Special to Iredell Free News

The writing of local musician Walter Finley is featured in a new book on the lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Good News, Bad News, Who Can Tell? The Pandemic Reveals Wisdom” is a collection of touching stories, lyrics, and poems written by various people on the frontlines of the pandemic. Contributors include educators, COVID-19 survivors, artists, clergy, those who lost loved ones, students, physicians, restauranteurs, and journalists.

Their experiences are expressed through the theme of a Buddhist parable where a farmer greets good or bad news with the same retort: “Good news, bad news, who can tell?”

Published by Archway Publishing, the collection is edited by psychologist Don Worth.

Finley will attend a book signing at Fred & June’s Books in Mooresville on Saturday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Finley and and with April Dawn will perform a few songs he wrote during the pandemic.

There will be readings from the book as well as an opportunity to meet and talk with some of the contributors, including clergy Jeff Hanlin and editor Don Worth.

While most consider the Covid-10 pandemic to be a wholly negative event, Worth chooses to withhold judgment and find wisdom and hope in the pandemic accounts published in this collection.

Fred & June’s Books is located at 248 N. Main Street in Mooresville.