The University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Lunch with Author series will present Carol Wall’s “Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart” at noon Sept. 29 at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island.
Tickets are $42 and include lunch.
“Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart” is the first-person, nonfiction story about Wall’s unlikely friendship with Giles Owita, a Kenyan-born landscape designer who took on the task of rehabilitating Wall’s neglected yard in Roanoke, Va. Diagnosed with cancer before she met Owita, Wall had begun to lose faith in her religion, humanity and herself. The book follows their blossoming friendship; their unusual relationship creating a bond that bridged their different backgrounds and taught them both about the secrets life has in store.
Wall received her third cancer diagnosis in 2013, just a few months before “Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening” was published by Amy Einhorn Books. Wall was too sick to make appearances, and she passed away in December 2014, just nine months after publication.
Since Wall’s passing, her family, led by her husband, Dick, has redoubled their efforts to promote her work. Dick Wall will present his wife’s work at the Lunch with Author series.
Details and tickets: http://www.uscbcenterforthearts.com/lunch-with-author