The Santa Fe Center for Mindfulness is happy to co-host William Powers, author of the "green living" bestseller Twelve by Twelve and New Slow City, will read from his new book, Dispatches from the Sweet Life, followed by a discussion and book signing at Collected Works Bookstore.
Dispatches from the Sweet Life: One Family, Five Acres, and A Community's Quest to Reinvent the World (September, 2018)
Many people fantasize about dramatically changing their lives — living in accordance with their ideals rather than the exigencies of job, bills, and possessions. William Powers actually does it. In his first book, Twelve by Twelve, Powers lived in an off-grid tiny house in rural North Carolina. In New Slow City, he and his wife, Melissa, inhabited a Manhattan micro-apartment in search of slow in the fastest city in the world. Here, the couple, with baby in tow, search for balance, humanity, and happiness in Suraqueta, Bolivia. They build an adobe house beside a prolific orchard and organic garden and weave their life into the community of permaculturists, bio-builders, beer brewers, artists, and creative businesspeople. Can this transition town succeed in the face of encroaching North American capitalism, and can Powers and the other settlers find the balance they’re seeking? Dispatches from the Sweet Life is compelling, thought-provoking, and, no matter the outcome, inspirational.