'Planet Narnia' author to speak at BGSU

The author of a new book examining C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia series will speak at the University on Jan. 22.

Dr. Michael Ward, author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis, will discuss how medieval cosmology, a subject that fascinated Lewis throughout his life, offers the key to understanding the seven novels.

His talk, “C.S. Lewis, Narnia and the Seven Heavens,” will begin at 6:45 p.m. in 308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union and is free and open to the public.

Planet Narnia, released this month by Oxford University Press, argues that Lewis secretly based the Chronicles of Narnia on the seven medieval planets.

The University Bookstore will be offering copies of Planet Narnia for sale at the event.

According to Dr. Bruce Edwards, English and Africana studies and associate dean for distance education and international programs, “Dr. Ward is a major international scholar on C.S. Lewis, and those who are interested in the origins and impact of the Narnian stories will be engaged by his unique argument.”

The study, in which Ward draws on previously unpublished drafts of the Chronicles, offers a major reassessment of Lewis’s literary and theological outlook and also prepares readers for the May release of the next movie in the Narnia series, “Prince Caspian.

Edwards will moderate a discussion following the talk.

Ward has been a faculty member in theology at Cambridge University and has his Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

For more information about the event, contact Edwards at, or 2-7302.

January 14, 2008