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Wednesday, 07 October 2015 00:00

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Mobley comes to Whittier

Author Pierce Mobley will host a signing of his book The Innkeeper’s Gift from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Gear Head Inn in Whittier.

The story for The Innkeeper’s Gift came about during a last minute Christmas shopping trip at a mall in Alpharetta, Georgia, on Christmas Eve of 2004. While shopping, the story began welling up in his heart and on the verge of tears, he dropped his unpurchased items and quickly sped home to begin to write. Three and a half hours later The Innkeeper’s Gift was born. The cover illustration was inspired from the manger scene Pierce’s mother has had for years.


Memoir of globetrotting pastor

A reception celebrating the second printing of the late Pastor Harold Borchert’s first book Hitherto...A Biographical Testimony will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

First published in 1992, the autobiography details stories from Borchert’s childhood in Holland, Michigan, through his military service and work as a missionary in post-World War II Japan, and as Presbyterian minister in the southeastern United States.

In Hitherto, Borchert wrote about memories from watching flying fish by moonlight on the deck of a freighter with his wife, Lois, and baby girl, Sue, to prison guards fearing for his safety when a man serving time for killing a guard reached out to hug him during a one-on-one meeting. He also wrote about pastoring congregations, which included Malvern Hills in Asheville and First Presbyterian Church and Covenant Presbyterian Church in Waynesville. He was a founding minister of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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Carden selected as featured speaker

Storyteller Gary Carden was recently chosen as a featured speaker for a national conference, which convened at Lake Junaluska. 

The weeklong conference in mid-September was held in the 1,700-seat conference center. The theme for the conference, “Then Jesus Told a Story,” celebrated the art of storytelling as a vital means of bringing the teachings of Jesus to life in the modern world. The Church of the Brethren, a nationwide church with a worldwide mission of reducing poverty, war and suffering has ministries in every major city.

Carden said that he was selected to speak because the church’s Director of Intergenerational Ministries initiated a search for a storyteller who told stories with “a personal mythology” and stressed the use of stories as a means of unifying people. He said that his DVD, “Blow the Tannery Whistle” was instrumental in his selection.

“The experience frightened me a bit,” said Carden, who had never told stories to that many people at one time. He considered his speech a success. “I guess you could say I got a standing ovation, but that is not entirely true. This audience was elderly, so it was mostly a ‘sitting ovation.’”

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Ron Rash to present new work

Acclaimed Southern Appalachian writer Ron Rash will discuss his latest novel Above the Waterfall at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

In this poetic and haunting tale set in contemporary Appalachia, The New York Times bestselling author illuminates lives shaped by violence and a powerful connection to the land.

Les, a longtime sheriff, is just weeks from retirement when he is forced to contend with the ravages of crystal meth and his own corruption in his small Appalachian town. Meanwhile, Becky, a park ranger with a harrowing past, finds solace amid the lyrical beauty of the North Carolina mountains.

Enduring the mistakes and tragedies that have indelibly marked them, they are drawn together by a reverence for the natural world. When an embittered elderly local is accused of poisoning a trout stream on the property of a nearby resort, Les and Becky are plunged into deep and dangerous waters, forced to navigate currents of disillusionment and betrayal that will force them to question themselves and test their tentative bond and threaten to carry them over the edge.

The event is free and seating is limited.

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