A meet the author program with Muriel Stockdale will be held Jan. 3 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at New Milford Public Library.

Stockdale (www.murielstockdale.com) will discuss her debut novel, “Gabriel Born,” which merges science and the mystical in an entertaining story.

In the book, the heroine, Sheila, embarks on a mission to save her life with science and ends up transformed by the unusual child she creates.

Sheila, a cold and calculating scientist discovers empathy and love, which sends her in a direction conflicting with the scientific reality she once knew and relied on.

Gabriel, her miraculous son, is a gift she must protect. She and no one else can contain Gabriel. Encounters with her magical child become awe-inspiring events that uplift characters.

Stockdale’s successful 35-year career in entertainment as a designer, director, filmmaker, teacher and artist honed her ability and desire to tell stories.

In 2003, Stockdale created the support group The Institute of Spiritual entertainment dedicated to helping artists share enlightened ideas.

A graduate of the University of Vermont and New York University, Stockdale is also an artist currently completing a study of diverse USA flags entitled - E Pluribus.

The program will be held at the Main Street library.