Straight talk for the politically heartbroken and stubbornly hopeful.
Best-selling author, political commentator and podcaster Steve Almond will be at First Church Berkeley on Sunday, April 22, with reflections from his new book, Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to This Country.
He will join Senior Minister Molly Baskette for the preaching moment in Sunday worship at 10 am, and during the Learning Hour at 11:45 am will engage in a lively discussion with Rev. Molly and Marvin K. White, our Public Theologian in Residence on how the stories we listen to, and the sacred and secular stories we choose to remember instead, can shape our souls, our psyches and our future.
Steve spent the weeks after the 2016 election like a lot of American: lying awake in a state of dread and bewilderment. The problem wasn't just the election, but the fact that nobody could explain, in any sort of coherent way, why America suddenly seemed so cruel. He made sense of this historical moment by writing it out, and his new book is the result.
Bad Stories connects certain dots that normally go unconnected amid the deluge of hot takes and think pieces. He relies on writers such a Melville, Orwell, Baldwin and Vonnegut to understand how the American story arrived at this point.
Steve is the author of several books including Letters From People Who Hate Me, This Won’t Take But a Minute, Honey and CandyFreak. He co-hosts a radio show and podcast called “Dear Sugars” with author Cheryl Strayed (Wild).