Acclaim for ‘Tale’ author Mosher; WNY stops planned

Saturday, March 27, 2010
By Ben Beagle,

Past “Tale for Three Counties” author Howard Frank Mosher’s latest
novel, “Walking to Gatlinburg,” has been singled out this week on The
Indie List.

The list of the nation’s best-selling books at independent bookstores
has Mosher’s novel of a harrowing Civil War era journey “On the Rise”
among its hardcover fiction books.

In January, the title was named a “Notable Pick” for March by the
American Booksellers Association, which compiles The Indie List each
week. “Walking to Gatlinburg” was released March 2, and debuted March 5
at No. 23 on The Indie List. It is at No. 19 on this week’s list.

Mosher and his novel “Northern Borders” were featured in the 2004 “A
Tale for Three Counties” community reading project in Genesee, Orleans
and Wyoming counties.

Mosher is scheduled to make two stops next month in Western New York as
part of his ongoing “The Great American Book Tour.” Each stop includes a
reading, slide show and book signing. The new slide show, “Transforming
History into Fiction: The Story of a Born Lair,” chronicles the author’s
seven-year adventure writing “Walking to Gatlinburg.”

The tour is due to visit Lift Bridge Books, 45 Main St., Brockport, at 7
p.m. April 26. Books will be available for purchase. For more
information, call (585) 637-2260.

Then, on April 27, Mosher heads to Buffalo for a 7 p.m. program at
Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave. For information, call (716) 854-1694 or go

“Walking to Gatlinburg,” Mosher’s 11th novel tells the story of the epic
journey of 17-year-old Morgan Kinneson — of the Kingdom County,
Vermont, Kinnesons from previous Mosher novels — south through war-torn
America, to the Great Smoky Mountains. Morgan is searching for his older
brother, who is missing in action in the Civil War. Morgan experiences
many of the horrors of war, and also inherits a full-grown elephant from
a dying gypsy, meets Thomas Jefferson’s black son, an Amish woman who
lives in a tree, and falls in love with a runaway slave woman. Along
with a remarkably accurate repeating rifle that Morgan calls Lady
Justice, he carries a mysterious map containing a runic code to the
location and identities of Underground Railroad operators.

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