark Markuly said. “The event creates a space for people to explore the things they hold deepest in their heart and the precious values and attitudes that give meaning to their life, and to do so with people who may hold very different values and attitudes.”

The 2012 festival’s keynote speakers are New York Times bestseller and chaplain of “The Colbert Report,” James Martin, S.J., and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver. The other authors include poet David Whyte, novelist David Guterson and Buddhist writer Michael Lisagor, as well as a politically timely Mormon and evangelical dialogue by the authors of Bridging the Divide: The Continuing Conversation between a Mormon and an Evangelical.

All authors are available for book signings. Elliott Bay Book Company and Seattle University Bookstore will provide books for purchase.