The Moore American

March 12, 2014

Westmoore grad pens book

American Staff
The Moore American

MOORE — On March 29, Oklahoma native Ben Montgomery will be at Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 Northwest Expy., Oklahoma City, signing copies of his book, “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail” (Chicago Review Press, April 2014).

The book is Montgomery’s first and only biography devoted to the trailblazer. Utilizing interviews with surviving family members and hikers Gatewood met along the trail, newspaper and magazine articles and unprecedented access to Gatewood’s own diaries, trail journals and correspondence, Grandma Gatewood’s Walk explores her childhood on a farm near the Ohio River, her treacherous marriage to a man who nearly killed her and her survival against man and nature in the Appalachian wilderness.

Montgomery was born in Tulsa in 1978 and graduated from Westmoore High School in Moore in 1996. His extended family and in-laws still reside in Tulsa and Oklahoma.

On March 27, Montgomery will be inducted into the Westmoore High School Hall of Fame.