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Author, weaver to talk about newest novel at Jesup on Feb. 6

Posted Feb. 05, 2013, at 12:46 p.m.
MelRice | BDN

Fiber artist and author Savitri L. Bess will be at the Jesup Memorial Library tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 6, for a book signing for her new novel, “The Sophia Secrets” on Wednesday, beginning at 7 p.m.

“People want to be inspired by stories of spiritual quest,” she says. “This story will do that.” She added , “ The protagonist is an elder and I think elders in particular kind of lose the drive for a spiritual quest.”

“The Sophia Secrets” follows Anne Demaree, who moves to the Maine coast in her elder years on a quest to heal and purge her anger. That quest takes her to a Hindu temple in India and into the deepest recesses of her own consciousness and her heart. She must contend not only with old woman she keeps encountering on her walks; but with the questions of whether a budding relationship with a retired philosophy professor is in the cards for her and whether she can help with a crisis concerning his drug-troubled son.

Ms. Bess will have copies of the book for sale, along with copies of her previous novel, “Offer me a Flower” and the nonfiction “The Path of the Mother,” which was published by Ballantine in 2000.

The author is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Foundation. She has master’s degrees in counseling psychology and fiber arts. Ms. Bess is a counselor, astrologer and tapestry weaver who lives in Southwest Harbor.

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