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Author of "Sundays in America" will Present Seminar Monday, April 20

April 10, 2009

HANCOCK, MI - Suzanne Strempek Shea, author of "Sundays in America: A Yearlong Road Trip in Search of Christian Faith," visited 50 diverse churches in 30 states to get a better understanding of contemporary Protestant Christianity.

Suzanne Strempek SheaMonday, April 20, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., Shea will speak about why she embarked on her journey and what she discovered.

The final seminar of Finlandia's Writer's Journey series, the free event will take place at the Finlandia University Chapel of St. Matthew, Hancock. Following the seminar, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Shea will sign copies of her book.

From school basements to mega-churches, amid congregations numbering fewer than 10 and more than 10,000, in her book novelist and cancer survivor Suzanne Strempek Shea offers a chronicle of her one-year journey as she sought to "understand what makes for devotion to a religious community,"

Sundays in AmericaSuzanne Strempek Shea is the author of five novels (published by Atria), and three memoirs, (published by Beacon Press).

She is the winner of the 2000 New England Book Award, and her freelance work has appeared in Yankee magazine, The Bark magazine, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Organic Style and ESPN the Magazine.

She lives in Bondsville, Mass., with her husband, Tommy, a columnist for The Republican newspaper in Springfield, Mass., and their two dogs, Tiny and Bisquick.

For additional information, please contact Suzanne Van Dam, Finlandia associate professor of English, at 906-487-7515 or suzanne.vandam@finlandia.edu.

 Photo cutline:  Susan Strempek Shea

Photo cutline" The book, "Sundays in America: A Yearlong Road Trip in Search of Christian Faith," by Suzanne Strempek Shea