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Spirit work while the crisis reigns – author reading & talk webinar hosted by Banyen Books
August 22, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
A Generation’s Worth, Spirit work while the crisis reigns
August 22, 2021 – 1:30-2:30pm PDT (4:30pm start EST) – free webinar
Stephen Jenkinson will share wisdom with audience Q&A from his new book, ‘A Generation’s Worth: Spirit work while the crisis reigns‘. Jenkinson has described A Generation’s Worth as “something of a plague document… dispatches from the front lines of a strange occupation undeclared.” What does a life’s work mean in a time of undoing? A Generation’s Worth sets out to learn liveable answers. Dying and death, love and matrimony, money and soul, aging and elderhood, drawn through the eye of a pestilential needle: this is the spirit work, and that is the crisis.
He wrote a clutch of dispatches from the frontier of his memory, a plea for awakening, for authentic recall. Part recitation, part memoir, part transcription of a libretto of lament, it’s written on account of the plague, that disheveled revealer that came among us.
He aimed for brevity this time. Severity might have come in its place. He wondered – he still wonders – whether the work he’s taken up is useful in a time of plague. So he held himself to the standard of utility. He dated the entries: notes preparing for the call, the session itself, and its aftermath. Times four.
All of it occurred between the end of January and the end of March, 2021. Unwilling to be among the beauty bereft this time, unwilling to have this sentry unadorned in a time of trouble, he wanted the book to have a physical heft and grain unknown to its precursors.
A Generation’s Worth is hardcovered, and it is illustrated: five grabado scenes illuminate the account. The artist and author went further: they made a hundred packets of hand pulled prints on handmade paper from the original plates at a printshop in Oaxaca in May, numbered and signed them. Then they destroyed the plates. They’re already a memory.
Banyen Books is an independent bookstore in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Kolin Lymworth founded Banyen when he was in his late teens, and continues to guide the store with great heart and care to this day. Banyen is renowned as Canada’s leading bookstore in spirituality and healing. Possibly the most comprehensive bookstore of its kind in North America, it is one of those special places that people think of as a sanctuary or an oasis that’s deeply rooted in the life and imagination of the region. Banyen typically hosts 2-3 events per week: https://www.banyen.com/event-