Author Natalie Goldberg will be at Eagle Harbor Books on March 16th at 7 pm for a truly special evening. She will speak about her new book “The Great Spring: Writing, Zen and This Zig Zag Life.” And the event also marks the release of the 30th anniversary edition of her classic book “Writing Down the Bones,” which has sold over one million copies and been translated into 14 languages.

In her beautiful new book, “The Great Spring“, Natalie tells stories that include moments of awareness drawn from her years of writing, teaching, and practicing Zen.

In this podcast interview, by Skype from her home in New Mexico, Natalie talks about her enduring devotion to Zen meditation and how it is interwoven with her writing and teaching. She touches on some of the stories in her new book, including her meeting with Bob Dylan’s high school English teacher. And she comments on why one should not write to get love.

In 1986, “Writing Down the Bones” inspired writers and would-be writers to “free the writer within” by grabbing “fast” pens and journals and keeping the hand moving to get stories, experiences and observations down on paper. For years, Natalie has encouraged writers to move beyond self-doubt, to listen deeply and discover their voices through letting the writing rip — consistently and with gusto.

The new edition has forewords by Julia Cameron and Bill Addison and includes a new preface in which Natalie reflects on what she has learned about writing in the last 30 years.

A revered teacher, her workshops inspire writers from all over the world. She currently lives in northern New Mexico, where she writes, hikes and paints, though she says she feels at home in many parts of the world.

Join Natalie Goldberg at Eagle Harbor Books on March 16th at 7 p.m. Because a large audience is expected, you are asked to sign up for the event in advance at the store or on the EHB website. Those who purchase the book in advance will receive priority in seating and for the author’s signing.

Credits: BCB host: Anna McClain; BCB audio editor and social media publisher: Barry Peters.