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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Holy one

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One of my favorite moments from the inaugural AJC Decatur Book Festival last year was an appearance by public-TV journalist Ray Suarez, who was pushing his latest work, The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America (Rayo).

But then, Suarez is a hero of mine. In his best moments, as the host of NPR's "Talk of the Nation," he seemed like the best-prepared, most even-keeled and fair-minded of moderators, gliding conversations from multiple subjects to callers and back. As much as I enjoy his equally balanced segments as a senior correspondent for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," it feels like so much less compared to his NPR work — by about 50 minutes daily, in fact. But hey, Ray's a rising star; he deserves the promotion onward and upward.

Suarez will be in town Thursday (Nov. 29), at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum for a little schmooze-down from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Save your pennies; the tickets range from $50-$75.

I haven't yet had a chance to read The Holy Vote, but loved watching Suarez do his thing at the DBF, making a compelling case for how religion has become indelibly woven into the fabric of modern-day politics and wondering very critically whether it's a good thing.

Check out this clip from a Suarez book appearance ...

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