Thursday, November 4, 2010

a Mystery and some Non-Fiction for ya!

Michael Ayoob, author of In Search of Mercy

Winner of the PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition!

Dexter Bolzjak is an ex–hockey goalie who was abducted and tortured by perverted sports fans eight years ago. Now he's muddling along in a Pittsburgh warehouse when he meets an old, terminally ill drunk named Lou Kashon. Lou wants to see his lost love, the actress Mercy Carnahan, and offers Dexter a fortune to find her. 

Dexter embarks on the search, retracing Mercy's past online and on foot. Soon, Mercy begins to haunt Dexter, appearing in his dreams while flashbacks to his own traumatic experience plague his waking hours. 

Dexter persists and follows Mercy's trail to New York, where he finds a voyeuristic film of the actress recorded shortly before her disappearance. Once Dexter connects that film to its source, he finds himself trapped in the ultimate nightmare.

Steve Paulson, author of Atoms and Eden: Conversations on Religion and Science

In Atoms and Eden, the Peabody Award-winning journalist Steve Paulson explores this complex subject with a host of intellectual luminaries, including Richard Dawkins, Karen Armstrong, E.O. Wilson, Sam Harris, Elaine Pagels, Francis Collins, Daniel Dennett, Jane Goodall, Paul Davies, and Steven Weinberg. The interviewees include Christians, Buddhists, Jews, and Muslims, as well as agnostics, atheists, and other scholars who hold perspectives that are hard to categorize. 

Paulson's interviews sweep across a broad range of scientific disciplines--evolutionary biology, quantum physics, cosmology, and neuroscience--and also explore key issues in theology, religious history, and what William James called ''the varieties of religious experience.'' Collectively, these engaging dialogues cover the major issues that have often pitted science against religion--from the origins of the universe to debates about God, Darwin, the nature of reality, and the limits of human reason. These are complex, intellectually rich discussions, presented in an accessible and engaging manner. Steve Paulson 

Most of these interviews were originally published as individual cover stories for, where they generated a huge reader response. Public Radio's To the Best of Our Knowledge will present a major companion series on related topics this fall.
A feast of ideas and competing perspectives, this volume will appeal to scientists, spiritual seekers, and the intellectually curious.
Author bio: Steve Paulson is Executive Producer of Wisconsin Public Radio’s nationally syndicated radio program To the Best of Our Knowledge. He received the Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion.  His work has been featured in Salon and Slate as well as on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.


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