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Readers will gather for BookTalk at Bismarck State College on Sunday to discuss “The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit” by Michael Finkel.

Humanities instructor Brian Palecek will lead the discussion exploring the theme "Off the Grid” at Bismarck State College from 1 to 3 p.m. in the library of LEA Hall at 1400 Schafer St.

“The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit” tells the true story of Christopher Knight, who found refuge from the pressures of modern society by living alone in a hidden tent in the frigid woods of central Maine for 27 years.

In 1986, then 20-year-old Knight disappeared and was not seen again until 2013, when he was arrested for theft. Knight later admitted to stealing food and other supplies frequently from frustrated locals. Through interviews with Knight and area residents, Finkel examines the solitary life of the figure known locally as the “North Pond Hermit.”

BookTalk at BSC series books are available at local libraries and booksellers. Discussions are open to all. For more information, call 224-5450 or visit bsc.libguides.com/booktalk/2019

BookTalk at BSC will wrap up the series with “The Mosquito Coast: a Novel” by Paul Theroux on March 3.

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