Release Party & Triptych Events

Release month is here! Join us as we honor the power of story, searching, and creativity. And spread the word– particularly for the release party, Saturday, April 23, 7-9 pm at Art House North. (More details below.)

Save the dates:

Art Between: Magic and Failure in Creative Collaboration

Tuesday, April 5th at 10:20-11:00 am
Bethel University Library, Fireside Lounge

April, Kelsey, and the cover designers, Emily Swanberg and Heidi Kao, present on the magic of collaboration and the place of failure in the creative process followed by a time for Q&A. Refreshments provided.

Festival of Faith and Writing

April 14-16th
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Look for us around the Festival of Faith & Writing— certainly wherever Makoto Fujimura, George Saunders, Scott Cairns, Zadie Smith, and Nadia Bolz-Weber happen to be.

We’re collaborating with Ruminate for an off-site event (details to be announced), and Triptych will be available for purchase at the Wipf & Stock table and elsewhere. We’re excited to be part of this gathering of the faith-ful and literary (and to maybe see some tulips).


Thursday, April 21, 10:20-11:00 am
Bethel University Library, Fireside Lounge

April will read from Triptych and take questions. Students and non-students welcome. Refreshments provided.

Release Party!

Saturday, April 23rd, 7-9 pm
Art House North, 793 Armstrong Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102

Music, food and drinks, art-making, and a reading at 7:30. Books will be available for purchase (of course), and all are invited to contemplate, commune and create. Come raise a glass to the written word, the fight for beauty in the world, and the formative power of tenacious questions. Join us– bring a friend; meet some kindred spirits.

Updates and reminders for all events on Twitter (@TriptychMemoir).


Jewels from Festival of Faith & Writing

The Festival of Faith & Writing was short on tulips this year, but still rich in jewels from writers of many kinds.  Some glints from the riches:

“Make friends with really accomplished dead people.”
“Looking for truth can look like looking for trouble.”
“When you write about what you know, you point to an object– you elevate what you know. Instead, create a scene that provokes a way of knowing.”
Poet Scott Cairns

“Don’t try to write about your faith directly. Live your faith. Then write about your life and your faith will come out authentically.”
Comic book writer Gene Luen Yang

“Books are a military of reason and discourse.”
“I don’t need to spend time remembering my mistakes– other people will do plenty of that for me.”
Author and musician James McBride

“When we give our thinking to petty things, we become small souls.”
Author Richard Foster

“They sit down and get up. They sit down and feel put-upon. They sit down and feel victimized. They sit down and feel superior about feeling victimized. That’s what it’s like for the people whose work you admire– that’s what it’s like for everyone.”
Anne Lamott

“Fidelity to the facts is an aesthetic pleasure.”
Essayist Amy Leach

“Reference to transcendence is not dependent on religious impulse– the impulse toward transcendence is a structural restlessness in human nature.”
“There are culturally-conditioned captivities. We need to listen to our brothers and sisters of other places and eras if we hope to be released from those captivities.”
“The Golden Rule means if I want a right, I have to grant a right.”
“The enemy of Christianity today is not atheism but sentimentality.”
Yale Professor and theologian Miroslav Volf