by Amy Macfarlane
December 2, 2005: Carolyn Weaver, producer and host of Fine Print and other
book- and print-related television series, is adding another show to her oeuvre.
The Voices of Religion, a contemporary look at religious and spiritual issues, will
launch in January on three Rogers-owned OMNI channels in Western Canada
and on Rogers Television in Eastern Canada.
The first two episodes were shot on location at a Buddhist monastery outside of
Toronto and feature Weaver's interview with Ajhan Brahm, abbot of a Buddhist
monastery in Australia and author of the book, Who Ordered This Truckload of
Dung? Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life's Difficulties, published by Wisdom
Publishers in October.
In subsequent episodes, Weaver will talk with Tom Harpur, author of The Pagan
Christ: Rediscovering the Lost Light (Thomas Allen Publishers), and discuss
Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gilead (HarperCollins
Canada) with guest panelists. Other issues to be addressed include spirituality
and native Canadians and religion in the workplace. Forty half-hour episodes
are slated for the 2006 broadcast season.
While the show was developed with audiences of the Rogers-acquired "multifaith"
channels out west in mind, Weaver thinks The Voices of Religion will have
broad appeal. "We are all thinking more about religion," she says. For those
who aren't, she'll also be speaking to Michael Adams, author of American
Backlash (Penguin Canada), about why Canada, against global trends and its
own national history, is becoming less religious.
In other Weaver news, viewer response is behind a recent change at Fine Print,
her weekly "book club." Weaver says parents have been asking for more content
on books for younger readers, so she will close each episode with a brief
highlight of children's books with the first highlight to air on this week's episode.
A support section on the website is currently under development.
article from Q&Q Omni, the online version of Quill & Quire magazine.