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Award-winning journalist and LaGrange native Lee “Mose” Walburn has published a book of favorite works from the past five decades – “Just My Type, 50 Years Preserved in Ink.”

Walburn and his book will be celebrated at a public reception and book signing from 4-6 p.m. Friday LaGrange College’s Frank and Laura Lewis Library, 601 Broad St.

Walburn said the book is not for his own gain or glory. A cancer survivor, he decided the time was right because he wants to help a cause close to his heart. All proceeds from the book benefit Cancer Navigators, a nonprofit that helps cancer patients in Northwest Georgia and their loved ones on their journey.

Walburn is known for his heartfelt storytelling about everyday life, and many of those have LaGrange connections. In fact, the first column in the book, “The Mill is My Shepherd,” is about growing up in his hometown. In others, like “Chalk It Up to Experience” and “What I Discovered at Miss Berta’s School,” Walburn pays tribute to local educators and coaches and their influence on his and others’ lives. He graduated from LaGrange High School in 1955 and from LaGrange College in 1959.

Walburn prefers celebrating the brighter side of experiences rather than the grave.

“I trust there are enough of you who won’t consider me foolish just because I frequently break out in a rash of good nature in this book,” he said. “I have decided that if I can’t enlighten the world, I will see if I can make it grin.”

Though he’s currently a popular columnist for the daily newspaper in Rome, Walburn’s writing and editing chops are known throughout Georgia and beyond. Under his 15-year leadership as editor-in-chief of Atlanta Magazine, it won more than 200 awards for excellence, more than 80 of them national awards.

He was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the national City and Regional Magazine Association and is a member of the Georgia Magazine Association Hall of Fame. As a writer, he has won national, regional and state awards for magazine stories and for his columns.

The public is invited to the Friday signing at the Frank and Laura Lewis Library. Attendees are asked to park in the lots adjacent to the pedestrian bridge on Vernon Street. A campus map can be found at www.lagrange.edu/map/map.html

If any guests need special assistance, they may contact the Office of Alumni and Community Relations at 706-880-8244 or alumni@lagrange.edu

Anyone seeking more information on the book may email catkins@cancernavigatorsga.org or call 706-295-4119. Copies may be ordered from the nonprofit’s website at www.cancernavigatorsga.org.

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