Event Details

Joe Hight to sign "Unnecessary Sorrow"

”November 12, 2019”
6:30 pm” – “8:00 pm

An Oklahoma farm boy grows up to become a priest, a priest for life–or so Paul Hight believes and the Catholic Church teaches. Yet when mental illness descends on Hight in middle-age, instead of seeking care for him as it would a priest with cancer or heart disease, the Church purges him from its priestly ranks. While his family keeps Hight from ever becoming homeless, that safety net is not enough to keep him safe in the end. In 2000, Hight is shot and killed in an unfortunate encounter with police that is seen too often with the mentally ill on the streets of America. A decade later, still haunted by the death of his older brother, former newspaper editor Joe Hight turns his journalistic skills on finding out the truth of his brother’s exit from the priesthood and the lessons to be found in his brother’s death with a hope that such unnecessary sorrow might never happen again.

Joe Hight is a journalist, writer and educator who has spent his life in the pursuit of ways and stories to help and impact people’s lives. He helped found the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, now based at Columbia University. He has led and been involved in projects that have won numerous national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 2014. He’s written essays and chapters on trauma, journalism and ethics. He is the endowed chair of journalism ethics at the University of Central Oklahoma and director of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in which he is also a member. He writes a column called “Oklahoma Joe,” a nickname he received in Colorado. He and his family own Best of Books, an independent bookstore in Edmond, Oklahoma. Unnecessary Sorrow is his first book.

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