A panel of Arcadia religious leaders and young community residents will discuss pressures to meet expectations and the religious themes of a new novel written by a local author who will be the featured guest at the second annual Arcadia’s Best Foundation “One Community, One Book” program at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 in Jordan/Fellowship Hall of the Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 400 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia.
Residents are encouraged to read the provocative and inspirational novel Cliff Falls by C.B. Shiepe, who will be interviewed and answer questions from the audience, as well as read some passages. The book is available at Arcadia’s The Book Rack, 204 S. First Ave., as well as on Kindle, The Nook, at Vromans Book Store, and at CliffFalls.com.
Drama students from Arcadia High School will present dramatic interpretations of two short scenes from the story about a former child TV star running from his past and the pressure of expectations who is invited to a mega-church where the spotlight and demands present another challenge.
Free refreshments will be provided by Togo’s sandwich shop in Arcadia.
Shiepe, the brother of Arcadia’s Baldwin-Stocker Elementary School teacher Bayne Meza, recently appeared on the “Real Orange” TV program on PBS affiliate KOCE channel 50 being interviewed about the book that he says has become the all-time top-selling self-published novel at Vroman’s book store in Pasadena. The novelist also appeared at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and last month’s Arcadia’s Best Patriotic Festival.
The tagline for Cliff Falls is: What happens when you run into everything you’ve been running from?
“One Community, One Book” began more than a decade ago as a book club for the entire community to enjoy together simultaneously. Dozens of cities all across the country from Pasadena to New York have started similar programs with great success.