Nationally known authors to speak in Mount Gilead

Staff Report

MOUNT GILEAD — Internationally known Amish farmer and author David Kline will be the keynote speaker at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at Mount Gilead High School as part of the Mount Gilead Autumn Writers Retreat.

Kline will discuss his inspiration toward becoming a nationally recognized author of four books including “Letters from Larksong: An Amish Naturalist Explores his Organic Farm” and “Scratching the Woodchuck: Nature on an Amish Farm.”

As an organic farmer in Holmes County, Ohio, Kline writes about the importance of farming and good stewardship of the soil. When not plowing or tending his herd of Jersey cows, David finds time to write from his rustic log cabin on the east side of the family kitchen garden. The cabin doubles as an occasional inn where such visitors as author Wendell Berry from Kentucky have stayed.

The speaking engagement will also feature Les Roberts, currently a mystery writer based in the Cleveland area with a book series featuring the fictional detective Milan Jacovich. The author also has 25 years of experience as a writer and producer in Hollywood, including stints on Candid Camera and the Jackie Gleason Show.

Roberts will talk about his method of capturing ideas for writing through observation using “The Writer’s Eye,” as well as sharing his knowledge and experience as an actor, writer and producer.

Sponsored by the Mount Gilead Area Writers Guild, the event at Mount Gilead High School is free and open to the public. Following the speaking engagement there will be a panel presentation. Pre-registration is recommended. Interested participants may preregister by calling the Rose Heart Inn at 419-946-6668.

Staff Report