Author Pat Garber (originally from Short Pump) having spent the winter at her home on Ocracoke Island, NC, which was hard hit by Hurricane Dorian, will speak about the challenges, heartaches, and joys of trying to rebuild in a disaster area, as well as about her new books, in a lecture entitled My Shining Palace.
"On September 6th, 2019, Hurricane Dorian, having only a few days before wrecked havoc in the Bahamas, swept across Ocracoke Island. In less than an hour it changed everything; the landscape, the village, the lives of all, myself included, who called it home. I wasn't there, but in the months since then I have experienced the shock, heartache, fear, and hopelessness that have besieged the island. My house, like so many others, is uninhabitable. Yet the generosity of islanders, volunteers, and other caring people has been uplifting, and there is a determination to rebuild and recover."
Richmond native Pat Garber is a naturalist, an anthropologist, and an award-winning author. She has also been a milkmaid, a fisherwoman, a waitress, an archeologist, a museum director, a teacher, and much more, living in many parts of the country. All these experiences she incorporates into her writing. She is the author of such books as "Ocracoke Wild," "Heart Like a River," "The View from the Back of a Whale" and newly released "Glenmore Farm," "Westward Bound with the Bloxtons," and "Birchbark Chronicles." Garber has won numerous awards for her newspaper articles and columns in North Carolina and 1st Place in the "Virginia Outdoor Writers Association's" Excellence in Writing competition. She calls home Ocracoke Island, NC; the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York; and her home state of Virginia.