First review of Gather at the Table: “a great introduction to a shared past that ought to be better known”

Posted August 1st, 2012 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

The first review of Gather at the Table was published today in Kirkus Reviews magazine. Kirkus has been “an authoritative voice in book discovery” since 1933; reviewing “the most notable books being published” before they are released. Kirkus Reviews describe themselves as “The World’s Toughest Book Critics.” Consequently, we are excited to share their very […]

Olympic Fever

Posted July 28th, 2012 by Sharon Morgan

It is hard not to get caught up in Olympic fever, especially when the whole world is watching. It drew me in on the first night… I watched the opening ceremony. Having an interest in many things British (including the genealogy of the Scottish men who enslaved people on both sides of my family),  I […]

Inspired by Vladimir Nabakov

Posted July 24th, 2012 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

Authors find inspiration in many different ways. I was first inspired to become an author while reading All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren during my freshman year in college. It took almost 30 years for me to realize my dream when Inheriting the Trade was published almost five years ago. Now, thanks to […]


Posted July 15th, 2012 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

In a world plagued by violence, barbarity and war, it is hard to conceive of ever living in peace. Yet, that is a dream cherished by the three women who won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize: Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakel Karman. All are crusaders who fight for peace against seemingly insurmountable odds. Of […]

Lindi DeWolf, Published Photographer

Posted July 11th, 2012 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

Please indulge me as I highlight a milestone achieved by my wife, Lindi DeWolf. Today she signed a Letter of Agreement with Beacon Press granting our publisher permission to use her photography on the cover of Gather at the Table. Lindi traveled with Sharon and me on a few occasions in Oregon, New York, and […]

Spirit of Freedom Award presented to Tom DeWolf by African American Jazz Caucus

Posted July 9th, 2012 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

Let Freedom Ring: From Justice to Jazz. On Friday, June 29, 2012, the African American Jazz Caucus held a special awards ceremony at the Indiana Landmarks Center in Indianapolis. The Jazz Masters Award was presented to Melvin Rhyne (jazz organist and original member of the Wes Montgomery Trio), Frank Smith (jazz bassist; performed with Dizzy […]

The Final Chapter – closing of A Novel Idea

Posted June 28th, 2012 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

This is a sad note to post. I’ve procrastinated writing it for months. I learned in January that A Novel Idea, one of my favorite independent bookstores, closed it’s doors in Bristol, Rhode Island last December. Such closings are a sad epidemic across the country. I was so looking forward to making an appearance at […]

Healing Wounds of History through Transformative Theater

Posted June 19th, 2012 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

I’ve been home from Virginia for a few days now. I continue to think about all that I experienced in the Summer Peacebuilding Institute class in which I participated at Eastern Mennonite University: Healing the Wounds of History: Peacebuilding through Transformative Theater. Our instructor, Armand Volkas, is a psychotherapist, drama therapist and theater director. He […]

Jordan’s Stormy Banks

Posted June 16th, 2012 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

Salt Lake City, Utah. I sit in the terminal for an almost-four-hour layover thinking about the past week at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, Healing the Wounds of History through the use of Transformative Theater, and how deep the traumatic wounds can be that impact all of us. I plan to write about the class I […]

“Their blood flows in the streets”

Posted June 14th, 2012 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

I anticipated that I would write today about the class in which I’m participating at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute in Harrisonburg Virginia: “Healing the Wounds of History: Peacebuilding through Transformative Theater.” But an incident in Pittsburgh yesterday changed everything. I arrived at class a little early this morning. One of my classmates walked in and […]

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