Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry's 5th annual Search for Meaning Book Festival on Saturday, March 9 was met with clear skies and a record-breaking crowd. Thousands were in attendance throughout the course of the day for general sessions, keynote presentations and interactive art expression in the form of live artists, art stations and a reading nook. We are deeply grateful to our Title Sponsors, Robert and Laura Ellen Muglia, as the Festival would not have been possible without their generous support. We are thrilled that they have agreed to be our Title Sponsors again for 2014! Our partners, Elliott Bay Book Company and the Seattle University Bookstore, provided great customer care for attendees as they purchased books and had them signed in person by their favorite authors. Immense gratitude is due our incredible 40+ authors, who gave generously of their time--many of them traveling distances to attend. Each author not only shared valuable thoughts and reflections from their areas of study, but created a safe space for Festival participants to engage themes that ultimately impact their everyday lives. Thank you. Photos of the event are available on facebook.com/searchformeaning, with a few snapshots below. Special thanks are due to our 150+ energetic and hospitable volunteers, many of whom took on extended responsibilities to help the Festival succeed. Thanks to the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the School as well as throughout the University. We owe a debt of gratitude to Seattle University's President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., for his enthusiastic support of this endeavor, as well as to University Advancement, Alumni Relations, School of Law, Albers School of Business, Human Resources, Bon Appétit, Conference & Event Services, ITCS: Classroom & Event Tech Support, Facilities, Public Safety and Reprographics for their outstanding partnership for this important regional event. Planning for the 2014 Search for Meaning Book Festival is already in motion. Stay tuned for more soon!
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