I Am Herod

By (author) Richard Kelly Kemick
Categories: Christianity, Religion and beliefs, Philosophy and Religion, The arts: general issues, The Arts
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
Paperback : 9781773101422, 240 pages, October 2019


Armchair-atheist Richard Kelly Kemick joins the 100-plus cast of The Canadian Badlands Passion Play, North America’s largest production of its kind. From the controversial choice of casting to the bizarre life in rehearsal, this glorious behind-the-scenes look at one of Canada’s strangest theatrical spectacles also confronts the role of religion in contemporary life and the void left by its absence for non-believers.


  • Short-listed, Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction 2020


"In the end, I Am Herod is a very funny book with an underlying pathos and sweetness which I found quite moving. "

- <i>Atlantic Books Today</i>

"Kemick's book is that delicious cross between Waiting for Guffman and The Studhorse Man, a rousing personal comedy that dances between the sweat of art and the glue of experience. Nothing like it exists in non-fiction, but don't read it for that reason. Read it because it sticks to your fingers and you can't shake it off. "

- Dave Bidini, author of <i>Midnight Light: A Personal Journey to The North</i>

"Well-observed and poignant, this is a fascinating look into a largely unknown world. "

- Michael Coren, author of <i>Epiphany</i>

"Laugh out loud funny. . . . Kemick’s own faith or lack thereof is . . . one of the deeper themes that courses beneath the comedy. "

- <i>Calgary Herald</i>

"Richard Kemick spends a summer in Alberta's Bible Belt where it may be easier to find God than a vegetarian meal. There, he confronts age-old questions about belief with near-miraculous freshness, honesty, and humour. A deeply personal investigation of the blurred border between faith and imagination. "

- Marcello Di Cintio, author of <i>Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense</i>