Visit from Humanist author Laury Egan: January 25 at 12:30pm

All —
Great news!  Humanist author Laury A. Egan is going to come talk with us after our January Meetup.  She’ll be coming to the UU Center at 12:30 where she’ll do a book reading and chat with us.
Perfect kickoff for our book club, don’t you think?
Below is her contact information plus a press release for the book:
  • Author of The Outcast Oracle and Fog and Other Stories (Humanist Press)
  • Jenny Kidd (Vagabondage Press)
  • Beneath the Lion’s Paw; Snow, Shadows, a Stranger; The Sea & Beyond (FootHills: poetry)
  • Website:
  • Blog:




Named in “Best Books of 2013” by Kirkus Review
“Simply delicious fun from start to finish.”
“A beautifully written novel.”—Kirkus Review (***starred review)
Set in 1959, near New York’s Lake Ontario, Charlene Whitestone has been deserted by her parents and left in the custody of her grandfather C.B. Although he loves Charlie, C.B. is a charming con artist, moonshiner, and religious fraud who inducts her into his various enterprises. Written in a satiric Mark Twain style, The Outcast Oracle is a great read for adults and teenagers.
Available from Humanist Press and online retailers in eBook and paperback editions.
( Late teens through adult.)
Laury A. Egan is the author of The Outcast Oracle and the collection, Fog and Other Stories, both published by Humanist Press in 2013, as well as the psychological suspense novel, Jenny Kidd (Vagabondage Press). Two volumes of poetry, Snow, Shadows, a Stranger and Beneath the Lion’s Paw as well as a chapbook, The Sea & Beyond, were issued by FootHills Publishing.

Reading List

I suggested at our last meeting that we might want to consider a quasi-Book-Club approach to Humanism.  We agreed that it would be workable if individuals decided to read a book on their own and present a synopsis/report to the group for some discussion.

Some of my suggestions are below. But The Humanist Press has a very wide selection of its own at

My suggestions, which are not strictly atheist-oriented but rather approach the subject of Humanism via a redefinition of what the concept of “God” means and stands for:

  • Adam Frank, The Constant Fire: Beyond the Science vs. Religion Debate (2009)
  • Stuart A. Kaufman, Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion (2008)
  • Francis S. Collins, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief (2006)
  • Bernard Haisch, The God Theory: Universes, Zero-Point Fields, and What’s Behind It All (2006) [an easier read than it sounds!]
  • Paul Davies, The Mind of God: The Scientific Basis for a Rational World (1993)