Coloring Outside the Lines

April 27th, 2010

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Laura Leone @ 10:23 am

Coloring Outside The Lines: Black Cartoonists as Social Commentators is a new exhibit coming to the San Francisco Public Library’s African American Center that reveals a comic strip’s power to transcend the breakfast table as an instrument for social dialogue. The display, opening April 11th, celebrates the work of nine nationally-recognized Black cartoonists including New Village Press author Keith Knight, who will show his strip the Purple People, among others. Knight will be showcasing his work along with the East Bay legendary cartoon artist Morrie Turner, whose comic strip Wee Pals was among the first in US history to feature African American characters in a positive light during the racially-charged 1960s.

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Judith Tannenbaum Hosts LibraryThing Author Chat

April 20th, 2010

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Laura Leone @ 1:31 pm


For those of you fortunate enough to have picked up a copy of By Heart, Poetry, Prison and Two Lives this month, we imagine there are some burning questions lingering in your mind about this uniquely woven memoir. Short of attending one of the live bookstore readings author Judith Tannenbaum is hosting this month, the next best way to pick her brain is through the online book forum LibraryThing. At this site, Judith Tannenbaum will be hosting an author chat, standing by to field your queries about By Heart, the Arts in Corrections program, and other topics starting this week. Judith’s  Author Page on LibraryThing allows you to send a message to Judith regarding the book, view upcoming By Heart events, and get the latest on all of her published works. She will hosting the online chat from April 19 to May 2nd. Visit http://www.librarything.com/author/tannenbaumjudith to strike up the conversation you have been longing to have with this poet and New Village author!

“Against the Grain” with Roberta Brandes Gratz

April 12th, 2010

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Janice Sapigao @ 3:22 pm

One of our What We See contributing authors and author of The Battle for Gotham, Roberta Brandes Gratz, was featured on the KPFA 94.1 FM Berkeley radio show “Against the Grain” with host Sasha Lilley. They discussed the 1960s struggle over New York City’s future between Robert Moses, the father of urban renewal, and Jane Jacobs, the renowned urban critic.

Lilley spoke with Gratz last week; the interview aired earlier today. Lilley asked Gratz to explain the context in which Moses came into prominence. Gratz described the post-World War II era and discussed the way in which the United States won the war in a top-down militaristic fashion that was the result of “big” thinking. This “big” thinking included improving the economy in great strides and focusing on the expanse of the automobile industry. The manufacturing of cars necessitated their use and the construction of roadways. Gratz firmly stated that the automobile’s boom took place after the war. Prior to that time, the automobile was primarily used for leisure rather than commuting. Gratz explained that the evolution of city structures, programs, and highways matched the growing need to accommodate the car-centric country we have now, with New York as an exemplar. Gratz also talked more about her personal and family history in New York City. She emphasized the importance of Jane’s battles and how the diversity of uses and the diversity of businesses brings about the diversity of pedestrians. Gratz pointed out that one of the most fundamental points about Jane Jacobs was that she was all about observation. (more…)

Updates on By Heart’s Success!

April 5th, 2010

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Janice Sapigao @ 2:06 pm

Our newest title, By Heart by Judith Tannenbaum and Spoon Jackson, has been garnering great reviews! By Heart is one of seven books featured on the Midwest Book Review’s Poetry Shelf:

“Finding a talent and nurturing is the goal of any teacher. “By Heart: Poetry, Prison, and Two Lives” tells the story of Judith Tannenbaum, a woman who taught poetry and literature in a San Quentin prison where she met Spoon Jackson, a man with a unique poetic talent that Judith did not want to waste. She tells their story and the two of them reflect on life, poetry, and the challenges an artist can face under the prison system. Intriguing and a fascinating read, “By Heart” is a worthwhile addition to any literary studies or memoir collection.”

By Heart is also wonderfully summarized and featured on the Grantsmakers in the Arts website. New Village author Arlene Goldbard recently published a beautiful review of By Heart on her personal website, http://arlenegoldbard.com. (more…)


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