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Greg Garrett is a novelist, memoirist, and theologian and cultural critic who has written or co-written twenty critically-acclaimed books, and published forty short stories in the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. His debut novel Free Bird was chosen by Publishers' Weekly and the Denver Rocky Mountain News as one of the top fiction debuts of 2002, and many have been moved by his autobiographical writing on depression and faith, Crossing Myself and No Idea, but he may be best known for his books on religion, politics, and culture; BBC Radio has called him "one of America's leading voices on religion and culture," and his books exploring film, U2, Harry Potter, and other topics have been widely read and used in classrooms and churches. His newest book is The Prodigal, a novel written with the legendary Brennan Manning, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly.
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, Commonweal, Men's Health, and many other broadcast, print, and web publications. Greg also writes regularly for Patheos, The Huffington Post, and for print and web publications ranging from The Washington Post to Poets & Writers. He is currently doing thinking, research, and writing on a book for Oxford University Press on the afterlife in literature and culture.
Greg is an award-winning Professor of English at Baylor University, Writer in Residence at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Residential Scholar at Gladstone's Library in Hawarden, Wales, and a licensed lay preacher based at St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. He lives in Austin with his family. 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.