Peter Matthiessen Wheel wright, a former Berkshire resident now an architect and associate professor of design at the New School University in New York, has come out with his first book, "As It Is On Earth," published by Fomite Press of Burlington, Vt.

The 306-page paperback has as its central character as young college professor named Taylor Thatcher, scion of a fallen family of Maine Puritans trying to chart his own course away from family entanglements over seven days leading up to Columbus Day and the end of the millennium in 1999.

"We lived in Pittsfield and Lenox for many years, " Wheelwright said. "My father, Henry Wheelwright. was a founding doctor of the Berkshire Medical Center. We were both Norman Rockwell models, and I spent first and second grade at the oldest one room school house in America (Morewood School on South Mountain Road); later at Berkshire Country Day School."

Wheelwright's uncle, Peter Matthiessen, best known as a writer on nature and conservation, is a three-time National Book Award winner.

"As It Is On Earth" is priced at $15.95. For more information: www.fomitepress.com