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November 1, 2011

Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling

Sentient Publications is proud to announce the new book Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling, by Laura Simms, distributed by National Book Network, with a foreword by Deena Metzger. Laura Simms, called "a major force in the revival of storytelling in America" by the New York Times, promotes peacemaking, creativity, and community dialogue through humanitarian projects worldwide.

Our Secret Territory explores the power of storytelling and how it can serve as a tool for compassionate service in the world. The book offers a direct sense of what takes place between storyteller and audience, which is more like a waking dream than a witnessed performance and more akin to spiritual journey than literary event. The book is interspersed with short tales, quotes, and poems to inspire reflection and nurture a sense of mystery. Throughout, a single fairytale unfolds, winding in and out like a river through cities of stories, offering further clues into the intangible symbolic journey that can connect us with our wholeness and stabilize "that place of inner peace and creativity."

Laura Simms has served as artist-in-residence at universities, created original theater-dance works, co-designed a playground, and worked with refugees. In 1999, she won the Sesame Street Sunny Days Award for her contribution to children of the world. Under a grant from Mercy Corps, she took her storytelling work to teachers and children in post-Katrina New Orleans. Most recently Laura began a similar project with International Medical Corps in Haiti. She is the mother of former Sierra Leone child soldier Ishmael Beah, bestselling author of A Long Way Gone. To read more about her work go to www.laurasimms.com.

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