Two Fun Interviews About Tuttle

I did a couple of fun interviews about Tuttle in the Balance and combining humor and the law and my sabbatical in Buenos Aires this past week.  Here’s one from the BU Law website and another in the “Story Behind the Book” feature of the Boston Globe.  I love the little sketch in the Globe...

New Book Contract with Stanford University Press!

I am delighted to announce that I will be writing a new book for Stanford University Press.  It will be my first book with an academic press, and having graduated from Stanford Law and being a huge fan of the Stanford Tree (who plays an important role in my debut novel, by the way) I couldn’t be happier that it will be with Stanford U. Press.  The book is very tentatively titled, “Our Non-Christian Nation: How Atheists, Wiccans, Satanists, and Other Non-Christians are Demanding Their Rightful Place in American Public Life,” and if things all go well, it should be published sometime in 2018.  Here is a little summary of the book that I wrote up when I tried to sell it: OUR NON-CHRISTIAN NATION: HOW ATHEISTS, WICCANS, SATANISTS AND OTHER NON-CHRISTIANS ARE DEMANDING THEIR RIGHTFUL PLACE IN AMERICAN PUBLIC LIFE A Wiccan family convinces the US government to allow a pentagram on their loved one’s grave in Arlington Cemetery. The Senate invites a Hindu to give the opening prayer before a session, but abortion protestors shout the priest down. In Utah, a religious group that believes in mummification goes to the Supreme Court seeking the right to put up their “Seven Aphorisms” monument next to a town’s Ten Commandments monument, but loses. An Islamic school causes an uproar in Louisiana when it seeks to participate in the state’s voucher program to receive public funds. And in Orange County, Florida, the school district suspends its policy allowing religious groups to distribute reading material when a Satanist group starts handing out a coloring book as an alternative to the materials...

My Book About Religious Practices and the Environment Available for Pre-order

In case you’re starting your Easter shopping early this year, you can pre-order my forthcoming book When God Isn’t Green: A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide now on Amazon.  It won’t be released until March of 2016, but you have a lot of things to do that month and it might slip your mind so you might as well order it now. ...

Teaching a Humor Writing Workshop at the Sanibel Island Writer’s Conference

For those who are not familiar with it, the Sanibel Island Writer’s Conference, held every year for the past decade in November on the gorgeous and weird-bird-filled island of Sanibel off the western coast of Florida, is a fantastic four-day get-together of writers, songwriters, and aspiring writers and songwriters.  I’ve been part of a lot of conferences in my days, but the two times I’ve taught at the SIWC have been the most fun of all of them by far.  I’m part of the faculty again this year, but that shouldn’t stop you from coming, because the presenters who are running workshops are otherwise unbelievable.  The workshop I’m “teaching” is called “Humor Outside the Humor Piece,” and it’s about adding humor to longer pieces of both fiction and non-fiction (the premise is that you don’t have to be funny in the humor piece or SNL skit way to be funny–personally I come up with a good idea for a humor piece about once a year).  The dates this year are November 5-8.  I hope that if you’re anywhere near the area (or even if you aren’t) you’ll consider coming down and saying hello.  Registration is now...