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Author Eric Metaxas to Speak at Malone

eric metaxasAuthor Eric Metaxas will appear at Malone University at several events October 26 – 27, including two morning chapel services and an evening program.  He will be the featured speaker Tuesday, October 26 at 10:30 a.m., and Wednesday, October 27, at 10:05 a.m. – both at the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue NW in Canton.

Metaxas will also speak about and read from his new book, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy as part of this fall's Creative Writing Reading Series on Tuesday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. This event will be in the Johnson Center dining room, 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton.  All programs are free and open to the public.

From his website:

Eric Metaxas has written for VeggieTales, Chuck Colson, and the New York Times, three things not ordinarily in the same sentence. He is a best-selling author whose biographies, children’s books, and works of popular apologetics have been translated into Albanian, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, and Macedonian.

Born in New York City in 1963, he grew up in Danbury, Connecticut, attending the public schools there, and graduated from Yale University, where he served as editor of the Yale Record, the nation’s oldest college humor magazine.

Metaxas’ humor writing was first published in the Atlantic Monthly, and has appeared in The New York Times. Eric’s book and movie reviews, essays, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Regeneration Quarterly, Christianity Today, National Review Online, Beliefnet, and First Things.

From 1988-1992, Metaxas was editorial director and head writer for Rabbit Ears Productions, writing more than 20 children’s videos and books.  His Rabbit Ears videos have won numerous Parent’s Choice Awards and three Grammy nominations for Best Children’s Recording; they all aired on Showtime and as popular audio programs on NPR’s Rabbit Ears Radio.

Mr. Metaxas’ The Birthday ABC was chosen as a 1995 “Pick of the List” by the American Bookseller’s Association. Reviewers said the book’s light verse “sparkled” and “sizzled,” comparing it with Odgen Nash, Edward Lear, and Lewis Carroll. Eric’s many other children’s books include the Angel Award-winning Prince of Egypt A to Z, a tie-in to the Dreamworks film; and the acclaimed Uncle Mugsy & the Terrible Twins of Christmas. Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving was awarded an Amazon.com “Number One Bestseller” Award in 1999.

Eric’s newest children’s book, It’s Time to Sleep, My Love, illustrated by Nancy Tillman, had a first printing of 175,000 and debuted in Barnes&Noble.com’s Top 100 books in October 2008, where it was hailed as a “Goodnight Moon for the 21st century.” Sally Taylor, the daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon, wrote a lullabye song to Eric’s words, and sings it on the book’s audio cd.

Metaxas was for two years a writer and editor for Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint, a nationally syndicated daily radio program with over 400 stations and a weekly audience of five million. He then worked as a writer for VeggieTales, where he co-wrote Lyle the Kindly Viking, and provided the voice of the narrator on Esther. In 3-2-1 Penguins! he provided the voice for “President Wait-Your-Turn” and “Vacuum #10″. Eric’s children’s books for VeggieTales include the #1 bestseller God Made You Special! (over 600,000 copies in print), as well as Even Fish Slappers Deserve a Second-Chance and The Pirates Who (Usually) Don’t Do Anything, both also bestsellers. He is the author of the unproduced Gourd of the Baskervilles and an unproduced VeggieBook, The Boy Who Cried Waffle.

Metaxas has been frequently featured as a cultural commentator on CNN and the Fox News Channel; and has discussed his own books on C-Span’s Book TV and Hannity & Colmes. He has been featured on many radio programs, including NPR’s Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation, Hugh Hewitt, the Bob Grant Show, Janet Parshall’s America, Monica Crowley, and The Alan Colmes Show.  He is the founder and host of Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life.

Eric has debated at the Oxford Union, the world’s oldest debating society, and speaks widely on a variety of topics.  In 2007 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the prestigious British-American Project, the only person ever to have been afforded this privilege.

Eric’s acclaimed biography, Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery was published by HarperSanFrancisco, and is the “official companion book” to the feature film, also titled Amazing Grace. The book was #23 on the New York Times Bestseller list, and has been lauded by Stanley Crouch (”…a superb history of the British fight against slavery”; Former NYC Congressman Floyd Flake (”magnificent… will stand as a living landmark…”); John Wilson (”a crackling bonfire of clarity and truth.”); Rudy Giuliani (”better than the movie!”), and many others.

Eric’s Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask), came out in 2005.  The sequel, titled Everything ELSE You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask) was published in 2007.  A new book in the series titled Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (The Jesus Edition) was published earlier this year, as was his long-awaited biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, titled BONHOEFFER.

Eric attends Calvary/St. George’s Episcopal Church, and lives in Manhattan, New York, with his wife and daughter.