Next Live @ Lanier event to feature memoir on woman’s fight against breast cancer

Published 8:00 am Thursday, December 6, 2018

Next week, the Lanier Library will welcome Dick Wall, husband of Carol Wall, the author of the memoir, Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening, the story of two friends affirming life within the eventuality of death. 

Carol died of complications of breast cancer in Dec. 2014, just nine months after her book was published to critical acclaim. Dick, according to Carol’s wishes, will carry on the book’s message at a Live @ Lanier program at noon on Tuesday.

Carol Wall was a woman both resentful of her disease and constantly worried about her health before meeting Giles Owita, who becomes her gardener and her friend. Carol was diagnosed with breast cancer before she met Owita and is diagnosed again during their friendship.

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Over the months, which turn into years, Owita’s calm resolve quenches Carol’s panic. He teaches her not to let illness define her, and she receives a new concept of freedom.

Ironically, unknown to Carol until much later, Owita is battling his own frightening disease.

Dick and Carol’s children carry on the message of her book, speaking to groups across the country about the enduring themes of friendship, faith, humanity, transformation and the wonderful secrets of life. 

The Lanier Library is pleased to offer this free program to all in the community during this season of hope and renewal, event organizers said.

– Submitted by Clare O’Sheel