Satirist and bestselling author Tony Hendra talked with Joseph Planta about his new novel, The Messiah of Morris Avenue (Henry Holt, 2006), a funny and insightful novel about what would happen if Christ came back to walk amongst a nation where the religious right dominates every aspect of American life. Hendra also offers his thoughts about the current political climate in the United States, and his previous memoir, Father Joe, is also discussed.
|The Messiah of Morris Avenue by Tony Hendra. (Henry Holt, 2006)
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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
The new funny and insightful novel, The Messiah of Morris Avenue, takes a satirical and perhaps prescient look at the way America could look like if the religious right wins the culture wars. As well, how that not-too distant America would react to the second coming of Jesus Christ. Joining me today is its author, the one and only Tony Hendra.
Tony Hendra is the acclaimed satirist who was once editor in chief of Spy magazine, a founding editor of National Lampoon, and the author of the remarkably wonderful memoir, Father Joe (Random House, 2004), which is a book I still think about from time to time. He is also remembered for his portrayal of Ian Faith in the motion picture, This is Spinal Tap. The Messiah of Morris Avenue is published by Henry Holt and retails for $32.00 CDN ($24.00 USD). I am pleased to welcome to Planta: On the Line, Tony Hendra; Good morning, Mr. Hendra.
The official website for The Messiah of Morris Avenue, and podcasts: http://www.henryholt.com/messiahofmorrisavenue/