new book coming out soon

Kind readers,

I began the day by crying over my keyboard.

My new book, Atheist Tiki Hour: Your Guide to a Secular Blast, will be released by my publisher Atheist Republic on October 1 (or close to that date).

The cover will probably be a bit different than the one I originally designed.

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I can’t fully express my gratitude to Armin Navabi, who asked me last year if I’d publish my next book with Atheist Republic, the organization he founded. Immense gratitude as well to Atheist Republic’s rad editor (and talented author), Casper Rigsby.

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While I’m at it, I’d like to thank the following generous and stupendous persons, without whom I’m quite sure this wouldn’t have happened. After I published There’s a Hula Girl on my Dashboard: How I Left Faith Behind and Embraced Life, they gave me unknown me a chance and interviewed me, wrote reviews of my book, told people about it…

Sean McGuire (@GodlessPoutine)—the first atheist blogger who said, “I’d love to read your book.”

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Godless Mom

The Intellectual Saviors

Joshua Kelly, author of O, Your God!

The Atheist Pig

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I also want to thank CFI Ottawa and Diane Bruce, who asked me to give a talk and who have been so supportive.

I am deeply grateful to the organizer of the amazing Non-Conference, Spencer Lucas, without whom I wouldn’t have met Armin last summer.

I’m too grateful for words to everyone who read, enjoyed, reviewed, and told others about There’s a Hula Girl on my Dashboard. You have no idea how much your kindness and encouragement helped me to keep going, keep writing.

Once the book is out, I will be letting everyone know!

This is the first time I’ll be getting PR assistance from a publisher, and it’s so overwhelming, I’m so utterly grateful for this that it makes me dizzy. I’ve worked very hard for a long time. Last year, I basically started over from scratch after almost a decade of writing religious/mystical books, and leaving religion behind… I started writing books from a secular/humanist/atheist perspective.

I’m exhausted. But I’ll be getting help from Atheist Republic—lovers of freedom and intellectual integrity should support their invaluable work, incidentally—and I’m excited about my list of upcoming books.

There is a great deal of joy in my life, and I’ll continue to write about it, to share it, to spread it around.

Oh, and my Unicorn and Toast character, Old Miss Grumbly, will be a regular character in season two of Peachy Fiend‘s animated series! See the very first episode here. The episode in which Old Miss Grumbly first appears will air around October 16. Stay tuned 🙂

Here I am, wearing my awesome Unicorn and Toast t-shirt (by Reasonist Ink):

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So much excitement. I’m definitely going to need a nap this afternoon, especially since I had insomnia this week, not to mention my recent hives problem.

But first, I’m going to get some celebratory toys:

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I hope you’re all having a beautiful weekend.

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

interviews and news, news, news

Kind readers,

a week after the Non-Conference, I was waylaid by a rather nasty stomach virus. I wasn’t too surprised (well, sort of), considering I’d been juggling a number of things and feeling exhausted.

Fortunately, I managed to have a lovely time with Sean McGuire earlier that day! If you’d like to hear the interview—episode 7 of My Secret Atheist Podcast—click on the image below:

It was a blast, chatting with Sean (@GodlessPoutine on Twitter), who’s a wonderful interviewer. We talked about all sorts of things, such as whether or not I really do have a hula girl on my dashboard, and he asked me about my upcoming book. He even concluded the episode with terrifically cheesy Tiki music, and needless to say, this went straight to my heart. Cocktails in Space for the win!

My next podcast interview will take place this week: I’ll be on Ryan Bell’s Life After God.

And, it’s official: I’ll be speaking at the Center for Inquiry in Ottawa on the evening of October 4th.

In other magnificent news, There’s a Hula Girl on my Dashboard is now on the Book Club forum at Atheist Republic:

I’m extremely grateful to Armin Navabi for his kindness and support. Speaking of Armin, he recently asked me to “consider publishing [your] next book with Atheist Republic!” After I recovered from my minor heart attack, I sent him a few questions, and in his reply, he told me that he was “very excited about this book” (Atheist Tiki Hour), and he put me in touch with the person who’s in charge of his publication team. I was quite overwhelmed and in a daze… I could have wept.

This will be the first time I have a promotional team. It boggles my mind. By publishing with them I’ll be contributing to Armin’s important work, which is yet another reason I immediately agreed to have the Atheist Republic logo on the cover of my book.

So, well, unless the book is terrible (which I’m hoping is probably somewhat unlikely), Atheist Tiki Hour: Your Guide to a Secular Blast will be published with Atheist Republic. And I will be drinking champagne when this happens. I’m devoting the coming months to the book; I won’t be doing NaNoWriMo this year.

In other news, I submitted two fifty minute lectures (I may have gone out of my mind) for Leviosa, and both have been accepted. See you in Las Vegas next summer, eh?

Leviosa lecture #1—”From Professor Snape to Kristopher Silverheart: An Exploration of Genderqueerness and Bi-Romantic Asexuality in Original Fiction”

In this presentation, Logospilgrim will discuss how Professor Snape was a source of inspiration for her character Kristopher Silverheart, the relentlessly driven protagonist in her Outlaw series. She will talk about Silverheart’s genderqueerness and delve into the deeply sensual, asexual relationship between Kristopher and her mysterious partner, Heaven. Logospilgrim will also share how writing this story helped her understand and celebrate her own asexual, bi-romantic, and genderqueer identity.

Leviosa lecture #2—”No Redemption Required: Severus Snape and the Art of Being Human”

In this presentation, Logospilgrim will argue that Professor Snape doesn’t need to be “redeemed” from anything, certainly not in the sense of having to “be delivered from sin or spiritual death.” Drawing from her own life changes and operating from a secular humanist perspective, she’ll demonstrate how Snape’s example was the source of a another transformative personal discovery: it’s all right to be human. Not “just” human, but human, period. No superhuman qualities are necessary.

Remember: drinking and Pee-wee Herman cosplay at Frankie’s Tiki Room, too. So come to Leviosa!

Let’s see, what else… Ah yes, I’ve registered for MISTI-Con 2017.

Also, I need to add some nice, kitschy tropical ties to my collection. Call me the Joyful Tiki Atheist 😉

And of course, I’m still happily collecting toys.

For someone who doesn’t cook much, I absolutely can’t resist food related toys!

Okay. Time to gad about and rest a bit.

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor