Authors' and Podcasters' Panel
Authors who are Speaking
We're pleased to announce that some of our authors, instead of participating in the panel, have a dedicated speaking segment in our schedule.
These authors are:
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!
Just after lunch, 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.
Greta Christina, author of Coming Out Atheist
Greta has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including atheism, sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind.
Her writing has appeared in multiple magazines and newspapers, including Ms., Penthouse, Chicago Sun-Times, On Our Backs, and Skeptical Inquirer, and numerous anthologies. She is co-founder and co-organizer of the Godless Perverts, a performance series and social community that promotes a positive view of sexuality without religion.
Brendan Powell Smith, author of The Brick Bible
Brendan is an atheist and renowned Bible illustrator. He is the creator of The Brick Testament, where for a dozen years he has been working to illustrate the entire Bible using only LEGO® bricks. His 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.
Brendan’s approach to illustrating the Bible has won him fans from across the spectrum of belief from atheists and freethinkers to creationists and clergy. His 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.
Brendan’s work is beautifully showcased in a new two-book box set, The Brick Bible: The Complete Set. Smith has also created a five book series of Bible picture book stories for kids, and has most recently illustrated American history in LEGO® with Assassination!: The Brick Chronicle of Attempts on the Lives of Twelve US Presidents.
Richard Carrier, author of Why I Am Not a Christian
Richard Carrier is a world-renowned author and speaker. As a professional historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement, Dr. Carrier has appeared across the country and on national television defending sound historical methods and the ethical worldview of secular naturalism. His books and articles have also received international attention.
He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in ancient history, specializing in the intellectual history of Greece and Rome, particularly ancient philosophy, religion, and science, with emphasis on the origins of Christianity and the use and progress of science under the Roman empire. He is best known as the author of Sense and Goodness without God, Not the Impossible Faith, and Why I Am Not a Christian, and a major contributor to The Empty Tomb, The Christian Delusion, The End of Christianity, and Sources of the Jesus Tradition, as well as writer and editor-in-chief (now emeritus) for the Secular Web, and for his copious work in history and philosophy online and in print.
His latest book is Proving History: Bayes's Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus. He is currently working on his next books, On the Historicity of Jesus Christ, The Scientist in the Early Roman Empire, and Science Education in the Early Roman Empire.
David Fitzgerald, author of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed at All
David Fitzgerald is a writer and public speaker who has been called both "The Ferris Bueller of San Francisco" and "one of the busiest atheist activists in the Bay Area." He is the Action Coordinator for San Francisco Atheists and serves on the board of the Center for Inquiry-San Francisco, and is Co-founder and Director of both the world's first Atheist Film Festival and San Francisco's oldest annual Darwin Day celebration, "Evolutionpalooza!"
He is on the Speaker's Bureau of both the Secular Student Alliance and Center for Inquiry, and lectures around the country at universities and national secular events, including national conventions of American Atheists and the American Humanist Association, and is an audience favorite at Skepticon.
Besides all that, he is a historical researcher whose book, NAILED: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All, critically examines the historical evidence of Christ. It was also voted one of the top 5 Atheist/Agnostic books of 2010 in About Atheism.com's Reader's Choice Awards. He is also the author of The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion: The Mormons and the follow-up to Nailed, entitled Jesus: Mything in Action.
You can find David on Facebook.
AmyJo Mattheis, Religion Made me Fat
Through real life stories, AmyJo Mattheis narrates her upbringing in the church and how she became an ordained minister with questions. Questions about God, fun, sex, money, flirting and more, all come up in a life well lived within the visions and expectations of the Christian church.
Religion Made Me Fat chronicles the evolution of AmyJo's understanding of the man Jesus and what his teachings mean to men and women, atheists and others who believe a different way. Through her experiences as a pastor's kid in California, working in West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, her time as an intern pastor in Jerusalem and an ordained minister in the United States, Mattheis challenges us to take seriously the role Christianity plays in our intimate and collective lives.
Dan Riley, author of Generation Atheist
Dan Riley worked previously as a campus organizer in the outreach department at the non-profit think tank, the Center for Inquiry (CFI).
He got to know many secular student leaders during his time with CFI. Finding many of their personal journeys to atheism to be fascinating, compelling, and unique, he decided to create a book that tells their stories. The initial work that has resulted in Generation Atheist began at a student conference in 2009.
Thomas Beasley, of the podcast An American Atheist
Tom Beasley has been involved in the atheist and freethought community for the past several years. He is most known for his participation in the podcast and blog "An American Atheist," which is on sabbatical from KDVS 90.3 FM in the Sacramento and Davis region where it ran for the past three years.
Tom holds a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and currently practices post bar working in criminal defense for indigent clients. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Davis where he double majored in English and Classical Languages. His relevant coursework included studying Ancient and New Testament Greek as well as Latin and the early formation of Christianity.
You can find the An American Atheist podcast and more info at http://anamericanatheist.org.
Andrea Griffith, author of 52 Answers to Superstition, Religion, and Ignorance
Already a best-selling author, her latest book, "52 Answers to Superstition, Religion, and Ignorance", has been a hit in the freethought movement.
Andrea spends her time writing, speaking, and taking care of her family. She is married and has three sons and one grandson. Check out her blog at blog.socialiqlady.com or visit her website at www.socialiqlady.com.