Makery Coworking in New Milford will offer a free book lecture and signing with Dr. Christopher L. Kukk May 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Kukk will discuss and sign copies of his new book “The Compassionate Achiever.”

The program will include a lecture about the benefits of practicing compassion, which include more constructive relationships, improved intelligence, and increased resiliency.

Kukk is professor of political science/social science at Western Connecticut State University and the founding director of the Center for Compassion Creativity and Innovation, which hosted a visit by His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama back in October 2012.

A Q&A session and book signing will follow at the Bank Street center.

Seating is limited and pre-registration is encouraged at