TWU professor to host evenings exploring the writings of Thomas Merton


Event: Trinity Western University professor Lynn Szabo, an internationally recognized Thomas Merton scholar, will host three upcoming evenings exploring the writings of renowned literary scholar and American monk Thomas Merton. The public are invited to attend the evenings, sponsored by Whitby’s Bookstore and Coffee House in White Rock, BC, and the BC Chapter of the International Merton Society, that are being planned in response to a successful evening on Merton held at Whitby’s last October. The series will include:

January 28: The Seven Storey Mountain: Spiritual mappings for the Twenty-first Century—a discussion of Merton’s classic and famous autobiography.

February 4: Thomas Merton: Poet/Mystic—an exploration of Merton’s most famous poems, including the love poetry he wrote near the end of his life.

February 11: Thomas Merton: The Sounds of Silence—a discussion on the relationship between solitude and creativity. This evening will be especially valuable for teachers, artists, writers or anyone wishing to explore the concept of solitude.

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Location: Whitby’s Bookstore and Coffee House, 14837 Marine Drive, White Rock, BC

Tickets: $5, which includes coffee/tea and dessert. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Whitby’s at 604-536-3711.

Background information: Lynn Szabo has studied Merton’s works for over a decade, and for the past 6 years has traveled 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, including at the International Merton Conference in Louisville, Kentucky this summer. Szabo 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. This coming 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.

Last Updated: 2007-09-26