Greetings from Chicago where I’m attending the 2012 Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit on behalf of the publisher of my recent book, Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis, Franciscan Media (formerly known as St. Anthony Messenger Press). This is one of the annual shows or exhibits which brings together the religious publishers and distributors, bookstore owners and others who are connected to the religious publishing industry. Each year publishers bring out an author or two to autograph copies of their books for those in attendance. Last night included the hour-long autographing sessions, which is really a lot of fun because you are able to talk directly, if only for a minute or so, with so many great people in the religious publishing business. It’s been nice to reconnect with so many friends and colleagues, as well as meet some great new people.

Photo: Barbara Baker/Franciscan Media

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