Pete Peterson

Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he's the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.


Fare Forward, Thomas McKenzie

By Pete Peterson

For more than a decade, Thomas McKenzie was a beloved member of the Nashville community (and far, far beyond). Yesterday, on August 23rd, 2021, he was killed in an interstate crash along with his oldest daughter, Charlie (Ella).

This loss is unreal and unfathomable to many of us. He was husband to Laura, father to Charlie (Ella) and Sophie, pastor to the Church of the Redeemer in Nashville, author of books beloved to many, speaker at nearly every Hutchmoot, lover of stories (especially movies), lover of the Body of Christ the Church, and my favorite person on earth from whom to hear the Gospel preached. He was also my dear friend. He was the reason I met my wife, and he married us.

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The Long Shadow of Walter Wangerin, Jr.

By Pete Peterson

Walter Wangerin, Jr., died yesterday. He’d wrestled lung cancer for a decade, so it was a long time coming, but death stings no less for the wait.

He was our first Hutchmoot speaker and a National Book Award winner. He wrote some of my very favorite stories in The Book of the Dun Cow, The Book of Sorrows, and Ragman, and Other Cries of Faith. I developed a relationship with him over the years as his editor and learned so much from him, and his words, and the unique ways he used them that I find myself often thinking as I write, “What would Walt say?” And one of the great delights of my life has been the publishing of so many of his books and stories under the banner of Rabbit Room Press.

For me, he was a giant. He threw a long shadow.

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Oasis Audio & Rabbit Room Press Join Forces

By Pete Peterson

In the past couple of years, we’ve enjoyed working with Oasis Audio to bring a number of Rabbit Room Press titles to the audiobook format. Just this year we’ve seen the releases of Henry & the Chalk Dragon (read by Rebecca Reynolds), Every Moment Holy, Vol. 1 (read by Fernando Ortega & Rebecca Reynolds), The Door on Half-Bald Hill (read by Robert Hook, Janet Devlin and Nigel Patterson), and my own stage adaptation of Frankenstein, which was nominated for an Audie Award for Best Audio Drama thanks to the great work of the Oasis team and the incredible cast of actors.

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Video: He Is Risen!

By Pete Peterson

[Editor’s note: This post was originally written and shared last year, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.]

My favorite moment of the entire church year is Easter Sunday. I love standing in the packed sanctuary and hearing the congregation proclaim “He is risen indeed” like a peal of thunder. But this year we don’t get to do that, and no live-streamed church service can adequately replicate that moment.

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Welcome to the Rabbit Room Board!

By Pete Peterson

Five years ago, the Rabbit Room restructured as a 501(c)3 non-profit and one of the great benefits of that decision was the formation of the Board of Directors, a group of people that generously donate their time and energy to come alongside us and help guide the organization.

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Hutchmoot in the Time of COVID

By Pete Peterson

2020 is behind us and 2021 is looking up, but as we plan out the year ahead, there’s still a lot of uncertainty about travel restrictions and limits on gatherings. So rather than take a risk on a Hutchmoot that might run into problems as the year develops, we’re making the decision early on to switch gears again this year to Hutchmoot: Homebound.

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Why Black Friday?

By Pete Peterson

[Editor’s note: Black Friday is coming up in just a couple days, along with its all-too-familiar sense of moral conflict. Many of us are asking questions like, “To what degree can I participate in this without selling my soul to American consumerism?” Well, great question. Last year, Executive Director Pete Peterson wrote a helpful post exploring some of those tensions and why the Rabbit Room chooses to participate in Black Friday. We’re re-sharing it here, along with some of the deals that we are offering this year in the Rabbit Room Store.]

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Hutchmoot: Sonata at Payne Hollow

By Pete Peterson

A man named Harlan Hubbard—a writer, a painter, a musician, a husband, and a lover of the good earth—once wrote: “It happened this morning that I left for wild, far off places.”

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Hutchmoot Headed Your Way

By Pete Peterson

For the past 10 years, Hutchmoot has been an opportunity for like-minded people from far and wide to gather in Nashville and celebrate art, music, story, and faith. But as we all know, this year has been full of surprises.

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The Lost Art of Listening, Part 7: Can I Get a Witness?

By Pete Peterson

[Editor’s note: click here to read Part 6: A Scarcity of Mind by Shigé Clark.]

Several weeks ago when we began this series on the “lost art of listening,” I don’t know that any of us knew exactly where it would end up. But it’s been a delight to watch the topic develop and gather steam.

Andrew, Chris, Drew, Jennifer, Shigé, and Leslie have all articulated valuable facets of why and how we listen to music and carry it with us. It’s my turn now, and I came into this weekend, challenged to write something but honestly having no idea what I might be able to add to such a rich conversation.

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Hutchmoot UK 2020: Cancelled

By Pete Peterson

Hello, folks. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we’ve kept a close watch on developments with an eye toward the viability of Hutchmoot UK this August.

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Rabbit Room LIVE

By Pete Peterson

In this crazy new world of social distancing, the Rabbit Room aims to bring people together around what matters, and we aim to do that in whatever way we can. To that end we’re launching the latest in our attempts to bring good things to light. Welcome to Rabbit Room LIVE, your 24/7 source of live content for a troubled world.

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