I Am Herod
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>