Emmy Award-winning journalist Jeannine Lauber will present an illustrated talk on her new book “Chosen Faith, Chosen Land: The Untold Story of America’s 21st Century Shakers” Sunday, Feb. 21 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Left Bank Books, 21 E. Main St./Route 1. The program is the second in the bookshop’s Winter Lyceum series of six informal talks on Sunday afternoons, all free and open to the public.

Best known as a primetime anchor for the ABC News affiliate in Portland, Lauber attended her first Shaker worship service 15 years ago. She had recently moved to Maine from Ohio and was looking for a church to join when a neighbor directed her to “a great little church” down the street. That church was the House Church at Sabbathday Lake, the only remaining Shaker community in Maine and in the country. Although Lauber did not become a full-fledged member of the Shakers, she did become a regular at weekly worship, intrigued by their history and deeply moved by their faith. In hindsight, she said, finding her way to the Shakers was not a coincidence but a calling.

“I can be a tenacious reporter and I just had an old-fashioned reporter’s instinct that there was something more going on (with the Shakers). Spending 25 years as a journalist had gotten me ready to sink my teeth into this story,” she said.

The story is that the Shaker movement is very much alive. While the Shakers themselves are very few in numbers, their key beliefs are still vibrant, finding new life in a “post-modern” Christian church that holds that faith is about “doing something,” not just believing.

Lauber’s talk on Sunday will cover Shaker history and beliefs on such topics as faith, worship, work, and community and the Shakers’ place within the broader spectrum of American religion. She also will share some of the oral histories and photographs made during five years of research at Sabbathday Lake. All of her interest and study has resulted in the recently published Down East books volume, which she will be signing.

For more information about Sunday’s program or other talks in the Winter Lyceum series; or to reserve a copy of Lauber’s book, call Left Bank Books at 548-6400. The shop is open daily.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.