Speaking at Thomas Aquinas College, September 8, 2017
I am thrilled to announce that I have signed with Catholic Answers Press to write a memoir that will tell the story of how I went from a Judaism to agnosticism and Evangelical Christianity to find my home in the heart of the Catholic Church.
With Brian Wilson after interviewing him in August 1988
The memoir will share how the Lord reached me through the people I knew and the events I experienced, including my journey through the world of rock journalism and New York City tabloids. Tentatively titled Sunday Will Never Be the Same: My Quest for Infinite Love, from Rock to Rome, it should appear in the spring of next year.
It is an honor to join the wonderful roster of authors at Catholic Answers Press. I have long appreciated the vital work that Catholic Answers accomplishes in its media apostolate, and have been blessed to appear several times on their syndicated radio program "Catholic Answers Live" (most recently in February). Please say a prayer for me as I prepare to complete the book this summer.
I love this creative flyer that the good folks at Benedictine College created for my talk there next Friday, April 13. It will be my first time setting foot in the great state of Kansas. The event is open to the public and I am looking forward to meeting my local readers.
This week's episode of "EWTN Pro-Life Weekly" features an interview with me about the new book I edited by Francis Canavan, S.J., Fun Is Not Enough. I am grateful to Catherine Hadro, the program's host, for giving me the opportunity to talk about how Father Canavan's brilliant writing and priestly wisdom inspired me in my own vocation as a Catholic author and professor.
Something different for you today: I had the opportunity last week to participate in Holy Apostles College and Seminary's Fides et Ratio series, in which faculty share their research with one another. Here is a recording of my talk, which was on the chapter of my dissertation in which I discuss Pope St. John Paul II's theology of suffering.
February 8 marks twenty-nine years since Del Shannon left this world much too soon, dying by his own hand. Every time the anniversary comes, I think about how kind he was to let a twenty-year-old budding rock historian interview him, as I did on May 13, 1989. Del was extremely generous with his time and spoke openly about his life, career, and personal struggles. Little did I know it would be his last comprehensive interview.
In the early days of CDs, my friend Michael Mazzarella of the Rooks thoughtfully volunteered to digitize my cassette interview with Del. Although I went on to write up the interview for Goldmine under my pen name Dawn Eden, and I later used it in my liner notes for the This Is Del Shannon CD, I have never shared the audio of the interview—until now. As an extra bonus, there is an aircheck of WCBS-FM disc jockey Bob Shannon (no relation) in which he uses part of my interview. I was an intern for Bob at the time (and would love to know where he is now).
It is nearly thirty years since his death and the hurt doesn't go away. Please, in your kindness, say a prayer for the repose of Charles Westover.
This week, EWTN Radio's Celtic Connections offered a preview of a radio series I recorded with Father Frankie Mulgrew based on the Catholic edition of my book The Thrill of the Chaste, which has sold more than 25,000 copies in five languages. Listen at 34:20 for the preview.
Judge James L. Buckley says of Fun Is Not Enough, “[An] impressive book. I hadn’t been familiar with Father Canavan’s writings, but I am finding his columns a profoundly instructive delight.”
All proceeds from sales of Fun Is Not Enough go to support the mission of Human Life Review.
*UPDATE, 1/23/18: Although the free offer has expired, readers who purchase the Kindle edition of Fun Is Not Enough and post a review on Amazon.com will still be entered into a drawing to win one of five free paperback copies. Please note that only reviews that are marked "Verified Purchase" will be considered for the drawing.