Scott Gould ’81 has a new novel, “Whereabouts,” published this fall. Set in the deep South of the 1970s, the book is the powerful coming-of-age story of an independent teenager who desperately longs to flee her small, claustrophobic hometown. From cheap campgrounds to roadside bars, to the cracked Formica counter of a crumbling pancake house, she wanders the back roads of a forgotten South looking for a safe place to land.

Dean Hartley ’68, who was named as a top scientist by Marquis Who’s Who in May of 2020, has two scientific books released in November. The first is “An Ontology of Modern Conflict.” The second is “Cognitive Superiority: Information to Power,” a more popular science book co-authored with Ken Jobson, M.D. Both books were published by Springer International Publishing. Hartley is principal of Hartley Consulting.

John Lane ’77, who recently retired from Wofford and was named professor of environmental studies emeritus, recently celebrated the release of his latest novel “Whose Woods These Are.” The story takes place on Thanksgiving in a deep river bottom in the mythical Morgan, S.C. It tells of the death and disappearance of an 85-year-old landowner and deer hunter from four perspectives.

Harriett Willimon Putman ’99 is the producer of “Everything Happens,” a Kate Bowler podcast produced through Duke University. It’s becoming increasingly popular, and two of the podcast guests are Wofford graduates: Lanecia Rouse Tinsley ’00 and Bishop Will Willimon ’68.

“Some experiences can only be captured in the making. And this beautiful soul, Lanecia Rouse Tinsley, is one of my favorite creators. Her art reminds me that even during life’s most turbulent times, something beautiful can be made.”

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“Have you ever wondered if you were called to something? My guest today, Methodist preacher and very dear friend Will Willimon has a lot of wisdom about the difference between a job and a calling and the ways God interrupts our lives, often calling unlikely people to projects and plans that are weirder and more wonderful than we might have planned. Plus, you’ll hear about the time I had to offer Will some... ahem... much-needed perspective.”

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Olin Sansbury ’59 recently published reflections on his life in “Joint Ventures: A Life Enriched by the Good Will of Others.” The book includes South Carolina history and captures political and institutional changes in the state. Sansbury is chancellor emeritus of the University of South Carolina Upstate. He also teaches in the Lifelong Learning at Wofford program and has a class slated for the spring term.

The books are available from Upstate, S.C., independent book sellers as well as through Amazon.