Free and open to the public
Dorothy Day's granddaughter, Kate Hennessy, author of the best-selling and critically-acclaimed book, Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother, is coming to Iowa in September for a statewide speaking tour stopping at St. Ambrose University Thursday, Sept. 27.
Hennessey's books will be available at the SAU Bookstore and she will sign books from 1-2 p.m. at the Bookstore, 2nd floor, Rogalski Center.
Hennessy's most recent work, Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother, won a Christopher Award for helping to "affirm the highest values of the human spirit," in addition to being chosen by the Chicago Tribune for best spiritual writing of 2017. Hennessey has also worked in collaboration with the photographer Vivian Cherry on Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker: The Miracle of Our Continuance, and her work has been included in Best American Travel Writing.
Kate attended New York University and the School for International Training in Vermont. She has traveled and worked around the world, including at an international summer camp in the former USSR, and as an ESL Teacher in Guatemala and in India to Tibetan refugees. She also walked 750 kilometers on el Camino de Santiago in Spain. Kate and her husband, Garry Jones, a musician and artist, divide their time between Vermont and Ireland.
Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was a prominent Catholic, writer, social activist, and co-founder of a movement dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor. Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty is a frank and reflective, heartfelt, and humorous portrayal written by Hennessy. The New York Times calls it "an intimate, revealing and sometimes wrenching family memoir of the journalist and social advocate who is now being considered for canonization."
Co-sponsored by the Iowa City Catholic Worker and St. Ambrose University departments of Philosophy, Theology and Campus Ministry.
Additional appearances by Hennessey include:
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6:30-8 p.m.
University of Iowa Catholic Newman Center
104 East Jefferson Street, Iowa City
Co-sponsored by the Iowa City Catholic Worker,
UI Catholic Newman Center and Tau Omega Catholic Service Fraternity
*with a very special book reading and signing at Prairie Lights Bookstore, noon-1pm
Friday, Sept. 28, 7-9 p.m.
St. Edward Catholic Church
1423 Kimball Ave, Waterloo
Co-sponsored by the Iowa City Catholic Worker and Waterloo Catholic Worker
Saturday, Sept. 29, 7-9 p.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Catholic Student Center
2210 Lincoln Way, Ames
Co-sponsored by the Iowa City Catholic Worker and Mustard Seed Catholic Worker Farm
Sunday, Sept 30, 6:30-8 p.m.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Heart Catholic Church
510 East 1st Street, Ankeny
Co-sponsored by the Iowa City Catholic Worker and the OLIH Social Action Committee