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Janet Planet

Lerman Eleanor
Year Grant Awarded 2008

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The literary embodiment of the Woodstock generation, Carlos Castaneda became a world-wide celebrity in the 1960s with his books on alternative spirituality. Today, his writings continue to influence a new generation of spiritual seekers although many now believe that the basis of his work, a meeting with a sorcerer in the Mexican desert, was a product of his imagination. In her new novel, Janet Planet, acclaimed poet Eleanor Lerman builds on the fascinating story of Castaneda's life and his core group of women followers, known as the Witches, as a metaphor for what happened to many people of that generation and the hippie movement itself. Janet Planet, which The Woodstock Times called a "subtle but affecting page-turner," can be ordered from Mayapple Press.