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New Book by North Carolina Film Critic Gareth Higgins

9781938633171-Perfect_COVER.inddForthcoming from Burnside Books is Cinematic States by Gareth Higgins, a well-known writer, peace activist, retreat leader, and the founding director of the Wild Goose Festival. The book will be available for sale on November 5, 2013.

In Cinematic States, northern Irish writer Higgins explores American myths in one of their most powerful forms. This irreverent yet moving journey through each of the 50 states of his adopted homeland asks whether a Kansas yellow brick road really does lead to the end of the rainbow, and does it first have to pass through Colorado’s Overlook Hotel? Amidst the multipurpose woodchippers, friendly exorcists and faulty motel showers, resurrected baseball players and miracle-working gardeners, what do the stories we tell reveal about ourselves, and how can we reimagine who we are?

Mentored by John O’Donohue and Walter Wink, Gareth has worked as an academic teaching Reconciliation Studies and Sociology, and broadcaster for BBC Radio. For the past seven years he has co-presented the award-winning internet radio show The Film Talk. He is deeply rooted in the Celtic tradition of earthy spirituality, good humor, and unbridled imagination.

Gareth is taking Cinematic States on the road in 2014, speaking, facilitating conversation, and leading workshops that reflect on cinema, storytelling, being human, and rethinking America. He is offering several kinds of opportunities to engage with the provocative and healing ideas in the book, including “Storytelling as a Way to Personal Transformation,” “How Movies Helped Save My Soul: Finding Spiritual Fingerprints in Culturally Significant Films,” and “Re-imagining America through Active and Self-Critical Citizenship.”

Visit Gareth’s blog here or the publisher’s website here.

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