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On Performance

One of my favorite writers, Clyde Edgerton, doesn’t just read from his books. He tells stories and sings and plays guitar. He is funny, poignant, and entertaining. I have always wanted to do that but . . .

In the past, I have been a little hesitant about public readings. I am not shy or afraid of speaking. But my previous books have been deeply personal. I think that is why they work and am grateful that many people have made a connection with their own stories. But it has been hard to get up in front of people and share. I think of Take My Hand and Parables of Parenthood as private conversations between the reader and me.

My new book, however, is a work of fiction. I have created these characters and want to share them. And I hope to have a wonderful time doing so.

In the coming weeks and months, I will be appearing in the public to give readings. Like Edgerton, I plan to bring my guitar, sharing a few songs and stories that have inspired me and connect to my novel, Earning Innocence. The first of these public performances is September 20 in Winston-Salem. Full details are available by clicking on the link below.

I hope you will be able to join me. I have always wanted to do this.


Book performance, September 20, 3-5 pmĀ 


About Andrew Taylor-Troutman

I am a pastor and a preacher, a writer, a husband and a father. My professional and personal lives are deeply involved with story-telling: stories that are silly and poignant or profound and commonplace. Stories that are tear-jerkers and belly-shakers. Stories about my son, Sam, and the congregation I serve, New Dublin Presbyterian Church. Each in its own way, these personal narratives shed light on the great story that God is writing with humankind and all of creation.


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