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Piedmont marks new book with reading and reception

Barbara Brown Taylor talks about "Learning to Walk in the Dark"

POSTED: April 3, 2014 1:00 a.m.

North Georgia fans of author Barbara Brown Taylor can read about her recent experience of exploring the ideas and traditions that equate darkness to the sinister in her new book, “Learning to Walk in the Dark.”

A reception, reading and book signing for her will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Demorest. Sponsored by the Piedmont College Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, the free event will be at the museum at 567 Georgia St. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

In her 13th book, Taylor decides not to believe everything she hears about the dark. Instead of turning away from it, the author heads into it, embarking on a yearlong journey that takes her into dark caves, underground nightclubs, subterranean chapels and unlit cabins in the woods on nights with no moon. Taylor discovers a spirituality of darkness along the way that provides a life-saving antidote to the full-solar spirituality available in the marketplace.

Taylor is the Butman professor of religion at Piedmont College. An Episcopal priest since 1984, she is the author of 12 other books, including the New York Times bestseller “An Altar in the World.” Her first memoir, “Leaving Church,” met with widespread critical acclaim, winning a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association.


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