Jeannine Lauber will present her new book, “Chosen Faith, Chosen Land: The Untold Story of America’s 21st Century Shakers: at the downtown Camden Public Library Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The new book is an unparalleled study of the contemporary Shaker faith.

Over a 15-year period, journalist and author Lauber was granted unprecedented access to the private lives of the last remaining Shakers, allowing her to reveal what it means to be a Shaker at Maine’s own “chosen land” around Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester. In her book, she pierces many popular misconceptions and myths about the Shakers — most notably that they are all dead — in a tapestry of Shaker quotations, exclusive interviews and photographs. “Chosen Faith, Chosen Land” takes a historic, current, and forward-looking view of the Shaker religion and community and is as much about modern-day Shakers and their current outreach initiatives as it is about founder Mother Ann Lee. Topics such as faith, community, work, and worship are discussed in the context of Shaker history and contemporary life.

The book was published in December by Down East Books and copies will be available for signing courtesy of The Owl & Turtle Books.

Lauber of Casco is a nationally recognized, multiple Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist who has spent more than two decades covering the news. Although she is best known for her work as a prime-time anchor, her passion is long-form investigative journalism for which she was awarded an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2000.

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