Open book

Franklin College will host two upcoming literary events with local writers next week.

Franklin College Professor David Carlson has written a new mystery novel — his first work of fiction. The book comes out this fall, and to celebrate, the college will host a book released party Nov. 1.

Carlson is a professor of philosophy and religion. The book “Enter by the Narrow Gate” is the first in a new mystery/thriller series. The party will be 8 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Henderson Conference Room in the Johnson Center for Fine Arts. Refreshments will be available. The event is open and free to the public.

The release party will include a short reading of the book, a book signing and an interview-based conversation about writing and publishing with Callista Buchen, Franklin College associate professor of English and creative writing. Copies of the book can be purchased for $14.99.

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The mystery series features a cerebral and troubled Detroit police detective, Christopher Worthy, and his friend, Father Fortis, a garrulous Orthodox monk. The two men make a perfect team: the monk’s gregarious manner opens hearts, and the detective’s keen intuition infiltrates psyches, according to a statement from the college.

The book is also available on and

Carlson’s first work of nonfiction, “Peace Be with You: Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World,” was selected as one of the Best Books of 2011 in the area of spiritual living by Library Journal. His second book on religious terrorism, “Countering Religious Extremism: The Healing Power of Spiritual Friendships,” will be released by New City Press in 2017.

Carlson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Wheaton College (Ill.), a Master of Arts degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West (biblical theology) and a doctorate from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland (New Testament studies). He has taught at Franklin College the past 38 years. For more information, visit

Also next week at Franklin College, two Indiana University journalism professors will read and share their work.

Tom and Kelley French will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Richardson Chapel, Franklin College. Their talk is the second lecture of a reading and lecture series of prominent Indiana-based creative writers, “The Future is Now: Indiana Creative Writers Read.”

Tom French is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the Riley Endowed Chair in Journalism at Indiana University. He is the author of “Unanswered Cries,” “South of Heaven” and The New York Times bestseller “Zoo Story.” Kelley French is a professor of practice in journalism at Indiana University. A former reporter and editor for the Tampa Bay Times, she was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for “Never Let Go,” a series about her daughter, Juniper’s survival. Tom and Kelley French’s memoir about Juniper’s birth at 23 weeks gestation, “Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon,” was released Sept. 13.