Island writer Pat Garber will be at the Ocracoke Preservation Society David Williams museum, 49 Water Plant Rd., from 1 to 3 p.m.  tomorrow (Friday) for a meet-and-greet and signing of her new book of poetry and selected prose, “The View from the Back of a Whale.” See story here.

A prolific nonfiction and creative writer, in 2016 Garber won first place for feature writing from the North Carolina Press Association for her story, “Ringside Seat for an Ancient Ritual,” on the peregrine falcon migration on Ocracoke.

Pat Garber. Photo: P. Vankevich

Her books include “Ocracoke Wild” (Down Home Press, 1995) and “Ocracoke Odyssey” (Down Home Press, 1999) both collections of nature essays, and the children’s books “Little Sea Horse,” “The Story of the Ocracoke Ponies” (Ocracoke Preservation Museum, 2006) and “Little Matey,” a fictional account of how the first Ocracats got to Ocracoke via Blackbeard’s trips here.

“Heart like a River: the story of Sergeant Major Newsom Edward Jenkins 14th North Carolina Infantry, 1861-1865” (Schroeder Publications, 2011) includes excerpts of a diary written by her great grandfather during his time fighting for the South in the Civil War.

“Paws and Tales” (Schroeder Publications), is a novel narrated by Kali, a sailor cat and Harvey, an island dog.

Pat has a background in anthropology, history and education, with a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from Northern Arizona University.

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