Reading Van Gogh with Betsy Cox

Reading Van Gogh with Betsy Cox

March 28th 2024 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


For the reader who enjoys notes on the human condition, the beauty that the world has to offer, and the importance of perspectives, join us at Hub City Bookshop on March 28th at 6 PM for an evening with Betsy Cox as she discusses her memoir, Reading Van Gogh: An Amateur's Search for God. "

"If you are looking for a book that will take you deeply into your quest for and love of God, search no further. With eloquence, imagination and profound insight, Elizabeth Cox takes us to God via the unexpected lens of Vincent Van Gogh, and in the process deepens, expands, and enhances our understanding of both God and Van Gogh."

— Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, Clement-Muehl Professor of Divinity Emerita, Yale Divinity School

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About the Book 

Vincent Van Gogh, even with his mental illness, poverty, isolation, and persistent failure, reflected compassion remarkable for his own life of rejection. He loved God. He loved beauty. He acknowledged his own shortcomings and was never as good as he wanted to be. He might be an unlikely role model for some, since he was neither saintly nor successful; but his serious attention to human suffering, as well as to beauty in the world around him, gave this author a different vision. Cox writes about her own experiences: weeks spent living in a homeless shelter in New York City, a trip to the Mid-East where she visited Yasser Arafat in his compound, an unexpectedly impacting Alaskan adventure, working with abused/neglected children, and the explorations of the mind through reading.

Reading Van Gogh  plunges into the ideas of psychologists, artists, poets, physicists, and fiction writers who combine reason, imagination, and experience in a way that might enlarge the definitions we live by.

About the Author

Elizabeth Cox has published five novels, a collection of short stories, and a book of poetry. She has won the North Carolina Fiction Award, the Lillian Smith Award for a novel, and in 2013 she was awarded the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction. Cox taught creative writing at Duke University for seventeen years and has also taught at Bennington College, Boston College, and MIT. She resides in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Learn more about her at

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