Winner! Audience Award &Jury Award @ Austin Film Festival

The Book Keepersfollows the uplifting journey of a husband who keeps his wife’s dream alive by becoming the spokesperson for her book after her death.

Carol Wall’s debut memoir – about cancer, friendship, and cultivating an open heart – was a breakout success. But joy turned to tragedy when the breast cancer she wrote about returned, and she died months after its publication.

Carol’s husband, Dick, determined to help her life-affirming message find its audience, becomes the book’s unlikely spokesperson and embarks on a nationwide book tour. He’s joined by the couple’s filmmaker son, Phil, who captures his dad’s efforts to ensure her dream lives on. The result is an intimate portrait of love and loss – an ode to the healing power of storytelling.

Penguin/Random House published Carol Wall’s book Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart, about her friendship with a gardener from Kenya, and lessons learned about finding grace in the face of heartbreak and uncertainty. The memoir was named a Top 10 of the Year by AARP and USA Today. Dick Wall’s book tour has so far tallied more than 225 events in 30 states.


A film by Phil Wall
Opens June 17, 2022 in Live & Virtual Cinemas