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Award-winning writer compiles “night thoughts” of great thinkers

Left Bank Books presents writer and filmmaker Phil Cousineau, who will sign and discuss his book, Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night’s Journey Into Day (Viva Editions, December 2013), on Saturday, May 10, 2pm, at Left Bank Books in the Central West End (399 N. Euclid).

In Burning the Midnight Oil, word-wrangler extraordinaire Phil Cousineau has gathered an eclectic and electric collection of soulful poems and prose from great thinkers throughout the ages. Whether beguiling readers with glorious poetry or consoling them with prayers from fellow restless souls, Cousineau can relieve any insomniac’s unease. From St. John of the Cross to Annie Dillard, Beethoven to The Song of Songs, this refreshingly insightful anthology soothes and inspires all who struggle through the dark of night.

NPR’s Weekend Edition calls Burning the Midnight Oil “[t]he brighter side of darkness – for some the night inspires. It’s not just vampires who seek the dark: it’s poets, painters, musicians and artists of all kind.” A review from Spirituality & Practice calls Burning the Midnight Oil “engaging, entertaining, and edifying…Anyone who has savored the pleasures of being a night owl will rejoice.”

Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, independent scholar and travel leader, storyteller and TV host. His fascination with art, literature, and the history of culture has taken him in a worldwide search for what the ancients called “the soul of the world.” The author of 26 nonfiction books, he’s a freelance writer, filmmaker, and an expert on film and mythology. He lives in San Francisco.

Phil Cousineau will discuss Burning the Midnight Oil, answer questions, and sign books. This event is free and open to the public. Books for signing are available from Left Bank Books in advance or at the event. For more information, call 314.367.6731 or visit left-bank.com. To request an interview with the author, a review copy of the book, or photos, please contact Lauren Wiser at lauren.w@left-bank.com.

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