Natalie Goldberg discusses her book The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life

Fri 3/10, 6pm-7pm
Natalie Goldberg discusses her book The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life

*** This event is free to attend, but you must purchase The Great Spring from Flyleaf to be admitted into the signing line. The earlier the book is purchased the earlier your position in the signing line. ***

From beloved writing teacher and author of the best-selling Writing Down the Bones: a treasury of personal stories reflecting a life filled with journeys—inner and outer—zigzagging around the world and home again.

Here, Natalie Goldberg, “a writer both energized and enlightened” (Julia Cameron), shares those vivid moments that have wakened her to new ways of being. We follow alongside her mapless meanderings in the New Mexican desert and her pilgrimages to Bob Dylan’s birthplace and to Larry McMurtry’s dusty Texas ghost town of rare books. We feel her deep hunger while she sits zazen in a monastery in Japan, and her profound loss when she hears of the passing of a dear friend while teaching in the French countryside.

Through it all, she remains grounded in a life informed by two constants: the practices of writing and of Zen. With humor and insight, Natalie encircles around the essential questions these paths compel her toward: Where does this life lead? Who are we?

This is a book to be relished one awakening at a time. Each story is a reminder that no matter how hard the situation or desolate you may feel, spring will come again, breaking through a cold winter, bringing early yellow forsythia flowers. And the Great Spring of enlightenment—that sudden rush of acceptance, pain cracking open, obstructions shattering—will also burst forth.

Natalie Goldberg is the author of ten books. Writing Down the Bones, her first, has been translated into twelve languages. For the last thirty years she has practiced Zen and taught seminars in writing as a spiritual practice. She lives in New Mexico.

Event date: 
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781611804072
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Shambhala - February 14th, 2017