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LITERARY LOCAL | Retired College of DuPage English Professor and Author Creative Non-Fiction Books


The Long Way Home: Detours and Discoveries

GLEN ELLYN–Glen Ellyn resident Tom Montgomery Fate, retired College of DuPage English Professor, taught creative writing and literature for more than 30 years. During his tenure educating students, he also found time to author five creative non-fiction books, including Cabin Fever, a nature memoir and Steady and Trembling, a spiritual memoir. This summer’s newly published book, The Long Way Home: Detours and Discoveries, is a travel memoir that follows Fate’s ventures from his small-town upbringing to vastly different cultures around the world.

“I am often inspired by what I call framed moments (or images) which are charged with emotion and meaning,” says Fate. “They often have metaphorical implications and can be extended into a story.” With experiences that include praying with Lakota elders in a sweat lodge in South Dakota, canoeing with his son in the freezing rain in Canada and teaching English at a small college in the Philippines, Fate brings the reader through his spiritual journey to a different definition of “home”.

Readings and discussions of The Long Way Home are scheduled Sunday, September 11th at the Printers Row Book Festival (11am, Grace Place) and on Sunday, September 18th at the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn (11am).

The Long Way Home is currently available in local bookstores as well as online through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


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