Documentary Writing Speaker Series / Jeff Sharlet, “Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between”

Sweet Heaven When I Die is that hard to find thing: an honest, careful, hard-hitting book that looks at religion as part of the continuum of passions and beliefs that Americans share. Sharlet’s previous book, the New York Times bestseller The Family, provided a groundbreaking, widely praised expose of the influence of Christian fundamentalism at the highest levels of American policymaking and power. In the thirteen essays collected here in his latest, Sharlet engages themes of faith and doubt on a more intimate level, investigating the drives and beliefs of others while trying to uncover what, if anything, he himself believes.

Wednesday, September 28, 7 p.m.
Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham, North Carolina

Sharlet is the author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than twenty weeks, and C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, for which he received the Molly Ivins National Journalism Prize, and coauthor of Killing the Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible. Sharlet, Mellon Assistant Professor of English at Dartmouth College, is a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine and Rolling Stone.

Other writers in the fall series are Siddhartha Deb (The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India), John Jeremiah Sullivan (Pulphead: Essays), and Paul Hendrickson (Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961).


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