Randy Boyagoda on Conversations on the Catholic Imagination: Why Dante Matters Today

September 9, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Randy Boyagoda on Conversations on the Catholic Imagination: Why Dante Matters Today

Join Randy Boyagoda virtually at the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage in marking the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death—and his enduring influence on the Catholic imagination in theology, art, politics, and culture. Part of their series of Conversations on the Catholic Imagination.

Taking place on September 9 from 4:00–5:30 CDT (5:00–6:30 EDT), Randy will be joined in conversation by Fr. Stephen Gregg (Our Lady of Dallas Cistercian Abbey), Angela Alaimo O’Donnell (Fordham University), and Paul Mariani (Boston College, retired).

The event is free and open to the public on Zoom. Register here!



Middle-aged, married, but living on his own, Prin has lost his way. Desperate for money and purpose, he moves to small-town Indiana to work for an evangelical millionaire who’s building a theme park inspired by Dante’s Inferno. He quickly becomes involved in the difficult lives of his co-workers and in the wider struggles of their opioid-ravaged community while trying to reconcile with his distant wife and distant God. Both projects spin out of control, and when a Black teenager is killed, creationists, politicians and protesters alike descend. In the midst of this American chaos, Prin risks everything to help the lost and angry souls around him while searching for his own way home.

Following Original Prin, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and Globe and Mail Best Book, Dante’s Indiana is affecting and strange, intimate and big-hearted—an extraordinary journey through the darkly divine comedies of our time.


Randy Boyagoda is the author of six books, including the novels Governor of the Northern Province, Beggar’s Feast, and Original Prin. His work has been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize, and named a Globe and Mail Best Book of the year and New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. An essayist, book critic and radio columnist, he is a professor of English at the University of Toronto, where he lives with his wife and their four daughters.


Purchase your copy of Dante’s Indiana from Biblioasis here!