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BOOK TALK & VIRTUAL SIGNING WITH MORRIS AUTHOR STEPHEN DREW

Press Release 10/1/20

(Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library and House of Books are pleased to announce a book talk and virtual signing to present the new work of Morris resident Stephen Drew. On Monday, October 26, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Mr. Drew will discuss his newly published memoir, Into the Thin, A Pilgrimage Walk Across Northern Spain.

He will recall the transcendent journey of the body, heart, mind, and spirit from the French Pyrenees Mountains, crossing northern Spain for 500 miles to the city of Santiago de Compostela, and beyond to the coastal town of Finisterre. He will share the experience of walking a thousand year old road, the Camino de Santiago, the Way of Saint James, and its miraculous, mysterious ways. In parts a travelogue, a love letter to Spain, and a chronicle of change under the influence of grace, this is a story told in the language of the soul. Suffused with resilience, it is a dialogue between humanity and its spirit.

“It felt like an emotional crucifixion—a dark year in which a father figure passed, a friend and mentor suffered a terminal illness, one child entered psychosis, another child took his life, a 14 year marriage ended. As a new life began, an ancient pilgrimage called from across an ocean. Would it hold any answers? Were there any answers to be had? Questions are always temporal, but it seems pilgrimage follows the designs of the eternal,” the author recalls.

Stephen Drew lives in the northwestern Connecticut town of Morris, a bucolic community that surrounds Bantam Lake. He moved there after a period of personal loss and tragedy, searching for peace and simplicity; a place to collect himself.

Called to walk the Camino de Santiago, the Way of Saint James, Spain’s thousand year old pilgrimage route, he came to a journey of physical, psychological, and spiritual implications. Among the many outcomes of this walk was the reawakening of his writing voice, and a longing to share the story.

The memoir Into the Thin, A Pilgrimage Walk Across Northern Spain is his first published work. He is currently shaping his next book.

Stephen continues his practice of daily walking, mostly on the roads and paths around Bantam Lake. Hiking here and elsewhere serves as a centerpiece of contemplative living and a connection to Source.

“Stephen Drew walks us through the liminal spaces that he discovers on the Camino de Santiago. He opens and shares hopes of redemption and healing while connecting with nature and other pilgrims along the way. And in doing so, he encounters the sacred,” says Stacey Wittig, author of Spiritual and Walking Guide: Leon to Santiago.

To purchase a copy of Into the Thin, A Pilgrimage Walk Across Northern Spain, go to House of Books.

This event is free and open to the public. On Zoom. Please register for Zoom login information.

House of Books, located at 4 North Main Street, features a large selection of current releases, literature and children’s books in addition to a carefully curated selection of cards, gifts, calendars, reading glasses and journals. For more information or to order books go to houseofbooksct.com.

The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination. The Kent Memorial Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut. Visit www.kentmemoriallibrary.org for more information.