With the official launch of Test of Faith on Nov. 16, it’s been an exciting and busy few weeks!
First, the week of Nov. 13, I traveled to Durham, N.C., where I was honored to speak about the book and exhibit about 30 large prints in the beautiful Rubenstein library on Duke University’s campus. I also had the pleasure of meeting representatives from the Honickman Foundation, which funded the production of my book, and Peter Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, who selected my work to receive the First Book Prize earlier this year. In addition, I did an interview with Frank Stasio on WUNC’s “The State of Things.” It was a whirlwind of a week, but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, as well as spending time with friends, family, and colleagues who generously traveled from across the country to attend the launch.
Here are several photographs of the installed exhibit, as well as the beginning of the launch event:
Me with Alexa Dilworth, my incredible editor and a lovely human being:
Photo of me during my interview with Frank Stasio on WUNC:
The following week, I traveled back to West Virginia, where I spent the Thanksgiving holiday with Mack Wolford’s family, as I have done for the past four years. I also hand-delivered copies of the book to everyone. It was such as special experience finally to be able to share something tangible with the Wolfords after all this time, and to have given them something that honors Mack’s life and beliefs, as well as shares our mutual story. I remained humbled and grateful that I have had this life-changing opportunity.
This past week, I gave a second book talk at the Ohio State University. I will also be speaking locally at Gramercy Books on January 4 at 7 p.m. Please follow the events section on my book page to keep track of upcoming talks and exhibits!