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Bristol, Virginia Native Todd Shy to Speak at King University and Bristol Public Library March 13

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 1, 2017 – On Monday, March 13, Bristol native Todd Shy, essayist, book critic, and educator will speak at King University’s Memorial Chapel at 9:15 a.m., and at 7 p.m., Shy will speak at the Bristol Public Library. Shy’s lectures are part of King University’s Institute for Faith and Culture 2016-17 Lecture Series, which is co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier.

Dr. Martin Dotterweich, associate professor of History at King University notes, “When Todd Shy visited King some years ago, he wrestled brilliantly with the relationship between faith and fiction. In his own writing and teaching, Shy works toward the honesty and humility that make that relationship possible. We look forward to his broader thinking on education as he comes home to Bristol once again.”

Shannon Harris, director of the King Institute for Faith and Culture states, “We are so pleased to host Todd Shy again; he is a memorable and excellent presenter, and I am sure he will have such good things to offer.”

Todd Shy currently serves as the curriculum specialist for high-intensity practice (HIP) writing in the middle and upper schools 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 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.

The events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Shannon Harris at, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524.


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