Author Michael O'Brien to Tour in Northern California


SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 7, 2011 – Bestselling author and iconographer Michael O’Brien is coming to northern California for a series of appearances and presentations Nov. 14-20.

The acclaimed Canadian novelist, writer and icon artist is visiting the area in connection with the release of his epic new novel, The Father’s Tale, a powerful story that O’Brien calls “a modern retelling of the parables of The Good Shepherd and The Prodigal Son.”

His schedule includes:

• 7 p.m., Nov. 14 – St. Francis Solano Church, 469 Third St. West, Sonoma (707) 996-6759; “Raising Strong Catholic Children: Countering the Secular Invasion of Family Culture.” No charge – free-will offering.

• 7 p.m., Nov. 15 – Presentation of the BVM School, 4123 Robertson, Sacramento (916) 482-0351; “Readers of the Lost Art: Reviving Culture through Good Reading.” No charge – free-will offering.

• Noon-1:30 p.m., Nov. 17 – Easter’s Catholic Bookstore, 5290 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento (916) 338-7272; Presentation on and book signing of The Father’s Tale and other novels.

• 7:30 p.m., Nov. 18 – Kolbe Academy and Trinity Prep, 2055 Redwood Rd., Napa (707) 258-9030; “Catholic Fiction & Restoring Culture in an Age of Escapist Illusions.” No charge; free-will offering.

• 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., St. Joseph’s Catholic Store, 3369 Old California Way, Napa (707) 224-8754; Presentation on and book signing of The Father’s Tale and other novels.

• 7 p.m., Nov. 20 – St. Eugene Cathedral, Msgr. Becker Center, 2323 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa; “Longing for the Holy: Finding God in Truth, Goodness & Beauty.” No charge; free-will offering.

In The Father’s Tale, O’Brien introduces readers to Canadian bookseller Alex Graham, a middle-aged widower whose small-town life had gone smoothly – or so he once believed – until his college-aged son disappears from a British school. Graham leaves his safe, orderly world for the first time and embarks on a journey that takes him to Russia and beyond, pulled ever deeper into world conflicts and the eternal conflict between good and evil.

“(This is) the best of Michael O’Brien’s novels,” said Ignatius Press Founder and Editor Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J. “He creates characters like Dickens, explores human relationships like Austen, and has the epic scope of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. I believe this novel will merit inclusion in any list of the world’s greatest novels.”

O’Brien arguably is as well known for his iconography as for his writing. His images include Jesus Christ the Word of Life, St. John Vianney, St. Maximillian Kolbe and The Finding in the Temple.

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. She blogs at multiple online venues including Patheos. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and the Catholic Press Association tour of Israel as a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. Hendey lives with her family in the Diocese of Fresno, California.

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