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Nora Gallagher

Speaker on Faith and Author of "Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic"

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Nora Gallagher Biography

Annie Dillard has said that Nora Gallagher’s writing “describes church life and spiritual life with absolute accuracy.” Gallagher is the author of three memoirs: Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic; Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith, and Practicing Resurrection. Gallagher’s upbringing in New Mexico, close to Los Alamos, gave her inspiration for her novel Changing Light, published by Pantheon Books in 2007. Changing Light posits what would have happened had one of the physicists working on the bomb decided to leave the project and work against it? What if he left the secret city under the cover of night, she realized, and swam across the Rio Grande. Who might have found him?

Nora has received many writing fellowships (MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, Mesa Refuge) and her readings and lectures include events at the University of California, Berkeley; Stanford University; All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, the Quest Project (Methodist Bishops Annual Retreat), as well as “Growing in the Spiritual Life” Conferences. She was keynote speaker at the triennial gathering of the Women of the Evangelical Church in America (ELCA) in 2011. Along with her books, Nora Gallagher also assigns and edits environmental essays for Patagonia, Inc. (an outdoor clothing manufacturer that gives 1% of its profits to environmental causes). Nora is the editor of the award-winning Notes from the Field, published by Chronicle Books in 1999. She was educated at St. John’s College (the College of the Great Books) and sits on the advisory board of the Yale Divinity School. She has preached widely, including at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle; St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego and Stanford Memorial Church. She is available and prepared to lead retreats, give readings, teach workshops, present at clergy days or other special events, and deliver keynote addresses and lectures.

Speaking Topics
  • The Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic

    In 2009, writer Nora Gallagher was told her right optic nerve was inflamed, its cause unknown, a condition that, if left untreated, would cause her to lose her sight. And so began her departure from ordinary life and her travels in what she calls Oz, the land of the sick. Based on her arduous journey, Nora offers deeply felt meditations on suffering and vulnerability.

    • For medical audiences: What doctors and clinic staff might learn from a well-formed, articulate patient about the country patients are living in as well as vulnerability and its ramifications for medical relationships.

    • Faith audiences: Gallagher offers a nuanced discussion of faith—as she has in her prior memoirs--that will interest spiritually minded readers as well as anyone interested in living an introspective life. Her lectures regarding vulnerability are of particular interest to those communities seeking a way to revive Christianity in this challenging time. Gallagher describes her personal experience pulling back from the Christianity formed in the 4th century (the empire’s religion) and returning to an earlier path, made by followers of Jesus, not as King but as fellow sufferer.

    • General audiences: With unerring candor, and no sentimentality whatsoever, Gallagher describes the unexpected twists and turns of the path she took through a medical mystery and an unfathomably changing life. She gives us a singular, luminous map for traversing dark landscapes. She sheds light on the misunderstood idea of vulnerability and its gifts.

  • Above the Bomb

    In her novel, Changing Light, Nora Gallagher asks: what would have happened had one of the physicists from Los Alamos decided to leave the Manhattan project and work against it? The result is a love story set in the summer of 1945 in the shadow of Los Alamos and the making of the first atomic bomb. In this talk, Gallagher explores writing and imagination and our capacity to find moral clarity by bringing to light a shadowed history.

  • Faith and the Practice of Writing

    Many of us have skewed ideas about how to write. Well-meaning professors who were not writers taught outlines, the three-point essay, and “ transition” sentences. Add church lingo and religious clichés and you’ve got writing that often ends up solipsistic or, worse, dishonest. This workshop puts many writing doctrines aside and replaces them with different, more active and alive methods of discovering voice. In addition, participants may find that faith can be clarified or revived by the practice of good writing.

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Books
Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic

Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic

Changing Light (Vintage)

Changing Light (Vintage)

Practicing Resurrection: A Memoir of Work, Doubt, Discernment, and Moments of Grace

Practicing Resurrection: A Memoir of Work, Doubt, Discernment, and Moments of Grace

Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith

Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Nora Gallagher?

    Booking fees for Nora Gallagher, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Nora Gallagher, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Nora Gallagher?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Nora Gallagher for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Nora Gallagher for your next private or corporate function.
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Nora Gallagher Biography

Annie Dillard has said that Nora Gallagher’s writing “describes church life and spiritual life with absolute accuracy.” Gallagher is the author of three memoirs: Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic; Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith, and Practicing Resurrection. Gallagher’s upbringing in New Mexico, close to Los Alamos, gave her inspiration for her novel Changing Light, published by Pantheon Books in 2007. Changing Light posits what would have happened had one of the physicists working on the bomb decided to leave the project and work against it? What if he left the secret city under the cover of night, she realized, and swam across the Rio Grande. Who might have found him?

Nora has received many writing fellowships (MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, Mesa Refuge) and her readings and lectures include events at the University of California, Berkeley; Stanford University; All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, the Quest Project (Methodist Bishops Annual Retreat), as well as “Growing in the Spiritual Life” Conferences. She was keynote speaker at the triennial gathering of the Women of the Evangelical Church in America (ELCA) in 2011. Along with her books, Nora Gallagher also assigns and edits environmental essays for Patagonia, Inc. (an outdoor clothing manufacturer that gives 1% of its profits to environmental causes). Nora is the editor of the award-winning Notes from the Field, published by Chronicle Books in 1999. She was educated at St. John’s College (the College of the Great Books) and sits on the advisory board of the Yale Divinity School. She has preached widely, including at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle; St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego and Stanford Memorial Church. She is available and prepared to lead retreats, give readings, teach workshops, present at clergy days or other special events, and deliver keynote addresses and lectures.

