More About the Author
Greg Garrett is an Austin, Texas author who has written or co-written twenty acclaimed books of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, forty short stories, and innumerable essays, articles, and op-ed pieces. His newest book is The Prodigal, a novel written with the legendary Brennan Manning, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. His first novel, Free Bird, was chosen by Publishers Weekly and the Denver Rocky Mountain News as one of the top debuts of 2002, and is one of three books being brought back into print in the summer of 2014 by Austin Heights Books (the others include the novel Cycling and the memoir Crossing Myself). BBC Radio has called Greg "one of America's leading voices on religion and culture," and his books exploring spirituality and suffering, film, U2, Harry Potter, and other topics have been widely read and used in classrooms, book groups, and churches. Greg is a past winner of the Pirate's Alley William Faulkner Prize for Fiction and a CASE Gold Medal for nonfiction, and is an elected member of the Texas Institute of Letters.
You may have heard (or read) Greg talking about his writing in person or in the media. A speaker who has appeared across the US and in Europe, his work has been covered by The New Yorker, USA Today, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, BBC Radio, BBC Scotland, National Public Radio, CBS Radio, msnbc.com, The Bob Edwards Show, The National Review, Poets & Writers, Commonweal, Men's Health, and many other broadcast, print, and web publications. Greg also writes regularly for Patheos, The Huffington Post, OnFaith, and for print and web publications ranging from The Washington Post to Poets & Writers. His next project will be a book for Oxford University Press on the afterlife in literature and culture, Entertaining Judgment, which will appear in January 2015.
Greg is the 2013 Baylor Centennial Professor at Baylor University, where he has taught since 1989. He also serves as Writer in Residence at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Residential Scholar at Gladstone's Library in Hawarden, Wales, and as a licensed lay preacher based at St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. His heroes include Martin Luther King, Barbara Jordan, Henry David Thoreau, Robert F. Kennedy, Desmond Tutu, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. His favorite authors include PD James, Walker Percy, Graham Greene, Nick Hornby, Barbara Brown Taylor (are you really still reading this?), Scott Fitzgerald, Ben Fountain, Rowan Williams, and Anne Lamott. His favorite color is blue (No, yellow!), his favorite guitar is a Taylor GS-7 acoustic, and he prefers both green and red chile (Christmas!) on his blue corn enchiladas. When he isn't traveling, Greg lives in Austin with his family.