DAVIDSON – Tony Abbott, local author, poet and Dana Professor Emeritus of English at Davidson College, is leading a series of classes on the contemporary Christian novelist Ron Hansen at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St.

The class meets Sunday mornings through May 8, except Easter Sunday, April 24, at 9:45 a.m. in room B of the church’s Congregation House. Class members are studying the novels “Mariette in Ecstasy” and “Exiles,” which focus on the life of poet Gerard Manley Hopkins and the nuns whose deaths inspired the writing of Hopkins’ poem “The Wreck of the Deutschland.”