Nora Gallagher Speaking Topics

  • The Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic

    In 2009, writer Nora Gallagher was told her right optic nerve was inflamed, its cause unknown, a condition that, if left untreated, would cause her to lose her sight. And so began her departure from ordinary life and her travels in what she calls Oz, the land of the sick. Based on her arduous journey, Nora offers deeply felt meditations on suffering and vulnerability.

    • For medical audiences: What doctors and clinic staff might learn from a well-formed, articulate patient about the country patients are living in as well as vulnerability and its ramifications for medical relationships.

    • Faith audiences: Gallagher offers a nuanced discussion of faith—as she has in her prior memoirs--that will interest spiritually minded readers as well as anyone interested in living an introspective life. Her lectures regarding vulnerability are of particular interest to those communities seeking a way to revive Christianity in this challenging time. Gallagher describes her personal experience pulling back from the Christianity formed in the 4th century (the empire’s religion) and returning to an earlier path, made by followers of Jesus, not as King but as fellow sufferer.

    • General audiences: With unerring candor, and no sentimentality whatsoever, Gallagher describes the unexpected twists and turns of the path she took through a medical mystery and an unfathomably changing life. She gives us a singular, luminous map for traversing dark landscapes. She sheds light on the misunderstood idea of vulnerability and its gifts.

  • Above the Bomb

    In her novel, Changing Light, Nora Gallagher asks: what would have happened had one of the physicists from Los Alamos decided to leave the Manhattan project and work against it? The result is a love story set in the summer of 1945 in the shadow of Los Alamos and the making of the first atomic bomb. In this talk, Gallagher explores writing and imagination and our capacity to find moral clarity by bringing to light a shadowed history.

  • Faith and the Practice of Writing

    Many of us have skewed ideas about how to write. Well-meaning professors who were not writers taught outlines, the three-point essay, and “ transition” sentences. Add church lingo and religious clichés and you’ve got writing that often ends up solipsistic or, worse, dishonest. This workshop puts many writing doctrines aside and replaces them with different, more active and alive methods of discovering voice. In addition, participants may find that faith can be clarified or revived by the practice of good writing.

Nora Gallagher Videos

  • Moonlight Sonata by Nora Gallagher

Nora Gallagher Books

FAQs on booking Nora Gallagher

  • How to book Nora Gallagher?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Nora Gallagher for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Nora Gallagher, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Nora Gallagher or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Nora Gallagher?

    Booking fees for Nora Gallagher, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Nora Gallagher, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Nora Gallagher?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Nora Gallagher for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Nora Gallagher for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Nora Gallagher or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Nora Gallagher or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Nora Gallagher is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic, Above the Bomb and Faith and the Practice of Writing. The estimated speaking fee range to book Nora Gallagher for your event is available upon request. Nora Gallagher generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ian Morgan Cron, Melody Wilding, Shasta Nelson, Christine Clifford and Celeste Goodwin. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Nora Gallagher for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Nora Gallagher Speaking Topics

  • The Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic

    In 2009, writer Nora Gallagher was told her right optic nerve was inflamed, its cause unknown, a condition that, if left untreated, would cause her to lose her sight. And so began her departure from ordinary life and her travels in what she calls Oz, the land of the sick. Based on her arduous journey, Nora offers deeply felt meditations on suffering and vulnerability.

    • For medical audiences: What doctors and clinic staff might learn from a well-formed, articulate patient about the country patients are living in as well as vulnerability and its ramifications for medical relationships.

    • Faith audiences: Gallagher offers a nuanced discussion of faith—as she has in her prior memoirs--that will interest spiritually minded readers as well as anyone interested in living an introspective life. Her lectures regarding vulnerability are of particular interest to those communities seeking a way to revive Christianity in this challenging time. Gallagher describes her personal experience pulling back from the Christianity formed in the 4th century (the empire’s religion) and returning to an earlier path, made by followers of Jesus, not as King but as fellow sufferer.

    • General audiences: With unerring candor, and no sentimentality whatsoever, Gallagher describes the unexpected twists and turns of the path she took through a medical mystery and an unfathomably changing life. She gives us a singular, luminous map for traversing dark landscapes. She sheds light on the misunderstood idea of vulnerability and its gifts.

  • Above the Bomb

    In her novel, Changing Light, Nora Gallagher asks: what would have happened had one of the physicists from Los Alamos decided to leave the Manhattan project and work against it? The result is a love story set in the summer of 1945 in the shadow of Los Alamos and the making of the first atomic bomb. In this talk, Gallagher explores writing and imagination and our capacity to find moral clarity by bringing to light a shadowed history.

  • Faith and the Practice of Writing

    Many of us have skewed ideas about how to write. Well-meaning professors who were not writers taught outlines, the three-point essay, and “ transition” sentences. Add church lingo and religious clichés and you’ve got writing that often ends up solipsistic or, worse, dishonest. This workshop puts many writing doctrines aside and replaces them with different, more active and alive methods of discovering voice. In addition, participants may find that faith can be clarified or revived by the practice of good writing.

Nora Gallagher Speaker Videos

  • Moonlight Sonata by Nora Gallagher

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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