John Hendrix with Abram C. Van Engen - Holy Ghost LAUNCH EVENT

Tuesday, May 10, 7:15pm CT
In person at the High Low performing arts space
3301 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103
Watch virtually at Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page
**Vaccination and masks required for in person attendance**
**NOTE NEW DATE** This event has been moved to May 10th to the new publication date for the book
 
Rectangular image with headshot of author John Hendrix on the left, a picture of the cover of "Holy Ghost" on the top right, and a headshot of Abram C. Van Engen on the bottom rightLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis' New York Times bestselling and award-winning artist
John Hendrix,
who will discuss the new charming, funny, and thought-provoking collection of spiritual comics
The Holy Ghost: A Spirited Comic,
in person for this LAUNCH EVENT at the High Low Performing Arts Space
and virtually on our Facebook Live Page at 7:15pm CT on Tuesday, May 10th.
Hendrix will be in conversation with Washington University Associate Professor of English
Abram C. Van Engen.
Join us in person or on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
**Proof of vaccination and mask will be required for entry to the in person event.** Guests will need to bring a photo ID AND either their physical vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card.
 
John Hendrix will sign copies ahead of the event available for purchase at the event or online (for pick up or for mail out).
 
About our Speakers

John Hendrix is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator. His books include The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler, named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, and Drawing Is Magic: Discovering Yourself in a Sketchbook. His award-winning illustrations have appeared on book jackets and in newspapers and magazines. He is chair of the MFA Illustration and Visual Culture program in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Hendrix lives in Webster Groves, Missouri.

Abram C. Van Engen is associate professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, where he is also associate professor (by courtesy) at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics.

 

About Holy Ghost: A Spirited Comic

From the New York Times bestselling and award-winning artist John Hendrix comes this charming, funny, and thought-provoking collection of spiritual comics

Does God exist? Is there a heaven? What's the point of it all? Do we even matter?

This collection of thought-provoking, humorous comic strips is a series of conversations between a squirrel, a badger, and a friendly blue ghost who may or may not be one third of the Holy Trinity. Charming, witty, and at times poignant, yet never holier-than-thou, New York Times bestselling and award-winning illustrator John Hendrix tackles some of life's greatest questions. Whether you consider yourself faithful or a nonbeliever, these delightfully off-kilter comics deliver laughter, comfort, and philosophical musings with humble, honest spirit--and just the right dose of playful irreverence.

 

Publishers Weekly (02/28/2022):

Cartoonist Hendrix's first collection is an amusing and sensitive exploration of Christian belief. In single-page comics, the Holy Ghost collects prayers, ponders beauty, and thwarts evil spirits. The majority, though, are conversations between the Ghost and an unnamed squirrel who vacillates between yearning to find meaning in pain and refusing to accept that God exists, with the periodic appearance of a fundamentalist badger. In a masterful avoidance of treacle, Hendrix probes tender ideas like seeing God in emptiness and ugliness, the challenge of loving the outsider, and cosmic insignificance. There are niche Christian theology jokes (Ghost gives the squirrel the ability to speak French on Pentecost and claims God made farts to remind humans of their inner state of decay) alongside more universal laughs (Ghost's reflection on beauty is undercut by bird poop). Hendrix portrays a surprising range of emotions with his simple character drawings. The Ghost plays across a range with only empty eyes and a mouth, and squirrel's tight lines play into his tensions. The handwritten text adds a charming earnestness. Hendrix sidesteps the try-hard "cool pastor" problem and also the schmaltz of Precious Moments. It's a delightful trove that'll provoke reflection and grins. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Apr.)

Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

 

For the in person event, the presentation and conversation will start at 7:15pm at the High Low, 3301 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103. Vaccination and masks are required for in person attendees.

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High Low
3301 Washington Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63103
Books: 
The Holy Ghost: A Spirited Comic Cover Image
By John Hendrix, Patrick McDonnell (Introduction by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419755439
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 10th, 2022

Ronan Boyle Into the Strangeplace (Ronan Boyle #3) Cover Image
By Thomas Lennon, John Hendrix (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419753305
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Amulet Books - November 23rd, 2021

Ronan Boyle and the Swamp of Certain Death (Ronan Boyle #2) Cover Image
By Thomas Lennon, John Hendrix (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781419747014
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Amulet Paperbacks - October 5th, 2021

Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles (Ronan Boyle #1) Cover Image
By Thomas Lennon, John Hendrix (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781419740930
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Amulet Paperbacks - March 3rd, 2020

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419732652
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Amulet Books - September 18th, 2018

Go and Do Likewise!: The Parables and Wisdom of Jesus Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419737053
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

Drawing Is Magic: Discovering Yourself in a Sketchbook Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781617691379
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book - March 24th, 2015

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Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914 Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781419711756
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - October 7th, 2014

Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781419718991
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - February 9th, 2016