Meet Karen Swallow Prior

Hi!  I feel like you are really going to get to know me from reading Booked. Maybe even get to know too much of me … Booked really is personal. But it’s also analytical and opinionated and a little bit literary, too. It’s drawn from my life and reflects the way I teach and interact with the people in my life. A lot of the book, in fact, came from classroom discussions and personal conversations I’ve had with students over the course of more than two decades of teaching at the college level. Being a college professor is my day job. Teaching is my primary calling in life, and writing is something that comes out of my passion for teaching. My other great loves are my husband (we’ve been married for over 30 years—yes, I married very young!) and the life we’ve built in our little 100-year old farmhouse on a few acres that we share with dogs, horses, and chickens.

Oh, and lots of books.

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Booked: Literature In the Soul of Me

Booked draws on classics like Great Expectations, delights such as Charlotte’s Web, the poetry of Hopkins and Donne, and more. This thoughtful, straight-up memoir will be pure pleasure for book-lovers, teachers, and anyone who has struggled to find a way to articulate the inexpressible through a love of story.

Karen Swallow Prior is Professor of English at Liberty University and an award-winning teacher. She is a contributing writer for The and for Christianity Today, where she blogs frequently at Her.meneutics. Her writing has appeared in Relevant, Think Christian, and Salvo. She is a Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, a member of INK: A Creative Collective, and a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States.

Published by

Rick Wilcox

Editor in Chief | Literary Life