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California Freethought Day

Sunday, October 14, 2018

California State Capitol Building

Authors' and Podcasters' Panel

Our authors and podcasters will be assembled together at Freethought Day with their books and other goodies ready to sign and sell, so bring some cash (or credit cards) to buy their books!

Shortly after 1:00 PM, our authors and podcasters will take the stage for a lively Q&A session about topics fun and serious. What will you ask them?

Are you an Author?

Authors and podcast hosts from all over are encouraged to join us at Freethought Day. If you're an author or podcast host and want to join us, please let us know or register online for your table space. (It's free.)

Want to buy their books?

Make it easy by pre-purchasing authors' books when you register online. We'll have your book(s) waiting for you at our registration table for pickup. Or, you can buy books at the event while supplies last.

Thomas Smith, Podcaster

Thomas SmithThomas is a podcaster, host of Serious Inquiries Only and co-host of Opening Arguments. He began his podcasting career by working his way through the entire bible in podcast form, criticizing and poking jokes along the way, in his creatively-named podcast Thomas and the Bible. Having somehow finished that six-year purgatory, he now focuses on politics, philosophy, science, and countering any bad arguments he can get his hands on.

Thomas is also our offical blogger, and will be interviewing our speakers and guests on his podcast Serious Inquiries Only. Check it out here.

 

Elbe Spurling, author of The Brick Bible

Elbe SpurlingElbe is an atheist and renowned Bible illustrator. She is the creator of The Brick Bible, where for a dozen years she has been working to illustrate the entire Bible using only LEGOŽ bricks. Her illustrations have been featured in Time, People, Rolling Stone, SPIN, and Entertainment Weekly, and on CBS News Sunday Morning, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  

Elbe's approach to illustrating the Bible has won her fans from across the spectrum of belief from atheists and freethinkers to creationists and clergy. Her presentation is notable not just for its artistry and meticulous attention to detail, but for its uniquely straightforward and frank approach to the Bible's content, paying as much attention to the 90% of the Bible not covered in church as to the 10% that is.

Elbe's work is beautifully showcased in a new two-book box set, The Brick Bible: The Complete Set. Spurling has also created a five-book series of Bible picture book stories for kids, and has most recently illustrated the Brick Book of Mormon.

Follow Elbe's work on Facebook and Twitter (@BrickTestament).

Rebecca Hensler, Grief Beyond Belief

Rebecca HenslerFollowing the death of her infant son, Rebecca Hensler discovered that most grief support groups are dominated by religion and spiritualism. Alienated by talk of angels, heaven and signs, she conceived an alternative free of mythology and mysticism.

In 2011, Rebecca founded Grief Beyond Belief, a community devoted to faith-free grief support. Since then, the project has grown to include a peer-to-peer online support group, a website, and secular grief-support workshops conducted at secular events and organizations nationwide.

Rebecca's ebook teaching community organizers how to provide grief support in their freethought communities will be published this Fall.