Norman author Wayne Iverson will share lessons learned during his journey from student at Yale to hobo to monk as he reads from his recently published book, Hobo Sapien, Freight Train Hopping Tao and Zen. Readings and booksigning will occur at both the Second Sunday Poetry Reading on January 9 at 2:00 P.M., and the 2nd Friday Circuit of Art from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. on January 14. Both events are hosted by the Performing Arts Studio, located in the Norman Depot, 200 South Jones. Live railroad music will accompany the readings.
Hobo Sapien is a series of freight train parables born out of the author’s 12-plus years riding freight trains, combined with lessons learned in his 7-year stint as a monk, with the added bonus of fascinating railroad history. Armchair adventurers, rail fans and spiritual seekers will all gather intriguing information from the book. Written with subtle humor, readers will get a unique immersion into the underground world of the hobo along with Iverson’s spiritual takes.
When Iverson was in a Masters degree program at the University of Oklahoma, Religious Studies Professor Tom Boyd, Ph.D. worked on the book with him, wrote its Foreword, and has used Hobo Sapien in his Religion, Culture and the Meaning of Life class. The students’ ringing endorsements of the book fill the last five pages.
"A virtual case study in contemporary and historical Americana, this is an especially helpful text for easing students into cultural, historical and religious studies." Professor Boyd says. “Brilliant, entertaining, informative, and often hilarious” says Richard Blake in Amazon Review. The Iversons have just returned to Norman after a successful 9,000 mile booksigning tour. They will be moving from Norman soon to return to the Colorado mountains.
For additional information on this and other programs of The Performing Arts Studio, visit phone (405) 307-9320.