TUESDAY 2/25. CALS Ron Robinson. 6:30 p.m. Free.
Asked by Oxford American Poetry Editor Rebecca Gayle Howell about why he chose to tackle the notion of religion in “Southernmost,” his sixth in a sequence of widely acclaimed novels, Silas House said this: “The word ‘Christian’ is so loaded right now, and frankly I think that there is good reason for that. … In a time when I feel like everything is being boiled down into absolutes, it’s more important than ever to explore the most mysterious gray of all: faith.” Being a believer, House said later in that same interview for Image, “is almost as innate for me as being gay is.” As a voice long heard in The New York Times, Time, Salon, Garden & Gun, NPR’s “All Things Considered” and our own Oxford American, House undoubtedly has more than a single evening’s fodder to dish about with this “South Words” installment’s moderator, Sibling Rivalry Press’s Editor-in-Chief Seth Pennington, but, hey, we’ll take what we can get. Doors open at 6 p.m.; House will also sign books.