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Friday, February 7, 2003


Author John Hanson Mitchell speaks at library

John Hanson Mitchell will read from his new book, Following the Sun, about his 1500-mile bike ride from the port of Cadiz to just below the Arctic Circle, on February 13, from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room at Gleason Public Library. He follows the European spring up through southern Spain, the wine and oyster country near Bordeaux, to Versailles (the palace of the "Sun King"), Wordsworth's Lake District, precipitous Scottish highlands, and finally to a Druid temple on the island of Lewis in the Hebrides, a place where midsummer is celebrated in pagan majesty.

In true John Mitchell fashion, this journey is interspersed with myth, natural history, and ritual, all revolving around the lure and lore of the sun. His pilgrimage will appeal to all those who look south in February and are drawn to dunes, picnics under castle walls, spring flowers, terraced vineyards, Moorish outposts, magic, and celebrations.

Author Mitchell has written many books on the natural world and how people have shaped and been shaped by where they live. He edits Sanctuary, the journal of the Massachusetts Audubon Society and lives in Littleton.

This is the second program of the second annual free February series sponsored by the Carlisle Cultural Council (CCC). The CCC is the local arm of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that supports public programs in the arts, humanities, and science. The CCC is grateful to the Friends of Gleason Library Book Club for sharing the Hollis room on their meeting date. Call chair Jennifer Brock with questions at 1-971-287-9551.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito