Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Visit to the Wardrobe

Next week I am on my way to visit THE wardrobe. My first stop en route will be Indianapolis where I will be speaking to the Central Indiana C. S. Lewis Society about Lewis' relationship with Sister Penelope and The Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage, England. That event will take place on Monday, November 1, 7-9 pm, at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, 34th & Central in Indianapolis.

Then on Friday, November 5, at 3:30 pm, I will be giving a lecture at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, on the Spiritual Themes in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. That event will take place in the Phelps Room of the Beamer Student Center, lower level, south end. Wheaton College is located at 501 College Avenue, Wheaton, Illinois.

Finally, I will arrive at the wardrobe on Saturday, November 6, at 11:15 am. I will be offering a talk to children and youth, and most likely a reading from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, while sitting right next to the wardrobe in the museum of The Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College. The Wade Center is located at 351 E. Lincoln Avenue in Wheaton. For more information visit: http://www.wheaton.edu/wadecenter/news/news.html.

At all of these events I will be signing copies of The Hidden Story of Narnia.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Hidden Story of Narnia in California

It was a thoroughly delightful time this past Wednesday night, speaking to the Southern California C. S. Lewis Society about the spiritual themes in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and signing copies of my new book, The Hidden Story of Narnia.

Pictured above is me with Sonny Salsbury, the man who was my youth pastor during the days when I was growing up at La Jolla Presbyterian Church in La Jolla, California. This was the first time that Sonny and I were able to meet in over 25 years. What a great time!

Sonny is one of the biggest Narnia fans I know. He deepened my interest in C. S. Lewis and Narnia during my days in junior high and high school. Sonny opened the evening with the C. S. Lewis Society by singing his song Aslan is Near. For more information about Sonny and his ministry, click on this link: http://www.rembarecords.com/?page=shop/artist_detail&category_id=693e123f16bdba8ae5fb9508bcf6890d&artist_name=Sonny%20Salsbury

Special thanks to my hosts, Doug and Martha Beyer who provided accommodation, and to Edie Dougherty who provided transportation. It's wonderful to have such good friends, old and new, in California.

As I leave to return home I leave you with one nice photo from my visit, on this trip, to my old hometown of La Jolla....

Next stop on the Hidden Story of Narnia Book Tour: Indianapolis, on Monday night, November 1. Check out my web site for more info: www.willvaus.com/events.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hidden Story of Narnia in Arizona

I spent three wonderful days in Arizona, speaking about C. S. Lewis and signing copies of my newest book, The Hidden Story of Narnia.

On Sunday, October 17 I preached in two worship services at the First Presbyterian Church of Mesa. I really enjoyed both the traditional and contemporary services there. The people were most friendly and many stopped by my book table between services to chat and get their books signed.

On Monday, October 18, I spoke at Grand Canyon University. In addition to a number of students and faculty from the college, we had 50 high school students from the Community Church of Joy in attendance. These high school students asked some very good questions. I especially appreciated meeting and speaking briefly with some of the foreign exchange students in the group.

Then on Tuesday, October 19 I spoke to a group of about 75 people at Christ Presbyterian Church in Goodyear, Arizona. Wow, what a friendly and gracious group! Great enthusiasm, and again, fantastic questions about C. S. Lewis, his life and work.

Thanks to all my hosts: Brant Baker and Kirk Sexton of First Pres Mesa, Dr. Jim Helfers, Dr. Lisa St. Louis and all the faculty at Grand Canyon who were so helpful, and Bob Simmons, Pastor of Christ Pres in Goodyear. However, the lion's share of my gratitude goes to Bruce and Laurie Johnson who provided very caring and gracious hospitality in their lovely home in Scottsdale for three days and four nights.

Now I am in the Los Angeles area where I will speak to the Southern California C. S. Lewis Society meeting at Azusa Pacific University tonight. I hope to give a report on that meeting in the coming days.....

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Austin Texas

Last week I was in Austin, Texas where I gave the annual C. S. Lewis lecture at Concordia University (pictured above).

One of my hosts was Dr. Joel Heck, Professor of Theology at Concordia. Dr. Heck is the author of Irrigating Deserts: C. S. Lewis on Education. He has a C. S. Lewis related web site here: www.joelheck.com.

In the evening I spoke to The Friends of Fine Arts and Communication at Texas State University San Marcos. My presentation was preceded by wine and h'ors d'oeuvres pool-side at the beautiful home of one of my hosts.

I was introduced by Dr. Steven Beebe, Regents' and University Distinguished Professor, Chair of the Department of Communication Studies and Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Texas State. In addition to his duties at Texas State, Dr. Beebe teaches a course about C. S. Lewis and Communication at Oxford University.

My power point presentation for the evening was entitled: C. S. Lewis, Master Communicator. The presentation was well received and was followed by a book signing where a number of those gathered snapped up copies of all four of my books.

After the book-signing we retired to the home of Steve Beebe where I enjoyed perusing his wonderful collection of C. S. Lewis first editions, signed letters, and the only signed photo of C. S. Lewis known to exist. Below you can see some of Dr. Beebe's first editions of the Narnia books....

Next stop on the Hidden Story of Narnia Book Tour: Phoenix, Arizona. I will be speaking at First Presbyterian Church, Mesa, Arizona this coming Sunday morning. Then on Monday night I will speak at Grand Canyon University and Tuesday night at Christ Presbyterian Church in Goodyear. From there it is on to California where I will address the Southern California C. S. Lewis Society on Wednesday, October 20. Full details of the Hidden Story of Narnia Book Tour may be found here: www.willvaus.com/events.