Local author Patricia Colling Egan will launch “A Book of Hours,” published by Conciliar Press, Friday, Sept. 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Owl & Turtle Bookshop, 32 Washington St. in the Knox mill complex. The event includes a reading as well as a book signing.

Eastern and Western Christians share a rich spiritual heritage in the Hours of Prayer — the brief services of praise and psalmody that mark the progress of each day, sanctifying the hours of our lives. Egan digs deeply into the meaning of each of the Hours, drawing on poetry, nature, experience and theology to show how the services reflect the different aspects of our salvation and our lives.

With a background that includes degrees in theology, Anglo-Irish literature, drama and English, Egan divides her time between writing, establishing an Orthodox Church in Midcoast Maine and taming the wilderness she inhabits. Years spent as a Religieuse du Sacre Coeur de Marie, as well as a childhood blessed by the woods and fields of Walnut Hill Farm in Mountainville, N.J., and a lifetime of prayerful study of the scriptures, have been major contributors to the perspective that produced “A Book of Hours.”

For more information, call the Owl and Turtle Book Shop at 236-4769. All are invited.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.