Event: Trinity Western University professor Lynn Szabo, an internationally recognized Thomas Merton scholar, will host “An Evening on Thomas Merton,” at Whitby’s Bookstore and Coffee House in White Rock on October 22. Intended for new or longtime Merton readers, the evening will be an introduction to writings on spirituality and solitude by the late Thomas Merton, an American monk and renowned literary scholar. Specialty coffees and Merton titles will be available for sale at the event.
Date: October 22
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: Whitby’s Bookstore and Coffee House, 14837 Marine Drive, White Rock
Background information: Lynn Szabo is an internationally recognized Thomas Merton scholar who has studied Merton’s works for over a decade. For the past 6 years, Szabo has travelled to Kentucky to explore Merton’s writings at Bellarmine College where his papers are housed, as well as at the Abbey of Gethsemani where Merton spent 26 years until his death in 1968. She has published and given papers on Merton around North America, most recently presenting at the International Merton Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, and is currently working on a book exploring significant poetry from his collection of more than 2,500 poems. In addition to teaching English and creative writing at Trinity Western University, Szabo leads a TWU retreat course on Merton’s writings. Next summer, she will travel to Merton’s childhood home in Prades, France to participate in teaching a course on Merton’s works for Simon Fraser University’s Humanities Pilgrimage Program.
For more info: Contact Whitby’s Bookstore and Coffee House at 604-536-3711.
Last Updated: 2012-08-21