Authors Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner will speak about their acclaimed book The Faith Club in Manhattan College’s Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers on Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, highlights the College’s De La Salle Days, an annual celebration of Manhattan’s founder, John Baptist de La Salle.
The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew – Three Women Search for Understanding, was written by three mothers of different faiths who initially convened to write a book for their children that would highlight the connections among their religions. Only after realizing that their differences lead to misunderstandings did the trio write a memoir of spiritual reflections that allows readers to eavesdrop on their private conversations, provocative discussions and often controversial opinions and conclusions.
A Palestinian Muslim, Idliby grew up in both Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and McLean, Va. She graduated from the school of foreign service at Georgetown University before studying at the London School of Economics.
Oliver, an Episcopalian, was raised in the suburban Midwest before moving to New York City, where she spent several years as a financial journalist at Financial World, Forbes and SmartMoney.com. She met Idliby at their daughters’ kindergarten school bus stop in September 2001.
Warner studied Torah, Jewish history and Hebrew as a youth in Rhode Island. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she became an advertising art director in Boston, met her husband and relocated to New York City. Inspired by her two sons, Warner began to write and illustrate children’s books, and authored two dozen picture books, two novels and two screenplays before a telephone call led to the partnership with Idliby and Oliver.
The three authors have been featured on NBC’s Today Show, as well interviewed by CNN, Hallmark Channel’s The New Morning Show and National Public Radio’s The Diane Rehm Show.
De La Salle, designated by the Catholic Church as the Patron Saint of Teachers, founded the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. He formed a community of religious Brothers who devote themselves as teachers to work for the well-being of the children of artisans and the underprivileged. The Order founded Manhattan College in 1853.
The following events have been scheduled in celebration of De La Salle Days 2009:
Tuesday, April 14
2:30 p.m. Presentation of Schools, Quad
3:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social with the Brothers and the Manhattan College Community, Quad
4:00 p.m. Mass, Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers
Wednesday, April 15
1:00 p.m. De La Salle Challenges, Quad
3:00 p.m. De La Salle Models of Learning and Teaching, Quad
6:30 p.m. Presentation by The Faith Club authors, Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers
Thursday, April 16
12:00 p.m. Living Lasallian luncheon, Alumni Room, O’Malley Library
1:00 p.m. Repeat of Living Lasallian luncheon
5:00 p.m. Lasallian feast, Quad
7:30 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Manhattan, Smith Auditorium (sponsored by student activities)
(schedule subject to change)
For more information about the De La Salle Days events, please call Nancy Cave at (718) 862-7527 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org