Today begins the 25th annual Chesterton Conference, convening at the Brady Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas. The theme of this year's meeting is "The Best of All Impossible Worlds." 2006 also marks the 100th anniversary of Chesterton's book Charles Dickens, so some of the presenters will be aiming their talks in this direction.
This is the first year that we've attended, so I'm not sure what to expect. To be quite honest, outside of some of the writers for Gilbert magazine, the only speaker I'm familiar with is Joseph Pearce, author of many biographies of Catholic writers and co- editor of the St Austin Review. His talk this year is on C. S. Lewis.
Dale Ahlquist, President of the American Chesterton Society, promises that there will be many opportunities to purchase books, so, although the conference is free, you still need to bring plenty of money, or a little plastic card, if you'd like to defer the pain.
We're looking forward to this year's conference, having missed last year's because we were in the midst of moving. This year, we're almost all settled in, so we can afford to take some time for some fun. We'll report back next week.