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California Freethought Day

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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 to buy their books!

In the mid afternoon, 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.

Dan Arel, Author and Journalist

Dan Arel is an award-winning journalist and the author of the best-selling book Parenting Without God. In addition to writing for Patheos, he is also a freelance columnist for CounterPunch, Kettle Magazine, and The Huffington Post.

Follow him on Twitter (@danarel) and read his ongoing blog about California Freethought Day.

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 LEGO® 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 equal attention to the 90% of the Bible they don't talk about in Church as the 10% they do.

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).

David McAfee, author of The Book of the Gods

David McAfeeDavid McAfee is a Religious Studies graduate, journalist, and five-time published author. His books include Disproving Christianity and other Secular Writings, Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-believer, The Belief Book, and, most recently, The Book of Gods. In The Book of Gods, McAfee and illustrator Chuck Harrison teach kids and kids at heart about deities from all over the world. The book is interactive and allows children to color and even create their own gods.

He is also an editor and public relations manager for Ockham Publishing and a contributor to American Atheist Magazine.  

David attended University of California, Santa Barbara, and graduated with bachelor's degrees in English and Religious Studies with an emphasis on Christianity and Mediterranean traditions.

Bill Zuersher, author of Seeing through Christianity

Bill ZuersherBill Zuersher is an activist for the separation of church and state.  He studied economics and government at Yale and then worked for two decades in the energy industry before dedicating himself to teaching and writing.

His interest in religion derives from a concern about the role of faith-based beliefs in American politics. Rather than engage in public policy debate about multiple disparate issues, he decided to focus on the root cause of all of them, namely religion - and Christianity in particular.

He has summarized his own religious views in his debates: "I do not believe in the existence of any gods or goddesses. It is certainly possible that one or more such beings exist, but if so, they do not appear to expend much eff ort superintending the affairs of this world." He and his wife, Linda, live in southern California.

His book, Seeing through Christianity, is a critique of Christian doctrines and evidential claims.