Book group looks to the future

Dec 25, 2012

Belfast — Those dreaming of a more secure and fulfilling future for everyone are invited to be part of a three-session book group to discuss “The Fifth Sacred Thing” by Starhawk. The group will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 22, Feb. 5 and Feb. 19 in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

Published in 1993, this novel offers many provocative insights into building a community based on natural principles and the enlightening potentials of art that have not lost any of their relevance over the past 20 years.

Stephanie Wade, professor of writing at Unity College, will lead the book group. Last spring, Wade participated in Starhawk’s online class How to Redesign the World: Lessons from “The Fifth Sacred Thing.” She also presented her research on Starhawk and permaculture at a number of conferences. She hopes that this book group will be an opportunity for the community to imagine the best possible futures for our area and to create plans to bring our dreams to life.

Copies of “The Fifth Sacred Thing” are available through inter-library loan at the Belfast Free Library or to purchase at Left Bank Books and Bella Books. In addition, supplementary reading material and a brief reading guide will be available to pick up at the library in early January.

In order to have enough copies of the materials, it is suggested that participants sign up in advance by stopping by the main circulation desk at the library or calling 338-3384, ext. 10. The program is sponsored by Belfast Area Transition Initiative, Belfast Free Library and the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities of Unity College. Light refreshments will be provided.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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