Laura Dabundo, PhD will read selections from her book When the Parallel Converge, followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Copies of her book will be available for purchase for $10 each. The book also is available on-line. When the Parallel Converge spans the author’s spiritual pilgrimage. It begins with her childhood under the care of her indomitable grandmother in Johnstown, PA, then explores her dark night of the soul following a Celtic pilgrimage. Last, the author describes her hospitalization and recovery from a nearly fatal infection, which tested her soul. Several poems on related themes also are included. The author learns lessons of life, loss, grief, faith, hope, charity, and grace, along with laughter and joy.
Laura Dabundo grew up in Johnstown, baptized and confirmed at St. Mark’s. She graduated from Westmont Hilltop and went to Bucknell University (BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa); then she earned her MA (Bryn Mawr College) and PhD in English (Temple University). Her speciality is English Romanticism. She became a professor at Kennesaw State University outside Atlanta, GA, from which she has now retired and where she makes her home with two rescue cats. While working, she taught in study-abroad programs in England and Ireland and delivered academic papers in the USA, Canada, the UK, and Ireland. She loved teaching and writing and has five books to her credit: The Encyclopedia of Romanticism; Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and their Sisters; The Marriage of Faith: Christianity in William Wordsworth and Jane Austen; Jane Austen: A Companion; and When the Parallel Converge. The last two were both published in April 2021, and the last one is entirely different from the others for it is a spiritual memoir, and the first two thirds of it is about her childhood in Johnstown with her indomitable grandmother.
She is a lifelong Episcopalian and a lay companion of the Anamchara Fellowship, a dispersed, Celtic-inflected, monastic community for women and men.
The event is free. All are welcome. If you plan to attend, please wear a mask and social distance.