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King University News :: Bristol, Virginia Native Todd Shy to Speak at King University & Bristol Public Library Oct. 28

Bristol native Todd Shy, essayist, book critic, and educator will speak at King University’s Memorial Chapel and the Bristol Public Library on Oct. 28 as part of the Buechner (Beek-ner) Institute’s 2013-14 Lecture Series.  The series is co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier. 

“Todd is a man of tremendous intellect, insight, and wit - attributes which have served him well in his study of religion and the humanities,” said John Vann, business management consultant at The Summit Companies and member of the governing board for the Buechner Institute.  “His vision for and involvement in innovative and progressive educational institutions make him an important voice regarding the future of education locally and globally.”

Shy currently serves as a curriculum specialist for the humanities at Avenues: The World School in New York City.  Previously, he spent time teaching at Cary Academy, Rocky Mount Academy, Prep for Prep, and the North Carolina Governor’s School for the Gifted.

Shy has been a book critic since 2005, writing free-lance book reviews and essays for a variety of national publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle and the Harvard Divinity Bulletin.  A 2009 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, Shy has chosen to focus on the intersection of religion and literature in his work.  

After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Virginia, he spent four years working for an Anglican clergyman in London, England, while also studying at King’s College London. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Todd Shy will present “Faith in Fiction” at 9:15 a.m. at King University’s Memorial Chapel and “Literature and the God Debates” at 7 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library on Monday, Oct. 28.  Both events are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit


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