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Award-winning writers Krista Tippett, host of ON BEING podcast, and novelist Min Jin Lee in Grand Rapids this Spring for the 30th Anniversary Festival of Faith & Writing

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The Festival of Faith & Writing’s 30th anniversary celebration, April 16-18, 2020 in Grand Rapids, will include Krista Tippett interviewing Min Jin Lee for a live taping of Tippett’s On Being podcast.

Calvin Center for Faith & Writing

The CCFW endeavors to create spaces wherein people from many faith traditions are welcomed warmly, listened to with respect and generosity, and inspired to deeper engagement with the common good. To learn more, visit

See On Being host, Krista Tippett, live with novelist Min Jin Lee for a taping during the Fesival of Faith & Writing on April 16, 2020 at 5:45pm.

Krista Tippett has inspired thousands with her courageously bold topics and wonderfully compassionate words. She is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and the founder and CEO of the On Being public radio program and podcast. On Being offers an array of public media initiatives that evoke conversations about human life, social responsibilities, and creative imaginations. In 2014, former President Barack Obama awarded Tippett with the National Humanities Medal at the White House. She is also a New York Times bestselling author–her writing includes Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living; Einstein's God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit; Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Mattersand How to Talk About It. Her work continues to invite readers and listeners to consider the complexities of faith and ethics.

Min Jin Lee, author of a New York Times bestseller, Pachinko, and Free Food for Millionaires will be interviewed by Tippett and participating in other Festival events over its three days. Pachinko released in 2017 and follows several generations of a poor Korean immigrant family’s battle for independence in 20th-century Japan. Free Food for Millionaires is another inspiring story of the daughter of first-generation, Korean-American immigrants seeking to fit into the high society of Manhattan’s inner circle. Min Jin Lee has spoken at dozens of institutions and organizations about writing, politics, literature, and film. 

The Festival is first and foremost a party for booklovers put on by the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing (CCFW), which strives to create spaces wherein people from every faith tradition are welcomed warmly, listened to with respect and generosity, and inspired to deeper engagement with the common good. The biennial Festival offers three days of lectures, films, concerts, interviews, and, new this year, an optional day of workshops on April 15 with exceptional writers and publishing professionals, including Enneagram Master Suzanne Stabile, poet Kaveh Akbar, local novelist and GVSU professor Caitlin Horrocks, essayist Meghan O’Gieblyn, and many others. A full list of workshops and instructors is viewable at

From April 16-18, Grand Rapids will play host to more than 90 speakers including young adult and children’s authors, journalists, well-known poets, painters and artists, emerging novelists, social justice advocates, and many more. These award-winning writers, including but not limited to Nikki Grimes, Gary D. Schmidt, Anthony Doerr, Katherine Paterson, Mitali Perkins, and Kate DiCamillo, will host and engage in multiple sessions throughout the Festival. 

The event will be on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 5:45pm at Calvin University. Tickets are included with full Festival registration or may be purchased separately here:

To learn more about the Festival of Faith & Writing, visit

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