David Allaway



David Allaway is the director of the Heritage Program for the Saint John's Bible and has held that position for 3 years. Prior to joining Saint John's, Allaway held numerous upper management positions in the Fashion Industry, serving as senior vice president of sales and marketing for companies such as Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karen and Sean John. He resides in NYC.


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The Saint John's Bible

The Saint John's Bible is a work of art and theology. A team of artists coordinated by Donald Jackson in Wales and a team of scholars in central Minnesota have brought together the ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination with an ecumenical Christian approach to the Bible rooted in Benedictine spirituality. The result is a living document and a monumental achievement.

In the 1990s, renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson observed the monks of Saint John's Abbey processing with their Book of the Gospels for Sunday Mass, and he recognized the importance of "their book." To create a Bible that would capture the beauty and tradition of centuries of liturgy and carry it into the future is the vision that united a calligrapher in Wales with a group of Benedictine monks in Minnesota.

The Saint John's Bible is separated into seven volumes. This was done for practical reasons — each completed, bound volume weighs as much as 35 pounds, with a combined weight of more than 165 pounds. It also produced interesting artistic results. While images and motifs repeat across volumes, each collection of biblical books takes on its own character. We can approach each collection and discover its particular character and place in the grand story of salvation.

Four of the seven volumes will be on display at the 2013 Louisiana Book Festival: the Pentateuch; the Psalms; the Wisdom Books; and the Gospels and Acts.


Book-loving volunteers are essential to the Louisiana Book Festival's success. Whether it's escorting authors, guiding visitors, selling refreshments, working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion or other fun and rewarding assignments, the Louisiana Book Festival wants you to join the volunteer team.

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