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Durham County Library Hosts Author Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Program: Meet the Author: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Date: Saturday, May 3
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host spiritual writer Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove for a reading from his new book, Strangers at My Door: A True Story of Finding Jesus in Unexpected Guests, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, at the Main Library, 300. N. Roxboro St.

Strangers at My Door tells the stories of Rutba House, a ministry that Wilson-Hartgrove and his wife, Leah, started ten years ago in the Walltown neighborhood of Durham. Their idea was that they would open the door to whomever knocked, and with this principle in mind, they have welcomed hundreds of people into their house and their lives. As the Wilson-Hartgroves met, shared and helped change the lives of neighbors and new friends, their lives were changed too. Wilson-Hartgrove will read excerpts from his book, and a book signing will follow the reading.

In addition to running Rutba House, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is an Associate Minister at the historically black St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church. He also directs the School for Conversion, a nonprofit organization that holds outreach activities in state prisons and around the community, striving to help communities “unlearn habits of social division.” He has authored and co-authored 11 books on new monasticism, money and race in church, merging faith with a modern world, and other faith-based topics. He is a graduate of Duke Divinity School.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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